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Beautiful and colorful Tuesday Market of the hill tribal peoples living around Coc Ly Commune and the northern region of Bac Ha District with festive atmosphere. Meeting to hill tribal peoples such as: Flower Hmong; Black Zao; Tay; Nung…, who go to the market in their best traditional costume not only for shopping but mainly for socializing.
Magnificent and stunning landscapes of the mountainous region in the far-north and Chay River Massif.
Itinerary in Details
Night 1: Hanoi – Sapa night train
Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, transfer to the train station to take the night train to Lao cai. The train leaves Hanoi around 20:30. Overnight on train.
Day 1: Sapa – Cat cat village – Silverland waterfall( B, L )
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 05:00 AM. There will be a vehicle and tour guide waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Arrive Sapa and enjoy breakfast at the hotel ( There will be surcharge if require early check in ).
From hotel, we then do the a tour with car and guide to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Back to the hotel , check in, then enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon you travel by car toward the Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. The walk commences at a point nearby the waterfall, by a descent on a trail through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Tranfer back Sapa town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Sapa - Laochai & Tavan villages (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we start the trip to the Lao Chai village, take picture of paddle field and visit minority house and school. The lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H'mong and Red Dzao. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Sapa – Cocly market ( must be on Tuesday) – night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Leave from Sapa early at 07:00AM for CocLy market, which is situated far from Sapa. Enjoy the peaceful life of 6 different minority peoples (Flower H'mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, HaNhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another's experience.
Arrive in the market place at about 09.00am, at crowded time of the market. Join local ethnic peoples for about 2 hours of the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as activities of this weekly market. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicinal herb…especially meeting smiling peoples every where. Coc Ly is also famous cattle market where local farmers from villages in the region sell and by cows, horses, water buffaloes, pigs…, and there is a large ground just beside the main market place for this activity. The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunch time.
Leaving the market at noon, boarding a motor boat and cruising down stream the Chay River for 1.5 hour to Trung Do village of the Tay which is beautifully set on the bank of the river. Spend about an hour walking to explore this charming village before continuing the boat trip briefly to a small town Bao Nhai. We then drive back Lao cai for night train back Hanoi. Overnight on train. Arrive in Hanoi early morning next day, around 05:00AM, please take a taxi to your hotel. End of tour.
| Location || Superior || First class || Deluxe |
| Sapa || H’mong Sapa 3* || Chau Long II 4* || Victoria Sapa 4* |
- 1 night at hotel and 1 night at home stay
- All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
- Private English or French speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurant with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Round tirp train ticket with soft sleep 4 berth/cabin Hanoi – Lao cai, Lao cai – Hanoi
- Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
- Mineral water & towel
- Government taxes & Service charges
- Pre & Post trip
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, soft drink during meals
- Tips and gratuities