Colorful Sapa Market Tour 3 Days

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price from: $193 USD

Bac Ha is the largest Sunday Market as well as the most colorful in the area. Here you can meet mostly Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities. The market offers a variety of local products, which will not be found in other areas and a big and interesting animal market. Your trip in Sapa includes also trekking tours

Highlights of trip:

  • Enjoying the scenery on a drive to the sleepy village of Bac Ha
  • Meandering through the vibrant stalls of Bac Ha Market
  • Witnessing the bewildering array of ethnic minorities that frequent the market
  • Experience the uniqueness of local life

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Full Itinerary

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NIGHT 1: HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI

In the evening

At 09:00 pm, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel then transfer to the station for a night train leading to Sapa. The train leaves at 22.00 from Hanoi railway station.

Meals included: __/__/__

Overnight on train (sharing a 4-berth cabin)

Parameter: On train: 10 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • Enjoy the landscape of Muong Hoa Valley and the trek through Hmong Village and Red Dao Village.
  • Bringing insect protection, trekking shoes and clothes will be very useful for these activities.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water, and that you know where fresh water is available along your trekking.
  • Buy local food or handicrafts as gift for your relatives.

DAY 1: LAO CAI – BAC HA MARKET – SAPA

In the morning:

  • At 6:00 am, you will be met by local guide and driver upon your arrival at Lao Cai station then transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast (optional).
  • Then start our drive to Bac Ha town. The road is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai bridge.
  • After crossing the bridge, we begin our journey up to Bac Ha having beautiful views over the valleys. Bac Ha market, located in the heart of Bac ha small town is the largest one in the area. Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minority come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • We drive downhill towards Lao Cai for about half an hour. We stop on the way (before reaching Lao Cai) to take a short walk to Trung Do village inhabited by Tay people. Tay villages are always set up at the foot of a mountain or along a stream and are named after a mountain, a field, or a river. Each village contains about 15-20 households. A large village is divided into many small hamlets. The houses are built on stilts or level with the ground.
  • Stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River. The scenery is very beautiful on both sides of the river.
  • The boat trip will end at Coc Ly where your vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey back to Lao Cai. End of tour.

Market optional: If the day you come is not Sunday, you can change your schedule by replacing one of the similar markets bellowed:

  • Coc Ly Market (Available on Tuesday only)
  • Cao Son Market (Available on Wednesday only)
  • Lung Khau Nhin Market ( Available on Thursday only)
  • Can Cau Market (Available on Saturday only)
  • Muong Hum Market (Available on Sunday only)
  • Muong Khuong Market (Available on Sunday only)

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Sapa

Parameter: Driving: 5 hours/Boat Cruise: 1.5 hours/Walking: 30 minutes

Free time idea(s):

  • Enjoy the must-try local dishes: Bac Ha sour noodle (Pho chua Bac Ha), Thang Co
  • Try the medicinal bath with Herbs of The Red Dao Ethnic

DAY 2: SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

In the morning

  • At 8:00 am, after having breakfast, you will meet up with your driver and guide. Let’s begin the second day in Sapa
  • The first destination is Lao Chai village, which lies in the valley. Both its sides are the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and grandeur Ham Rong Mountain. The village is surrounded by rice terraces which connect Lao Chai to mountains to soak up the clouds in the sky.
  • Next, you will visit Muong Hoa valley – one of the most famous destinations for breathtaking scenery and is the largest farmland for rice growing in Sapa, spreading over 4 kilometers length, 2 kilometers width with at least 159 stone.
  • Then, we will go trekking from here to Ta Van Village where the Red Dzao and Dzay people are settling down. The road leads to Ta Van village that is small and narrow. Along two sides has a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of corn and rice (it depends on season).

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local family and enjoy a simple lunch that brings new tastes

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon

  • Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village which lies silently by a majestic waterfall and was hidden by old trees and bamboo groves.
  • At 05:00 p.m, you will be transferred back to Lao Cai railways station for your night train back to Hanoi. You may have your own dinner in a local restaurant around that area.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight on night train (sharing a 4-berth cabin)

Parameter: Driving: 1 hours/Walking: 4 hours/On train: 10 hours

Day 3: TRAM TON – SIN CHAI – SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

In the morning

At 8:00 a.m, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel then you start your day to discover the last day in Sapa

  • You will be transferred towards the Silver Waterfall known as the highest in Vietnam with a 300m drop. An ascent to the base of the waterfall will enable you to explore the surrounding landscape.
  • After taking a short walk to the waterfall, we continue our drive to the Heaven Gate of Tram Ton which can be considered as the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. Enjoy the marvellous views of Fansipan from the Gate, the highest peak of Indochina.
  • Then we start our walking trip by going downhill a dirt trail, through bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park.

Lunch time: 13:00 – at a nice spot nearby a river.

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, we continue our trek to Sin Chai village, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. Then we visit the village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area.
  • We will be picked up by our car for the journey back to your hotel in Sapa. End of service

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight on night train (sharing a 4-berth cabin)

Parameter: Driving: 180 km/ 4 hours

DAY 4: HANOI ARRIVAL IN EARLY MORNING

In the morning

At about 5am, arriving in Hanoi, you have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country

Meals included: __/__ /__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Today useful note(s):

  • Check all your luggage and belongs before checking out and make sure you miss nothing
  • Walk around the old quarter for shopping if you have much free time in the morning

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Qualified accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets
  • Delicious included meals with local tastes as being clarified
  • Means of transportation as being clarified
  • 2 bottles of water each day
  • Service charges

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any un-clarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • Bank fee
  • Extra charge on local Tet or special occasion

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Children Policy:
Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)

Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult

Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?

A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for the visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need the visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer the free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Electric

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

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