Friday, September 13, 2013

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour class: Private tour 
Tour price: please contact us

Highlights

Beautiful, animated and colorful Sunday Market of the hill tribal peoples with festive atmosphere.
Magnificent and stunning landscapes of Bac Ha highland. Boat trip along Chay River.


Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B, L, D)

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday
Pick you up at Lao Cai train station transfer  to Bac Ha Town let via Lao Cai city.  Arrive to the market place at about 09.30am, right at the most crowded hours. Spend two hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the market activities and festive atmosphere. All peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Sunday for shopping, but socializing is of great importance. The cattle and clothing sections are the most interesting until 11.00 and then comes the food section where peoples meet, talk, enjoy food and especially drink a kind of locally made corn-wine.

Lunch break in a local restaurant. Then leave Bac Ha for half an hour road ride downhill to Trung Do village which is beautifully set in a valley on the eastern bank of the mighty Chay River. Take an hour leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in large stilt houses andl have maintained well their traditional way of life. Walk to the boat pier in mid afternoon, boarding a boat for cruising downstream the Chay River for an hour to Bao Nhai. Boat cruise end at Bao Tan Village, near the motorway.
Picked up and transfer to Sapa for overnight.

Day 1: Trek: Ma Tra – Ta Phin – Sa pa - Lao Cai (B, L, D) 

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday
We will pick you up at Lao Cai railway station by bus, to take you to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour arriving at 08:00. After breakfast and a morning shower, we start trekking on winding trail into remote area, then start descending into fantastic Ma Tra valley passing lush rice-terraces, corn fields on slopes and enter Ma Tra village with Black H’mong tribe where we will discover their daily life. Chances to meet and talk with locals  working in the fields are plentiful. We will break for a picnic lunch on route the continue trekking to Ta Phin village inhabited by mainly Red Zao tribe who are famous for their colourful handicrafts. Stroll around the villages and visit some hospitable Red Zao families to learn about their culture. Take a jeep back to Lao Cai for catch a night train to Hanoi. 

Day 3: Hanoi arrival
You will arrive in Hanoi at 05.00am. Tour finishes.

What's Included in the Tour Cost :

English or French speaking tour guide. (Surchage for French speaking guide $.10/day)
Return train tickets HN-LC-HN
Road transfer by good vehicle and mountain experienced driver.
Permission and visiting fee.
Lunch in local restaurant or picnic.
Boat trip if needed.
Drinking water and snack for the whole trip.

What's Not Included in the Tour Cost :

Personal Pocket Money
Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
Insurance