Northern Tribes & Markets 5 days
In Vietnamese culture, the market place is an important meeting place, not simply a place for trading. This concept has always remained with Vietnamese culture
There is not one child who does not want his or her mother to take him or her to the market. Why? Because many people live in remote area and work hard in the fields or elsewhere to make a living. People have few opportunities to meet friends, relatives or neighbours. So a market is a great place to fulfill those needs. Without a marketplace, life can be quite boring. Communities therefore chose to establish markets for reasons beyond shopping. For example, some young people want to meet each others to find their life partners. They feel a need to belong to a community and also may wish to share handicraft and fashion ideas. The women love to show off their talentt. People often go to a great deal of effort to travel long distances over many hills and valleys. Some even cross the border to reach the market. There is always a lot of excitement and joy associated with the market place environment.
This trip will introduce the most colourful markets of the tribes living in north Vietnam. You will encounter many interesting people, and visit their villages that are located at the foot of Vietnam’s highest mountain, Mt. Fansipan.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Friday . Hanoi - Bac Ha (L/D)
Your adventure starts with the drive to the mountain town of Bac Ha in the Far North of Vietnam. The journey to Bac Ha will take the best part of the day. The drive is worthwhile though, as the scenery on your northward journey into the highlands is both dramatic and breathtaking. Arriving in Bac Ha late in the afternoon, you will check into the hotel and use the remainder of the day with a short walk around the mountain town. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 2: Saturday. Can Cau Colorful market (B/L/D)
Following breakfast you take a drive 12km on the scenic road to Can Cau Saturday Market, home to the flower Hmong hill tribe minority people. This market is more authentic. The very colourful flower Hmong people converge from far away villages to trade and exchange goods here. Local farm produce, Tho cam (indigo clothes) dogs, cats, pigs, horses and more are on sale here. Local people wear their best Saturday clothes. Young men and girls come from many of the surrounding villages in order to meet each other. This is a golden opportunity for any photographers, as the diverse colors on display are truly magnificent. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 3: Sunday. Bac Ba market - Sapa (B/L/D)
The Sunday market transforms this quiet mountain town to an exciting and colorful place. Bac Ha Sunday market is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives, and it is a typical weekly activity for the H’Mong and other minority groups living in the locality suach as Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities. Local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. At the fair, adventurous gastronomes can try "thang co" or try blood porridge, a popular dish of the H’Mong and other local people. Leave Bac Ha for Sapa via Lao Cai border-town. Free. At leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Monday. Sapa (B/L)
You have full day trek from Sapa town that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will meet. Stop for lunch on the way before continue to visit Ta Van village, inhabited by the Day ethnic minority. Rejoin car transfer back to Sapa for overnight.
Day 5: Tuesday. Sapa - Hanoi (B/L)
You bid farewell to beautiful Sapa and its friendly people. Drive back to your hotel in Hanoi. End of services.
Option: Clients can back to Hanoi by night train and overnight on the train. The train normaly arrives in Hanoi at around 5:00 am
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|First Class Category / 4-star hotel|
|Bac Ha||Sao Mai hotel||Deluxe|