Sapa trekking and Can Cau Saturday market
3 Days/4 Nights
This is a unique market, which takes places only on Saturday. Situated in the mountainous area near the border with China, 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Here you can meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower H'mong, Nung, Phu La as well as Chinese people. The trip offers you a boat ride along Chay river and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority.
Night 1 (Wednesday Night): 7.00pm Depart from Hanoi by taxi to Hanoi Railway Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with air-conditioning, 4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request)
Arrive in Lao Cai at 5:30 or 6:00am.
Day 1 (Thursday): Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village (5 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages - B, L, )6 : 00 Am - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Take a drive of 40km to your hotel in Sapa town. Have breakfast in restaurant. The guide will help you to put your bags in the Hotel luggage store then take you to explore Sapa town. Back to the Hotel for check in. Have lunch.
After lunch, a walk down to the South-West of Sapa (around 4km), pass through the market to the sealed pathways to Cat Cat village. This twisty beautiful vista road leads you to stairs where we descend to the centre of the Black H'mong’s village then keep going down to the Cat Cat waterfall. This is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French. You can swim in the small river if weather permits. Walk along by the river about 6km to visit Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up to the road back to Sapa. You have free time to have dinner and to explore Sapa town at night.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.
Day 2 (Friday): Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai Villages - Sapa (7 hours trekking, 17 km, 3 villages - B,L, )Breakfast at Hotel. Trekking down the valley where to visit 2 villages of the H'mong and the Dzay. Picnic lunch on the way or in a local family. Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, visiting a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Walk up to the road for the transfer back to Sapa. Free for your dinner and your own leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.
Day 3 (Saturday): Sapa - Can Cau Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B,L,)After breakfast, you will travel by car to Can Cau, which is 120km from Sapa. Situated in the mountainous area near the border with China, 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower H'mong, Nung, Phu La, ethnic costumes. Chinese people also come for trading. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town, where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you drive downhill for about half an hour. You will then start a short walk to Trung Do village which belongs to Tay minority. Here you can visit a traditional Tay house, before getting on a boat. You will have a cruise upstream the Chay River to experience the picturesque scenes on the river banks. You will then cruise down stream to the Bao Nhai Bridge, where you get on the car for the journey back to Lao Cai.
You can have dinner at restaurant in Lao Cai before catching the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden Cabin. (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. Tour ends.
Includes:- Full transportation by A/C vehicle as tour program indicated.
- A/C 4 berth soft sleeper train (4people/cabin)
- Sightseeing fees and permits.
- English speaking guide
- Boat trip
- All meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Accommodation as program, based in twin sharing or double (on request)
Excludes:- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.
Because Can Cau market open every Saturday so the tour departure: every Wednesday or Friday
Price: Private tour
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