Duration:2 Days 3 Night
Tour route:Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Topas Ecolodge - Muong Hoa Valley - Lao Cai - Hanoi
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes of Vietnam. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news or gossip. The package is a combination of a stay at Topas Ecolodge, where you can explore the pure nature, peace and unique views over the mountains, with an unforgettable experience of encountering the various tribes in their colorful traditional dress, enjoying the fresh smell of exotic herbs and spices, sharing the abundant rice wine and purchasing some local souvenir products in their food stalls.
Night 1 : Hanoi – Lao Cai (Overnight on train)
Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to the railway station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on Sapaly Express Train – Wooden deluxe soft sleeper cabin with 2 berths.
Day 1 : Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Overnight at Topas Ecolodge (B,L)
The train arrives at Lao Cai Station, local guide picks up and transfer to have breakfast at local restaurant in Lao Cai. Departure for a visit to local market of ethnic minorities (depending on the day).
There are the markets of Coc Ly (or Ban Cam on Tuesdays), Lung Khau Nhin (Thursdays), Can Cau (Saturdays) and Bac Ha (or Muong Khuong or Muong Hum on Sundays), all located in the surrounding mountainous area, 70 – 90 km from Lao Cai. All of the markets are colorful with many different hill tribes living around the market, gathers in a morning of the week. They come to the market not only for purchasing their local products, but also for their special social event. Have lunch
In the afternoon, transfer to Topas Ecolodge, check in to your Room and enjoy the view of the valley and dotted mountain surroundings. Overnight at Topas Ecolodge.
Day 2 : Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai (B,L,D)
The morning is at your leisure at Topas Ecolodge.
10.00AM, pick up and drive to Sapa for lunch before enjoy a short journey of 20 minutes by car to Muong Hoa valley. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy in the Sapa area. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black H’mong minority to Ta Van village of the Day minority, providing the opportunity to see the different traditions and costumes of the two ethnic minority groups.
At the end of the day, transfer to Lao Cai by car, having dinner before boarding the train. The train will arrive in Hanoi around 4h30 am. End of trip.
Note: It is possible to change the market day to day 3 if there is no market on day 2.
Transfer from hotel to Hanoi railway station
All transfer in Sapa per program
English speaking guide during tour
1 night at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe bungalow)
All indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper in 4-berth AC cabin)
All entrance fees to the indicated places.
Pre and post trip accommodation
Drinks and Beverage.
Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen…
Please take your passport to check in hotel
Beware of your luggage and money
Inform in advance if you are vegetarian
All customers must obey the order of your tour guide for your safety
Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
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