The markets in the north of Vietnam offer a cultural experience quite unlike any other. As well as seeing the amazing skill which goes into the traditional craftwork on sale, you will meet the people who made it. The joy of the marketplace is the rich cultural diversity, with people from all of the different ethnic minority groups gathering to buy, sell, barter and socialise. This tour will take you from Hanoi to visit two of the best markets in the north-east region of Vietnam.
Type of tour: Private
Tour code: SP 9E
Departure date: Daily
Destination: Can Cau, Bac Ha, Sapa, Northern, Vietnam.
Duration: 3 days
Day 1: Ha Noi - Can Cau market
Day 2: Bac Ha Market - Boat Trip on Chay River
Day 3: Hamrong - Thac Bac - Hanoi
You will be collected by an English speaking guide who will take you from your hotel to Hanoi Train Station. You will then take the night train to Lao Cai Train Station.
Highlights and activities: Hanoi. Lao Cai night train
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Not included
Ha Noi - Can Cau market on Saturday (B, L, D)
You will be collected from Lao Cai Train Station
for a 2-hour drive along the border with China, passing through wonderful landscapes of mountains and valleys. Today you will visit Can Cau Market
which is 20 km from Bac Ha
. Can Cau
is a special market. It is smaller and not as busy as Bac Ha Market
, but it has the added bonus of being less touristy.
After exploring the market, you will travel to Bac Ha
around midday where you will have lunch and check into a hotel. In the afternoon you can walk to Thai Giang Pho Village
(4 km) to learn about the life of the Flower H'mong
and the Nung
. You will meet some local families and may even be invited for a drink of tea or corn wine (considered a local specialty) with them. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish, and we suggest you walk to the palace of the H'mong King
which is not far from your hotel. You will spend the night in Bac Ha
Highlights and activities: a 4 km hike
Accommodation: Lap Xuan's Homestay
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Bac Ha Market - Boat Trip on Chay River (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will walk to Bac Ha Market
. Upon entering the market, you will be amazed at the overwhelming medley of colours, sights and sounds. The stalls are overflowing with fascinating goods from handmade clothing to speciality ingredients. The market becomes even livelier when you enter the livestock section, with people bringing along pigs, cats, buffalos, and horses to sell.
After lunch, you will drive to the Chay River
for a 2- hour boat trip upstream to see the wonderful landscapes by the riverside. After the relaxing boat ride, you will drive to Sapa
with a short break in Lao Cai
by the border with China
. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Sapa
Highlights and activities: a 2 hour boat trip
Accommodation: Sapa Horison hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hamrong - Thacbac - Ha Noi (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will visit Ham Rong (Dragon's Jaw) Mountain to take in fantastic views of the whole town, with the rice paddies in the background. Up here on the mountain, you can also see beautiful orchard gardens, the traditional stilt houses of the Tay people and watch traditional music and dance performances.
In the afternoon, your guide will take you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa (Silver Waterfall), and a little further up to the top of Tram Ton Pass which is also known as Heaven's Gate. You will see a long, vast valley on one side and high mountains on the other. From here you will be able to see Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina. After taking in the breath-taking views, you will travel back to Sapa at about 16:00 to prepare for your train journey back to Hanoi.
Highlights and activities: Fansipan, Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Pass
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
We take you to the parts other can't reach!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English .
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
Tour Price Includes
English speaking guide
All transportation and transfers
Meals as indication
Entrance fees and permits where applicable
Bottle of water on coach.
Tour Price Excludes
Hotel: only 2 star hotel in Bac Ha
Pre & Post trip accommodation
Tips and expenses
What to take
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat, towels, toiletries, flash lights, sunglasses & hat with shade...
Have a good journey!