Located about 76 km from the train station, Bac Ha is a remote district of Lao Cai province. Bac Ha market which takes place every Sunday is famous for the originality and authenticity that the traders still preserve.
Take Bac Ha market tour 1 day that you will have chance to discover the biggest Ethnic minorities market in the Northern part of Vietnam. The market open on Sunday of weekly only. Come here it look like a living museum of cultural and community activities. Where still contains plenty of ethnic culture with original traditions and unique customs.
Visit the famous Bac Ha market in North Vietnam
Explore the traditional customs of highland ethnic groups
Take the opportunity to buy local produce and textiles
The Bac Ha market is one of the largest markets in the northwest region of Viet Nam and is only open on Sunday. It is situated about 110km from Sapa or about 2.5 hours away by bus and is worth every second of the ride.
You will be welcome and pick up from Lao Cai station (If you take overnight train from Hanoi) by our local tour guide with your welcome sign.
Or our driver and tour guide will pick up at your hotel in Sapa at 7.30 am to depart to Bac Ha Market.
You will have a guide on the tour that will be available for any help you might need while you have approximately 2 free hours to explore the colorful market. The market itself is a gathering place for the many ethnic minority tribes such as the Flower H’Mong, Dzao, Tay, Nung and Phu La to trade and sell their wares and it is always full of life. It is most well-known for providing handmade goods, many different types of lacal wines, local food as Thang Co Ngua ( Horse stew), and for trading animals including horses, dogs, brids, snakes, goats, and especially water buffalo.
After shopping in the market, you will have luch in Bac Ha and return to the bus to visit a Black H’Mong village near the market. You will spend over a half-hour in the village where you can learn more about the culture and ways of life the ethnic minority tribes unique to this region.
On the return towards Sapa you will see border of China from the city of Lao Cai where large amounts of industry and shipping take place. You will visit a small pagoda in Lao Cai where the lacals go to pray for their ancestors and families.
Transfer you back to Sa Pa (or Drop off at Lao Cai train station to take overnight train back to Hanoi). Our Bac Ha market tour 1 day will be finish in Sapa around 18:00 or Lao Cai 17:30. Hope you enjoy very much. Happy Travel!
Prices: Per person in USD in the group
3 – 5 paxs
Transportation as programm
English speaking guide during the tour (enthusiastic, experienced)
Meals as mentioned on itinerary.
Beverages, travel insurance, VAT, personal expenses.
Others not clearly mentioned above.
Thing to bring:
Warm clothes, scarf, hat, cap because the weather in Sapa is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold in September, October, November, December, January, February and March.
Due to altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February and March.
Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellent are also necessary. You should take cash with you in Vietnam Dong because banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well. US Dollar, Euro, Australia Dollar are accepted in Sapa.
You should take medicine with you although there are some chemist’s shops in Sapa in case you get sick.
Homestay is totally different from hotel due to its basic and simple facilities. Its in local village: with basic single bed (hot water, mosquito net, blanket)