Sunday, September 15, 2013

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Muong Khuong market - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour type: private
Price: contact us

OVERVIEW

Big market with a wide range of ethnic groups: Hmong, Dao, Nung, and merchants from other ethnic groups who come all the way from China to sell their products. Several Pa Zi women sell traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees.


TOUR ITINERARY

Night 1 (Saturday): Take the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
Please, be ready at your hotel lobby at 20.00 for a short transfer to Hanoi railways station for taking the overnight train (first class 4 beds cabin with air-condition) which arrive in Lao Cai city, near the Chinese border next morning.

Day 1 (Sunday): Muong Khuong Market - Sapa Town (B, L, D)

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday
Meeting your Sapa guide and driver upon your arrival to Lao Cai Station early in the morning, freshen up and Breakfast before transferring 55km to Muong Khuong. The road was recently upgraded to ensure smooth drive and enjoy beautiful scenery of the lush mountainous region along the way with some stops for nature wanders and photos. Arriving to the market place you will spend the whole morning joining the local tribal peoples of different groups coming from remote villages to attend the market for their most important week end activities. Shopping? Of course. You can see a variety of things for sales from farming products, medicinal herbs, spices to Chinese made electronic appliances... but is not as important as meeting, contacting, socializing and enjoying food! It is easy to realize the H'mong and Zao through their colorful dresses and head gears who are the massive at the market. The Ha Nhi, Tu Zi, Tu Lao peoples in smaller numbers and wear unique traditional costumes which are not so colorful but beautiful. 
You will sit down for a simple Lunch while the market is getting over. The trip back to Lao Cai is more interesting for having lot chances for personal contacts with locals on the way back to their villages. Then the road goes uphill to Sapa offers spectacular view of mountain and valleys to make the drive shorter. Arriving in Sapa in middle afternoon, check in hotel and enjoying a leisure walk around this charming town. 

Day 2 (Monday): Sapa tribal village -  walk to Ma Tra & Ta Phin - Night train to Hanoi (B, L, D)

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday
Starting from hotel with your guide, you will follow a trail running through fruit and orchard gardens, lush pine forests to a Black Hmong ethnic minority village named Matra, isolated away from the civilization. Chickens, water buffalos, pot - belly pigs and piggy everywhere, some locals will be happy to invite us to their home which offers chances to see their dwellings, weavings on belly looms to makes traditional costumes out of hemp fiber...Our path weaves itself up and down hills, through valleys with terraced rice fields which create spectacular landscapes. After picnic Lunch, we get to Ta Phin Commune where the Black H'mong and the Red Zao live together. It is very interesting to realize culture assimilation: Which can be mixed, which can not! At the end of the footpath, our car is waiting for us for the return journey to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back. Trip ends when arrives in Hanoi early next morning. 

Day 3: Hanoi arrival

You arrive in Hanoi around 05.00am. Tour finishes.

Tour price includes
• Transfer with private car as indicated in day by day itinerary.
• Return overnight train deluxe class in 4 berth cabin with air-conditioning.
• Accommodation.
• All meals as listed in day by day itinerary.
• Visiting fee, tax and service charge.
• Local English speaking tour guide.

Tour price excludes
• Meals not indicated in day by day itinerary.
• Drinks and personal expenses.