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 – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – (B, L, D)
Pick up at Lao Cai station transfer to Sapa for breakfast and check-in hotel (if available).
12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. after lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.
Home-stay at the Dzay local house.
Day 2: TaVan – Giang Ta Chai – SuPan – Sapa (B,L,D)
Breakfast before start tour with 14 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the car to return to Sapa.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: BAC HA MARKET (on Sunday only) – (B, L,D)
Breakfast in hotel.
Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).
In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on around about way to Bac Ha for get back to Lao Cai to catch the train to Hanoi.
Night 4: Lao Cai – Hanoi by night train – overnight on the train
|Homestay & Hotel 2*||USD 129|
|Homestay & Hotel 3*||USD 135|
|Homestay & Hotel 4*||USD 145|
All meals, English speaking tour guide, Transportation, Village entrance fees, hotel accommodation, home-stay, train tickets for round trip.
Drinks, Personal travel insurance, Tips
You Should Bring
Comfortable trekking shoes, Waterproof jacket, Sun-cream, Suitable clothing, Mosquito repellent.