Sapa Pha Long Market Day Tour

The Pha Long market is open on Saturday morning. Join our Pha Long market day tour to visit breathtaking landscapes of the mountainous region

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

The Pha Long market is the alternative option to the Can Cau market, is open on Saturday morning. Join our Pha Long market day tour to visit breathtaking landscapes of the mountainous region along the border line of Muong Khuong District, Lao Cai Province and the Chay River Massif.

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Located only 3 km from the Chinese border, 72km north-northeast of Lao Cai City, Pha Long is one of the remotest communes of Lao Cai province. There have been a few visitors to come to the region so far because of the strict security control in the border region as consequence of the conflict between the two countries in from 1979 to 1989. Security permission is needed to arrange before arrival. However it is sure that Pha Long Market is among the most interesting tribal market in the northern mountainous region owning to the breathtaking landscapes of the surrounding diversity of the local tribal peoples.

Depart from Sapa early in the morning at about 07.30 am for an hour road transfer downhill to Lao Cai city. Continue the road trip 55 km along national road 4C to Muong Khuong Town let, through the lush farm land of Lao Cai, featured with terraced rice fields on the lower valleys and evergreen tea farms on the higher hilly land. Then turn left to follow provincial road 153 for 17 km along the border line to Pha Long Market which takes place every Saturday. Arrive at the market place at about 09.30 am, right at the crowded hours. Spend about 2 hours joining local tribal peoples such as Flowery Hmong, Blue Hmong, Black Zao, Tay, Nung, Pa Zi and Tu Zi…who where their best traditional costumes which are colorful to the market. Shopping, of course but more important than that is socializing.

Leaving the market place for paying visit to a village of the Pa Zi and Tu Zi which is beautifully set on mountainsides near the road before arriving to Muong Khuong town let where lunch is served in a local restaurant.

Afternoon road trips takes about 2 hours along the provincial road which sneaks up and down mountains and valleys. Enjoy several stops along the way for beautiful landscapes of Lung Khau Nhin and Cao Son Communes.

Transfer 46 km back to Lao Cai City.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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