Sa Pa markets exploring - Can Cau & Bac Ha market

Duration: 3 days 4 nights

Destination: Hanoi - Sapa - Bac Ha - Can Cau Market

The valleys surrounding Sapa are home to several of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, each with their own distinctive dress, customs and dialects which can all be seen at the weekend markets in Sapa area. Can Cau Market is a small, but very colourful market, set in the mountains near the Chinese border. Almost every Saturday around 8 different minorities are represented at the market. And Bac Ha market with all it's colourful ethnic people as Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen who gathers to buy and sell will be the next destination.


3 Days to Explore Hill Tribe Villages and Markets


Night 1: Ha Noi - Sa Pa
21:00 pickup at the hotel. Transfer to railway station for a night train SP3 at 22:00 to Sapa.
App. Accommodation: Overnight train.

- Day 1 (Saturday): Can Cau - Bac Ha
Picked up at Laocai Train Station, transfer to CanCau market. It takes more than 2 hours to get to CanCau - a small market situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and only 7 km from China. The market deeply shows the typical cultural features of the minorities in remote mountainous areas in Vietnam. Further more, you can enjoy seeing boys and girls in colourful costumes - different colours of the mountains. They attend the market in the hope of finding "the other halves of their lifves" and this is also the time for them to chat, to exchange everything among different ethnic peoples through cups of wine sold in the market. Drive to BacHa. On the way, spend time visiting a village of the Flower H'mong and then check in hotel in BacHa. Free to explore the town. Lunch in CanCau or in BacHa and dinner in BacHa.
App. Meals: B - L - D. Accommodation: Hotel.

- Day 2 (Sunday): Bac Ha - Sa Pa
Breakfast and the beginning of the day on which you visit a big market filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. This is the most colourful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy BacHa people's simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches... talking to the minorities through the guide's interpretation. Leave the market for the H'mong King's house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920. Return the town for lunch. In the afternoon, spend time visiting another village (Ban Pho village) Say good bye to Bac Ha and get back to Sapa. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel in Sapa.
App. Meals: B - L - D. Accommodation: Hotel.

- Day 3: Sa Pa
Breakfast, check out hotel at 10:00 AM. Get downhill by jeep to the valley then walk for 3 villages of the Black H'mong and the Dzay people. Lunch at a Dzay family. Get up to the road for a jeep back to Sapa. Then take bus to LaoCai Station for the night train to Hanoi. Dinner on the train. Arrive in Hanoi round 4:30 AM. The end of tour.
App. 4 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages. App. Meals: B - L - D. Accommodation: Overnight train.

- Day 4: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi round 5:00 AM. The end of tour.


  • All meals as mentioned
  • English/french speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel (Double/twin sharing room)
  • Train ticket Hanoi - Laocai - Ha noi (Soft sleeper berth with AC)
  • Private car/jeep transfer.


  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Others not mentioned