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SP 06: Sapa 6 Villages & Bac Ha Market

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Duration: 3 days Transportation: Hanoi

Route: Hanoi

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)
us$ 164
(per person)

Bac Ha has one of the most interesting ethnic markets in Vietnam and possibly everywhere in South East Asia: " Sunday is market day in Bac Ha, which is the occasion for the various local ethnics to gather in huge crowds to exchange the last news, gossip, shop, and eat a copious lunch. It was visibly a festive event. I was surrounded in a sea of color, and had the feeling to be on a movie set. Everyone seemed excited. A few men rode small horses. Those fortunate enough to be able to pay 10000 dongs (75 cents) arrived at the back of a motorcycle, sharing the ride with two other passengers. Most came on foot, from villages as far as 20 kilometers away. Even the old hunched lady was not going to miss the weekly party. Although there were several ethnics at the market, the Flower H'mong women stood apart with their vibrant dress. They wear a number of skirts and underskirts all made with very colorful fabric and some batiks. Their tops are embroidered, often with flower motifs, and their heads are covered with elaborately shaped and balanced scarves. In the rapid global uniformization of today's world, it was refreshing to see this untouched beauty in humanity..."

With 2 nights on the train and 2 nights at hotel in Sapa, the trip will bring you unforgettable experiences.

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Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai by Train
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10. 
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/ cabin or 2 people/ cabin on request).

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Visit 2 Minority Villages (B, L, -)
Sapa market | The old cathedral | Cat Cat village | Sin Chai village


6:00 AM - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Take a drive of 40km for over an hour drive uphill to Sapa. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. 

Check in your hotel, having Lunch and noon Break before departing for a walk to Cat Cat village locating near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Spectacular scenery of mountains and terraced rice paddies changes after every corner as you walk downhill. Getting through Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong, you will pay visiting to some local homes, witnessing their daily life activities and experiencing their hospitability. Continue walking down to the valley bottom, having a break at a stunning waterfall where the French built a hydraulic power station. After that you will walk uphill and make a loop around the valley to visit Sin Chai village - the village of H’mong people and then back to Sapa in late afternoon. Dinner will be on your own.
In the evening you have free time to explore Sapa town at night.

Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town. 


Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own


Day 2: Sapa - Explore 4 Minority Villages (B, L, -)
Y Linh Ho | Lao Chai | Ta Van | Giang Ta Chai 


After breakfast at Hotel, transfer 6km along the main road to a beautiful spot where your village trek begins. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and in a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visiting to some H’mong families, watching them doing their daily works. The trail continues up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach to Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then following the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people, paying visiting to local homes, village schools… you will enjoy much your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. 

Leaving Ta Van village after Lunch and following the foot path uphill, you will pass through impressive terraced rice paddies on the hill slopes before getting through a bamboo forest, a huge waterfall to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples. Walking around the village you will meet many women with their embroidery work to make their traditional dresses, occasionally you can see the blacksmiths making farming tools and even hunting riffles. Walk up to main road for the transfer back to Sapa. Dinner will be on your own. After dinner, you are free at your own leisure.


Night 3: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town. 


Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel and Picnic Lunch. Dinner on your own


Day 3: Sapa - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L, -)
Bac Ha Market | Trung Do | Chay River | Fairy Cave | Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth | Lao Cai


Wake up early for Breakfast and check out your hotel at 07.00 for a 3 hour road ride to Bac Ha (120km from Sapa) via Lao Cai. The road trip is long and hard but the landscapes along the way is so beautiful and several stops at beautiful spots makes the journey shorter. Arrival in Bac Ha at about 10.00 at the most crowded time of the market which is very active and colorful thanks to the traditional dresses of the tribal peoples, especially of the Flower H’mong. You will join the locals at the market for your own discovery, taking a lot of photos as well as enjoying funs. 
Leave the market for excursion to Ban Pho village of the Flower H’mong and Tay which sits on the sides of several hills looking down a stunning valley. Lunch break in a local restaurant before leaving Bac Ha. The journey down hill is very different from the way up and you will enjoy some photo stops before paying visit to Trung Do, a Tay Village impressively nested by the side of the Chay River with hundred of spacious wooden houses which are well organized in the harmony with surrounding nature. Also from here you will enjoy a boat trip along the Chay River for magnificent landscapes of this untouched region then visit Fairy Cave.
A car will be waiting for you at Bao Nhai Bridge then transfer to Lao Cai. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth in Lao Cai. Reach Lao Cai in late afternoon. Taking a shower in a guest house and Dinner on your own before taking the overnight train to Hanoi leaving at 20:15.


Night 4: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/ cabin or 2 people/ cabin on request).
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own
Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel - Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12.00 (noon)

What's Included:
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Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin).
- Sightseeing fees and permits.
- Boat trip along the Chay River.
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
- Accommodation as program based on twin sharing or double (on request).
 

What's Not Included:
- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
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- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.

 

Good to Know:
- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
 
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category   Price per person for 2 night stay
02/5/2012-30/9/2012 01/10/2012-31/12/2012
Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 24
US$ 24
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 44 US$ 44
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 48 US$ 76
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 154 US$ 164


- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request.
- The private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
- Joining group tours are only applicable for maximum 3 paying persons.
- Itinerary of joining group tours may be changed.
- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.


Very important notice from TUN Travel:

- Child definition: from age of 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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