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Day trip to Bac Ha Sunday Market Tour

A trip into the mountains to the bustling local market of Bac Ha. Many ethnic minorities converge here to buy and sell their goods in a real local experience. It’s the best place to experience the unique ethnic vibe of the region. Visit a local palace – a throwback to 20th century feudalism in the area and have lunch with a local Tay minority family before taking a boat trip down the river to finish the tour.

From Lao Cai, embark on the scenic drive up to Bac Ha, a sleepy village where the region’s various hill drives converge at the colourful Bac Ha Sunday Market. Meander through the market’s vibrant stalls and witness the lively gathering as people from all over the region hawk a variety of homegrown and handcrafted products.

Visit the charming Trung Do Village, home to the Tay ethnic mi-nority group. Settle down for a tasty lunch prepared by a local Tay family and get a glimpse of village life, before embarking on scenic boat ride down the Chay River.

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Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable. A typical itinerary for a day at Bac Ha would include:

- Drive to Bac Ha (110km / 2.5 hours from Sapa, or 72km / 1.5 hours from Lao Cai).
- Take time to wander around the market, enjoy the atmosphere and have fun trying out your trading skills with the friendly local people.
- Have lunch in a local restaurant where a variety of foods are available for your delectation and delight. You can even try the traditional local lunch of Thang Co (horse stew) and strong corn wine!
- After lunch you will be driven to Ban Pho village where you can take a short walk around the village where Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung minorities live.
- Enjoy an hour long horse carting trip from Ban Pho village to Na Hoi village. *NEW*
- Drive back to Lao Cai or Sapa or your next destination.

Of course we are more than happy to try and arrange an itinerary which is tailored specifically for your needs.  For example, you may wish to visit Can Cau Market on Saturday, have a homestay with local people on Saturday night and then attend Bac Ha Market early on the Sunday morning?  Do feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

Tour guide, private transport, lunch, village entrance fees, snack, water, horse carting trip, rain gear if necessary such as gumboots, raincoat, umbrella

Not Included:
Drinks, personal expenses, travel insurance, tips

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