Discover Vietnam Markets – Can Cau and Bac Ha

From £168 - £350pp (Depending on group size)

Northern Vietnam

4 Days, 3 Nights


What you'll do

This four-day tour takes you to two of the liveliest (and less visited) local markets in the Sapa area. Visiting the markets, your senses will be overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells coming from the maze of stalls. With your expert local guide, you'll experience things most won't as you meet people from many of the different local, ethnic groups in the area and learn about their cultures and traditional crafts. This amazing cultural discovery will all be set against the stunning back of Sapa's rice terraced mountains and sweeping valleys.

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Your Local Host:

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Vietnam up in the rural areas of the tea country and growing up I developed a passion for the outdoors and just exploring the unexplored. I worked for my grandfather, in the rice fields in the Phu Tho province. And as I grew, so did my curiosity for the world, bringing the ambition of wo.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Hanoi ­ Lao Cai ­ Bac Ha

Your local guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi at earl morning, you will travel towards Lao Cai for lunch. Your first stop will be a visit to the H’mong King’s house (King Hoang A Tuong), which was built, by the French and the Chinese in 1920. This unique combination of European and Oriental styles is reflected in the grand architecture of the building. You’ll then trek to meet the Flower Hong community in Ban Pho Village. The Flower Hmong have the most colourful and extravagantly decorated traditional outfits in the area, most of which are made by hand. You can learn more about their culture as you have lunch in a local house. You will continue along the trails to Na Hoi Village where you will spend the night with a local family.

(Meals included: lunch and dinner).

Can Cau Market - Trek Bac Ha

Following the mountain road via Bac Ha Town to Can Cau Market (20 km from Bac Ha). Although Can Cau is smaller than some of the other markets, it is special as it has retained its local, authentic appeal. Few tourists come here, so you will be able to get a real feel for the local cultures. After exploring the many fascinating stalls, you will trek from Ta Giang Pho to Lau Thuy Ngai, this route features some  incredible views along the way, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural landscapes and terraced rice fields, you will be able to meet the local people who belong to the Red Dao and Black Hmong ethnic groups. The last parts of trekking takes place in the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and rice paddies, before the transfer pick you up, to head back to homestay.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Bac Ha Market - Sapa

Today you will walk to Bac Ha Market, along with the local people also going to peruse the many enticing stalls. This is one of the most colourful markets in the area and looks more like a festival or celebration than a weekly market. The whole area is alive with activity, added to by the scuffle of pigs, cats, buffaloes, horses all being taken for sale.

After Bac Ha market, you can chill as you enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Chay River. As you float along the calm river, you will be able to sit back and take in the incredible views. When you disembark the cruise, your vehicle will be waiting to take you to Sapa for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will trek from Sapa towards the Muong Hoa Valley which showcases magnificent views of rice paddies which ripple across the mountains. You’ll then head for dinner at a homestay in Tavan for the night.

Sapa - Hanoi

After breakfast at the homestay, you will trek through the verdant valley to visit two different villages belonging to the Black H’mong and the Dzay people. You will stop for lunch with a local Dzay family before joining the jeep back on the road for the drive to Lao Cai. You will continue your journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 18.30.

Reviews (1)


Friday 8th February, 2019

We started our journey with our guide Minh and our driver Long to the Ba Be lake where we stayed for two days. We did one fabulous trekking of 17 km through the mountaineous region around the lake. The second day we did some tough cycling and afterwards easy kayaking down the river. We also visited the amazing Dong Phuong cave. The next days was tiresome because of the many miles through North Vietnam. But it was worthwile due to the incredible scenery and the excellent driver Long in the comfortable car. We visited the waterfalls at the sino-vietnamese border and a cave on our way back to Cao Bang. The trip to Dong Van was beautiful with the highlight of the Ma Pi Leng Pass. In the neighbourhood od Ha Giang we stayed at a Tay family. The people were very kind but we endured a hard night there. The next day we reached Bac Ha, where we visited the Night market. A nice folkloric performance on stage with singing and dancing. The last day started at the colourful morning market in Bac Ha and ended in Sa Pa where we also visited the Hmong village. That was to our opinion a bit too touristic, but maybe we were already a bit spoilt because of the many more authentic villages we saw earlier that week. During the whole trip Minh was our fantastic guide who provided very relevant information on all the aspects of the journey and furthermore he was very kind and helpful. As a summary we can only cocnclude that if was a pleasure travelling with Mr. Linh Adventures. We recommend this 8 day- trip to anyone who wants to discover this unique part of Vietnam.

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Discover Vietnam Markets – Can Cau and Bac Ha