In the rugged mountains of northwestern Vietnam, the town of Bắc Hà holds a big, bright and busy market every Sunday. Attracting hundreds of colorfully dressed ethnic minorities from the surrounding countryside, this market is not only a draw for locals, it’s a big hit with foreign and domestic tourists too. On the one hand, Bắc Hà market is a fascinating spectacle: a superb example of a traditional minority market in Vietnam’s wild northern mountains. It’s a tourist circus, where minority peoples are often treated like performing animals, and much of the financial profit finds its way into the hands of the majority ‘Kinh’ Vietnamese, not the minorities. It can be a confusing and, sometimes, unsettling experience. One thing’s for certain: the increasing number of tourists is changing Bắc Hà Sunday market. It remains to be seen whether this will be for better or for worse.
Night 1: Hanoi – Sapa by night train – overnight on the train
Day 1: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van ( B,L,D )
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 am. Pick up and transfer to Sapa . After breakfast we leave the hotel and start trekking down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. After this you continue to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Have picnic lunch on the way then keep going to the bottom of Sapa valley. Jeep back to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai ( B,L,D )
Have breakfast at your hotel. Trek around 10 km to visit two villages of the Black H’mong (Cat Cat and Sin Chai). Visit the waterfall and hydroelectric power station established by the French in Cat Cat village, nice landscapes of green forests and beautiful scenery along the way. Walk back to Sapa. Check out the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon, free to visit Sapa town, market, church and flower garden in Ham Rong mountain… Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa – BAC HA MARKET – Lao Cai – Hanoi ( B,L,D )
At 7:30AM checking out the hotel then take the minibus to go to Bac Ha (arrive at about 10:00AM). At the market day you have opportunities to meet local people from the remote villages in their traditional costumes. They are 4 different tribal groups Flower Hmong, Black Dao, Toy and Phi La, in the afternoon taking 2 hour walk to visit Ban Phi – A Flower Hmong village which is located in scenic valley. Then bus transfer back to Lao Cai railway station round 16:30 for the night train to Hanoi
Night 4: Lao Cai – Hanoi by night train – overnight on the train
|Hotel 2*||USD 135|
|Hotel 3*||USD 155|
|Hotel 4*||USD 169|
All meals, English speaking tour guide, Transportation, Village entrance fees, hotel accommodation, train tickets for round trip.
Drinks, Personal travel insurance, Tips
You Should Bring
Comfortable trekking shoes, Waterproof jacket, Sun-cream, Suitable clothing, Mosquito repellent.