Discover Vietnam Markets – Can Cau and Bac Ha

Summary

Itinerary

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.

Highlights of the Trip

Visit the H’mong King’s house (King Hoang A Tuong), with its grand architecture built by the French and the Chinese in 1920.

Trek to meet the Flower Hong community in Ban Pho Village.

Immerse yourself in tasting of Can Cau Market (20 km from Bac Ha), the local famous market for purchasing all kinds of goods from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.

A big trek from Ta Giang Pho to Lau Thuy Ngai (12-15 km), get the incredible views along the way, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural landscapes and terraced rice fields.

Walk to Bac Ha Market, one of the most colourful markets in the area and looks more like a festival or celebration than a weekly market.  (3-5 km trek)

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Chay River.

Pass Muong Hoa Valley showcasing magnificent views of rice paddies which ripple across the mountains.

Trek through the verdant valley to visit two different villages belonging to the Black H’mong and the Dzay people, lunch with a local Dzay family.

 

What's Included

All accommodation stated in the itinerary

All meals stated in the itinerary

All tours and sightseeing tickets

Experienced, English speaking guide

What's Not Included

Personal expenses

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ActivityReviews

  1. Ryan

    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.