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SP04: Sapa 2 Villages - Can Cau & Bac Ha Market

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Duration: 3 days Transportation: Hanoi

Route: Hanoi

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)

from US$ 192
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Ethnic minority peoples or hill tribal peoples dominate Sapa as well as the northern mountainous region of Vietnam. Although minority people lived their traditional live basing on self subsidiary style, the need for exchanging their products is always strong. And more than that the wish of meeting others for socializing is very important which adds special significant to the meaning of markets in the mountainous region where most of the ethnic minorities live in remote and isolated villages.

It is always a fantastic experience to visitors to attend one of these local markets as part of a memorable vacation in Vietnam.

Can Cau Market
Can Cau is a rural ethnic market, simply set up on the open ground at the side of a mountain, looking down a picturesque valley about 20 km north of Bac Ha. It is every Saturday morning when hundreds of ethnic peoples mainly Flower H’mong gather to sell their farming products and buy necessities. The market’s most colorful part is clothes section with shirts, blouses, skirts…or parts of the traditional costumes with embroidery patterns in different motifs lying on dark batik background but may be the most interesting section is the tobacco and wine section when buyers are allowed to taste the product before buying and many men get too drunk to buy anything more!
In the perfect light of the early morning, It is not only the colorful market and the peoples but also the beautiful surrounding nature make the visit here an unforgettable trip, especially for nature lovers and photo hunters.

* The road ride takes 30 minutes from Bac Ha (22km), nearly 3 hours from Lao Cai (90km) and about 4 hours from Sapa (Aprox 130km).

Bac Ha Market
Opened every Sunday at the center of Bac Ha Township, this is the biggest ethnic market in Lao Cai Province and probably among some most interesting ones in the northern mountains. Some thousands peoples from ethnic groups including Black Zao, Tay, Phu La and Flower H’mong wearing their best traditional clothes attend the market to turn it into a kind of festival. Commodity sold at the market is varied from embroidered clothes, handicraft, farming produces, food… to poultry and cattle such as vegetable, spices, chili, chicken, cat, piggy, doggy… At the market place, after finishing their shopping, peoples gathered into groups at footstalls or restaurants enjoying “Thang Co” a kind of H’mong traditional specialty, drinking corn wine and talking cheerfully.
Some hundred meters away from the main market place is the buffaloes and horses market and it is really interesting to see the buyers carefully searching in order to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the animals before buying because a buffalo or horse is a real important property in their farming work. The best time to join the market is from 09.00 to 12.00 but it is fascinating to spend few hours earlier to see the people along the trail to the Bac Ha Market.
It is worthwhile to spend at least a day and night here to explore some ethnic villages nearby and joining the locals for the best market for a memorable experience.

* Bac Ha is located 70 km, northeast of Lao Cai City and take about 2 hours by road; 105 km from Sapa and takes 3 hours to go by road.

Lao Chai Village About 8 – 9 Km southeast of Sapa town on the west bank of Muong Hoa River, Lao Chai is a commune composed by three large villages with over 100 families of the Black H’mong ethnic. From a high point of the main road 8 Km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river. The H’mong people in this village experience rice intensive farming on the lower land near the bottom of the valley as main source of earning while growing corn on the mountain slopes at the back of the village.

Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colourful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups. A stay with one of the farmer families here will give you a close-up experience of the life-style and culture typical of the area. Trekking in the surrounding area is most satisfying.

Joining some thousands tribal peoples from different ethnic groups in their colorful traditional costumes who gather at regional markets for their most important event of the week, you will quickly absorbed by festive atmosphere and understand the important role of these markets in spiritual life of local ethnic peoples. This is a can-not-be-missed experience offered by our Sapa Market Excursions which are made for those who are interested in discovering new cultures and especially for photo hunters.

Tour Price & Availability:

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Night 1 (Friday): Ha Noi - Lao Cai by Train
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Day 1 (Saturday): Lao Cai - Can Cau market - Bac Ha Town (B, L, -)
Lao Cai | Can Cau Market | Ban Pho Commune | Bac Ha Town
6:00 AM - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Meet your local guide and driver, freshen up and enjoy Breakfast in a local restaurant before taking a drive up hill to Can Cau Market - a small market situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and only 7 km from China. The journey takes about 2.5 hours through the lush farmland of Lao Cai plateau and later spectacular mountain scenery of Bac Ha District. Arriving right at its most crowded time, the market is filled with cheerful faces and you will be absorbed into the market by festive atmosphere, colorful traditional dresses, exotic smell of corn wine and herb… until noon when it gets over to realize the beautiful surrounding. Driving back to Bac Ha town, you will check in hotel and enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
After along break for your recovery, the afternoon excursion will take you to visit Ban Pho Commune of the Flower H’mong and Tay people which is included some small hamlets scattering on hilly land in a perfect nature setting. Walking around the village you will encounter the hospitable ethnic people, living in wooden houses with earthen wall surrounding by lush plump garden… There is a chance to see how corn wine made and if lucky you will enjoy a H’mong dance with the Khen. In the evening you are free to explore the town.

Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Bac Ha - Sao Mai Hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own

Day 2 (Sunday): Visit Bac Ha market - Sapa (B, L, -)
Bac Ha Market | Trung Do | Chay River | Fairy Cave | Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth | Sapa
Every day always begins very early in Vietnam. Especially on Sunday in Bac Ha. You will be waken up early by the sound of the peoples on the way to Bac Ha market. While having Breakfast you will see lot of Flower H’mong with their horses loading with selling’s passing by the hotel. So today morning is for joining in Bac Ha Market for the most important week end activities of the local ethnic peoples. You’d better with your camera walk an hour away from the market place for the active scenery while all the paths towards the market are full of peoples, children and horses… Back to the market at about 09.30 you will enjoy the market at its best. Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant with set menu before checking out hotel and leaving Bac Ha. The journey down hill is very different from the way up and you will enjoy some photo stops before paying visit to Trung Do, a Tay Village impressively nested by the side of the Chay River with hundred of spacious wooden houses which are well organized in the harmony with surrounding nature. Also from here you will enjoy a boat trip along the Chay River for magnificent landscapes of this untouched region then visit Fairy Cave.
A car will be waiting for you at Bao Nhai bridge then transfer to Sapa. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth in Lao Cai. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel. 
You are free at your leisure to explore the town at night or to do as you wish.

Night 3: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own

Day 3 (Monday): Sapa - Explore Muong Hoa Valley - Night train to Hanoi (B, L, -)
Sapa | Lao Chai | Ta Van Village | Night train to Hanoi
Breakfast at hotel. Today morning, you will explore the spectacular Muong Hoa. A car will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies… walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages… Our suggested walk starts from Lao Chai village of the H’mong along the river to Ta Van, the Zay village. 
You will be picked up at Ta Van Bridge and drive back to Sapa at noon. 

Afternoon is at your leisure for wandering Sa Pa town and market until late afternoon when transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20:15.

Night 4: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own
Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel - Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12.00 (noon)

What's Included:
- Full transportation by private A/C vehicle as tour program indicated.

- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin)
- Sightseeing fees and permits.
- Boat trip along the Chay River.
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
- Accommodation as program based on twin sharing or double (on request).
- The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.

What's Not Included:

- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned. 

- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.


Good to Know:
- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02). 

- Group tours are not available for this tour option.
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category  Price per person for 2 night stay
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Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 35
US$ 35
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 40
US$ 40
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 40
US$ 60
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 85
US$ 100

- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request. 
- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

Very important notice from TUN Travel: 
- Child definition: From Age 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact our trip advisors for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants:
The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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