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Sapa add on weekly hill tribe markets

Sapa Market
Can Cau Market; Coc Ly Market; Muong Khuong Market; Binh Lu & Tam Duong Market; Bac Ha Market
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The weekly markets of the north are a kaleidoscope of colour and excitement, bustling with weird and wonderful activities. Vietnam OpenTour can take you to them so you can witness the trade and camaraderie of the local minority people. A perfect add-on to the last day of your Sa Pa trip!

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Can Cau market on Saturday (Option 1)

Can Cau - a small market situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and only 7 km from China. The market deeply shows the typical cultural features of the minorities in remote mountainous areas in Vietnam. Further more, you can enjoy seeing boys and girls in colourful costumes - different colours of the mountains. They attend the market in the hope of finding “the other halves of their lifves” and this is also the time for them to chat, to exchange everything among different ethnic peoples through cups of wine sold in the market.

Coc Ly market on Tuesday (Option 2)

Leaving Sapa early in morning or picked up in Lao Cai arriving with the train from Hanoi. The ride from Sapa will take us approx. 2 1/2 hours. We visit the market on Tuesday with all it”s colourful ethnic people such as Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen who gathers to buy and sell. We explore the market in full swing before boarding a sampan on wild reiver though breathtaking scenery. We visit Tay village and have picnic lunch by the river bank. From Coc Ly you will experience the magnificent sight of the beautiful landscape and daily life in the mountain. We return to Sapa or to Lao Cai train station for your overnight train back to Hanoi. From Sapa the ride tour takes between 8 & 10 hours.

Muong Khuong Sunday market (Option 3)

Leaving Sapa early Sunday morning.
We ride on the craziest dirt road around Sapa to Muong Hum market.
The ride takes approx. 2 -3 hours 40 Kilometers to reach Muong Hum.
The scenery is amazing and no tourists are going by that way because the road is stuck for a year by a landslide and only motorbike can pass by that way. All the long the way you will see different minorities Black H'Mong, Red Dao.
Arrive in Muong Hum we visit this very interesting local market frequented by Tu Di, Dao Tuyen, Ha Nhi, Flower H'mong and Giay minorities. We enjoy in a small local restaurant and after lunch we visit Ha Nhi village.In the afternoon the ride trough the incredible landscape will bring us to Sa Pa or to Lao Cai train station depending of your wishes.

Binh Lu market & Tam Duong market (Option 4)

(Sapa - Heavens Gate - Binh Lu - Tam Duong - Phong Tho - Sapa) (Day trip or 2 day trip from Sapa) We do organize the trip every days not only on Sunday for the market, because we pass trough some minorities villages and we can enjoy theirs daily life and be amazed by the landscape. From the beginning of the day it is uphill, where we will use a lot of energy. We have to rise about 350 m, which will led us to the highest piece of road in Vietnam, the Tram Tom pass, also called Heavens Gate. We start out from Sapa at around 8.30 am, ready to explore some of the most fascinating scenery in Vietnam. From Heavens Gate the scenery and views are amazing. We now begin a sometimes steep descend towards the Nam Mu River. The road conditions here are bother good and bad. We take it easy, we reach the village of Chu Va which is inhabited by the Black H'mong minority. It is still going downhill. And the ride will bring us to Binh Lu. In Binh Lu we make a break for a glass of local beer and after look around in the village and enjoy the local life. From Binh Lu we restart to Tam Duong, on the way you will appreciate that amazing scenery and discover all the long the way the Tai Lu, Tai Laos minority people whose textiles are intriguing. After the village of Tam Duong will still have 15 Kilometers before to reach Phong tho, where we will stop to take our lunch (visit the market on Sunday). In the afternoon we will return to Binh Lu by inside land. A long day of activity, adventure, friendly people and off course a fantastic nature experience is almost over. It is now time for us to ride back to Sapa.

Bac Ha market - Sunday morning (Option 5)

Rising to the sounds of morning coming to life for another lovely day, we have breakfast and head out for a stunning spectacular of bobbling bazzar. Bac ha's considered one of the most wonderful and colorful markets in extreme north Vietnam where thousands of local people in their traditional attires busily buy and sell the local produces. Dog, cat, pig, horse… are all on sales. This is golden opportunity to take best shots! Afternoon we have a pleasant walk to Flower H'mong village of Ban Pho we then transfer back to Sapa.

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  • Transportation in vehicle with driver for four travelers in mountain as under specified:
    • 1 - 3 people: New model 4 WD Japanese car in superior class tour, Medium model 4 WD Japanese car in first class tour
    or No air- conditioned Russian jeep 4WD in standard class tour
    • 4 - 8 people: Ford Transit (16-seater).
  • Fully escoted Local ENG speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fee & permission to visit the village


  • Travel insurance
  • Pre-post accommodation in Sapa
  • Other meals & drinks
  • Admission fees during free time
  • Personal expenses such as shopping; telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All other service is not made on the written form

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