Explore Bac Ha market and Lao Chai Ta Van from Lao Cai station

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From Lao Cai station, we will pick you up and give you a beautiful experience to visit highlight market and villages of ethnic minorities. Our tour guide will lead you to explore the landscapes with valley, mountainous and terraced fields as well as their special culture in traditional clothes, habits and growing rice jobs. You can leave all of stress behind and enjoy the real atmosphere of Sapa!



  • Explore Bac Ha market, one of the most important markets in mountainous area 
  • Observe the local’s life and find out about their culture 
  • Visit villages of ethnic minorities  
  • Admire the nature’s beauty with beautiful views 
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off service at Lao Cai station 

Brief Itinerary: 

Day 1: Lao Cai station - Bac Ha market (on Sunday only) (B/L/D) 

5.30 - 6.15: Pick you up at Lao Cai station to the hotel in Sapa city center. Have breakfast and take a short rest before transferring to Bac Ha market. 

9.30 - 10.00: Arrive to Bac Ha market. Take time to discover the market. 

12.00 - 12.30: Have lunch at the local restaurant in Bac Ha town.  

13.00 - 13.30: In the afternoon, you will visit Hoang A Tuong’s Palace and Pho village.  

16.00 - 16.30: Return to the Sapa city center. Check in the hotel. 

Have free time at leisure.  

Have dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 2: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L/D) 

9.00 - 9.30: Start to trek to the route: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van.  

12.00 - 12.30: Have lunch at the local homestay of the local. 

In the afternoon, continue to Ta Van village. 

Get the bus to return to Sapa city center. Enjoy your free time until get the bus to Lao Cai station at 17.30. 


Day 1: Lao Cai station - Bac Ha market (on Sunday only) (B/L/D) 

After meeting the driver at Lao Cai station, you will be transferred to the hotel in Sapa city center to get the breakfast. Then, meet tour guide and get the bus to move to Bac Ha Market. It takes about 2,5 hours to reach the market from Sapa city center area.  

Bac Ha Market only opens one day of week, on Sunday. The market is located in center of Bac Ha town. This is one of the biggest and the most popular market of mountain area near borders. There are at least 8 ethnic groups such as Black DzaoNung, Tay, etc. attend to this market.  

You will see many stuffs from foods, souvenirs to clothes, even animals which are shown on small stalls. One of attractive points of the market is looking at ethnic minority’s traditional clothes. Walk around the market, you can immerse to crowded and bustle atmosphere and learn more about their culture as well as their lifestyle. The local people come here not only for selling stuffs but also for communication among ethnic groups.  

Have lunch with local dishes at Bac Ha town.  

After lunch, you will visit Hoang A Tuong’s palace and Pho village.  

Hoang A Tuong Palace is a big building with 4000m2 area and took 7 years before completing in 1921. This palace was a nightmare of many people in the war time as it and Hoang A Tuong (the owner) stood by French side and always find methods to exploit the people. This palace has a great feng shui: a large hill behind the palace, the two sides having mountains and a stream in the front. Its architecture is a combination between French style and Tay people. 

Then, you will move to Pho village which is located near the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The village is home of Hmong people. Main jobs off the local here still growing rice, making corn wine. Pho village’s corn wine is quite famous and has its reputation. You will listen to interesting stories from tour guide about the it as well as the local’s life.  

Get the bus to come back the hotel in Sapa center.  

Have dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L/D) 

You will meet tour guide around 9.00 AM and then start trekking day tour at Y Linh Ho – Ta Van route with the distance about 12 km.  

Trek to Y Linh Ho, a village is located at flank of mountain. The local live dispersed and not concentrate to just one area. The name of village is similar to the man came this land to live, tilled and sowed the land. The village is surrounded by Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The main job of the local is rice growing. Therefore, hitting on your eyes is a picture of many rice terraces. If you come here in harvest season, you can be overwhelmed by its grandeur and beauty with perfect yellow color.   

Then, you will move along Muong Hoa Stream to Lao Chai village. You will go to Lao Chai and Ta Van village. Lao Chai is about 7km from Sapa city center. Two villages are home of Tay and Hmong people. They are located between Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Ham Rong mountain which makes good condition for people can live. Come here, you will see many terraced fields and the local are working on their fields. If you visit Sapa in harvest period, you can be amazed by the golden view of ripe rice. This is a proud of the local people which is evidence for their efforts. 

Have picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village to get the energy back.   

Go to Ta Van village - home of Dzay, Hmong and Red Dzao ethnic people. Stroll on small paths of the village while observing landscapes of rice fields and small cottage houses near there. Its atmosphere is quite peaceful with wild nature, it is an ideal place for you to run away from busy life. Although their living standard is low, you can see that the ethnic minority own slow paced life.  

Get the bus to return to Sapa city center. Have free time to be relaxed before transferring to Lao Cai station. Tour ends. 


  • Pickup and drop-off service at Lao Cai station; 
  • English speaking guide; 
  • Entrance fees; 
  • Accommodation: 1 night at 3-star hotel (standard room); 
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) 


  • Tips and personal expenses;   
  • Other services are not mentioned in the itinerary. 

Please Note

  • Pick up time at Lao Cai station will be varied from 5.30 - 6.15 depending on your train schedules; 
  • If you want to upgrade to superior room with garden view, you will pay extra fee: 230,000 VND/room/night (10 USD);    
  • If you want to upgrade to deluxe room with city or garden view, you will pay extra fee: 350,000 VND/room/night (15 USD);    
  • If you want to upgrade to deluxe room with mountain view, you will pay extra fee: 460,000 VND/room/night (20 USD); 
  • Bac Ha market opens only on every Sunday; 
  • You should bring good walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and cash;  
  • You should bring small backpack with essentials; 
  • Timeline of activities can be changed depending on weather or other factors;   
  • No homestay option for this tour;   
  • No recommended for the elderly and children; 
  • The price is not applied in holidays. 

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