Bac Ha market is the biggest now, the connecting between the local village in Sapa and the local market will make our trip more interesting, we have a chance to enjoy the huge rice paddy terraces as well as a colorful market. Thousands peoples from different ethnic groups in their colorful traditional costumes who gather at regional markets for their most important event of the week. Everyone will quickly absorbed by festive atmosphere and understand the important role of these markets in spiritual life of local ethnic peoples.
Day 01: (Saturday) Hanoi – Lao Cai – Train
We will catch the overnight train soft sleeper with AC to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 20:25′ from Hanoi railway station
Day 02: (Sunday) Lao Cai – Bac Ha Sunday market – Sapa
After meeting a guide at the Lao Cai railway station we have breakfast there and go to the Bac Ha market for two hours by a van. This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. We can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes . In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people) where we can have look in their houses and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. And then we drive back to Sapa for 3 hours. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 03: (Monday) Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa – Lao Cai
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station to get night train to Hanoi. The guide sees you off at Lao Cai train station and takes you on the train. Overnight on train.
Day 04: Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi in the morning. Back to your hotel by yourself. End of all the services.