Special Sapa markets - Can Cau, Bac Ha & Coc Ly

Duration: 4 days 5 nights

Destination: Hanoi - Sapa

Explore the most three special markets in Northwest Vietnam. Experience the typical cultural features of the minorities in remote mountainous areas in Vietnam. With us discover Sapa area - one of the most wonderful places in Asia and a magical combination of landscapes, ethnic cultures and bracing mountain air.


Visit local markets


Night 1: Pick up from hotel for the night train at at 9:30 PM to get to Laocai Station.
App. Accommodation: Overnight train.

- Day 1 (Saturday): Can Cau - Bac Ha
Picked up at Laocai Train Station to transfer to Can Cau 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. Say goodbye to the market and transfer 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 - Sapa
A walk to BacHa market. Visit one village and an old building called The H'mong king's house. 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 (BanPho village) Say good bye to BacHa and get back to Sapa. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbor Mouth in LaoCai. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel in Sapa.
App. Meals: B - L - D.  Accommodation: Hotel.

- Day 3 (Monday): Sapa - Muong Hoa valley
Check out hotel and start a trekking trip towards Muong Hoa valley to visit 3 villages of the H,mong, the Dzay people with around 14 km of trekking. Enjoy beautiful landscapes, terraced paddy fields. Discover the live of the people with different cultures. Have dinner and spend the night at the family.
App. 7 hours trekking - 15 km - Meals: B - L - D -  Accommodation: Homestay.

- Day 4 (Tuesday): Coc Ly market
Leave from the village early at 6:30 AM 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. Say goodbye to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high rock mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls. The Fairy Cave is located deeply in the rocks. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. After the boat trip, visit a small town - Bao Nhai and then take jeep back to Laocai Station for the night train to Hanoi. Have dinner before getting on the train.
App. Meals: B - L - D.  Accommodation: Overnight train.

- Day 5: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi roughly 4:30 AM. The end of tour.


  • Train-tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai 02 ways
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour
  • English/french speaking guide
  • Boat trip on Chay river
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation (Hotel and home-stay), twin/double sharing room
  • Transportation as the program


  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Others not mentioned