Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Cao Son Market Tour 1 day offers visit of colorful Wednesday Market of the hill tribal peoples living in Cao Son Commune and villages nearby with festive atmosphere. You meet up with hill tribal peoples such as: Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Nung…, in a remote region. Also enjoy visiting magnificent and stunning landscapes of the bordering Muong Khuong District of Lao Cai Province with lush farm land, tea farms and pine plantations as well as the mighty Chay River.
Early departure from Sapa at 07.00 am. Transfer by road 118 km for almost 3 hours, first downhill to Lao Cai City, then uphill through Muong Khuong District onto Cao Son Commune. The road condition is good but having many sharp bends which offers stunning scenery of the beautiful mountainous region along the border to China, especially the terraced rice paddies, tea farms and pine plantations…
Arrive in Cao Son at about 10.00 am, right at the crowded time of the market. Join locals to enjoy the excitement of this weekly market to which local tribal peoples come to attend not only for shopping but also for socializing.
Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local products such as spices; vegetable; farming tools; handicraft; and even medicinal herb…, meeting smiling peoples every where. The market is often over at 11.30 am, leaving the market place for a short walk to explore a charming village of the Flower Hmong nearby before lunch break.
Leave Cao Son after lunch for 25 km road trip on a narrow tarmac which winds its way along the Chay River up and down mountains and valleys through the wild and fabulous land; enjoy several photo stops and short walk to visit tribal hamlets before arriving to Coc Ly Bridge.
Transfer 46 km back to Lao Cai City.