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Discover Bac Ha & Can Cau Ethnic Market

Overview

This four-day tour takes you to two of the liveliest local markets in the Sapa area. Visiting the markets, your senses will be overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells coming from the maze of stalls. You will meet people from many of the different ethnic groups in the area and learn about their cultures and traditional crafts. This amazing cultural discovery will all be set against the stunning back of Sapa’s rice terraced mountains and sweeping valleys.

 

Note: This tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Travel Highlights

  • Sapa: an extraordinary landscape that makes you appreciate the awesomeness of nature Read more!
  • Ha Giang: a firsthand breathtaking karst mountain views, vibrant markets, blankets of flowers, and distinct minority communities Read more!

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01:HANOI - LAO CAI - BAC HA (-/L/D)

One of our English-speaking guides will collect you at your hotel in Hanoi around 7:30AM, and begin your drive towards Lao Cai, where we’ll be stopping for lunch.

After lunch we head to the H’mong King’s house (King Hoang A Tuong), which was built by the French and Chinese in 1920, leading to a unique fusion of European and Oriental architecture, making for an incredibly grand structure.

From here we begin our trekking by heading to a Flower H’mong community in Ban Pho Village. Their culture is named for the colourful and extravagantly decorated traditional outfits that they wear, often made by hand. It’s a truly fascinating culture that you’ll get to learn much about during your time here. Afterwards we continue our trek until we reach Na Hoi Village, where you’ll have dinner and stay the night with a local family. In total the trek is about 3 to 5 kilometres long.

DAY 02:CAN CAU MARKET - TREK BAC HA (B/L/D)

After breakfast in our homestay we’ll drive to Can Cau Market via Bac Ha Town. Although the market is smaller than some others in the regions, it is special in the sense that it has retained its local and authentic appeal.

Few tourists actually come here, which is probably the reason for how it’s achieved this, and as such it makes for a great place to get a real feel for the local cultures of the region. Once you’ve had your fill exploring and perusing the many fascinating stalls, it’s time to trek from Ta Giang Pho to lay Thuy Ngai, which presents you with incredible views along the route as you’re surrounded by wild and beautiful natural landscapes and terraced rice fields. Along the way you’re sure to run into some people belonging to the Red Dao or Black H’mong ethnic groups. The trek is about 12 to 15 kilometres, and when you reach the end our driver will pick you up and take you back to Na Hoi Village for another night in the homestay.

DAY 03:BAC HA MARKET - SAPA (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the homestay, you’ll start the day by walking to Bac Ha Market. Here you’ll spend some time among the local people perusing the many enticing stalls. This is easily one of the most colourful markets in Northern Vietnam, and can look more like a festival or celebration than a simple market.

In fact, the whole area is positively alive with activity, which is only added to by the various animals like pigs, cats, buffaloes and horses scuffling around, all for sale of course.

Once you’re finished at the market, you’ll get an opportunity to relax your undoubtedly sore legs and feet on a cruise along the Chay River. As you float down it’s calm waters, you’ll get to simply sit back and take in the incredible views, and when you disembark, our driver will waiting to take you to Sapa for lunch.

After lunch in Sapa we will head out on another trek through Muong Hoa Valley, which showcases what Sapa is most famous for, namely the amazing views of rice paddies rippling across the mountains. The trek is roughly 3 to 50 kilometres long, and afterwards we’ll head to our homestay in Tavan for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 04:SAPA - HANOI (B/L/-)

After your breakfast on the fourth day, it’s time for your final trek, which will be roughly 3 to 5 kilometres long. We’ll make our way through the verdant valley in order to visit two villages, one inhabited by Black H’mong and the other by Dzay. In the Dzay Village we’ll enjoy lunch with a local Dzay family before being picked up and driven to Hanoi via Lao Cai. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at around 6:30pm.

TOUR PRICE

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.

 

Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.

Inclusions

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).

Exclusions

    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
DestinationAcommodationStarNights
Bac HaHomestay2
SapaHomestay1

Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation received before 15 days: FREE of charge
    • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
    • Cancellation received from 2 days to 6 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
    • Cancellation received less than 1 day prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

FAQs

1. How do I reserve my tours with The Terrible Tour Guide Travel?

Just complete and send the reservation form on our website, making sure that you have given us your e-mail address and phone number. As soon as we receive your request we will contact you to confirm the reservation. It is our policy to reply to all requests within 24 hours.

2. Do you have tours available on specific dates?

Almost all of our tours are daily departure. To make a booking, you must submit a reservation form. Then we process the booking and reply to you within 24 hours.

3. I don’t want to make a reservation online, what can I do?

You can reserve by phone or WhatsApp: You can call our 24/7 call center hotline at + 84 343 470 507 (also available on WhatsApp)

4. Can I make a reservation directly through a travel agent?

Yes, of course if you would like to make a reservation directly with the tour operator or travel agent, you will need to contact them directly. However, we are in good position to make the offer, make the booking and run the trip as we are a local tour operator.

5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?

You will be notified via an e-mail (within 24 hours after placing your order) and we will do our best to suggest or book an alternative similar hotel based on your preferences and our experience.

6. What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?

We can only guarantee bookings made at least 3-working days (not including Sun & Public holidays) before the departure date.

7. How far in advance can I book?

You can book as far as 24 months in advance, but please ensure you remember you have made the reservation. We will charge 30% of total rate is required upon the confirmation of services require full payment 60 days before departure.
You can expect to receive the invoice as a reminder well in advance of your trip.

8. How do I make a reservation for someone else?

To complete a reservation for someone else, simply type in his or her name instead of yours for guest name. Don’t forget to use your email address to receive your confirmation information.

9. What happens to my tour booking if my flight is delayed?

Please inform us and the hotel immediately as any changes or fee will depend on the hotel policy. We will also try our best to offer you similar ground services.

10. Is it reliable to book online?

Making an online reservation is easy and safe. Just complete the secure reservations form (SSL – 128bit), making sure that you give us your e-mail address. As soon as we receive your request we will reply within 24 hours.

Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.