One day to explore Bac Ha market from Sapa

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Spend one day to explore values of Bac Ha market from Sapa city!



  • Explore the most important and famous market in mountainous area  
  • Meet the local and find out more about their culture and habits 
  • Visit Hoang A Tuong’s Palace and observe its design 
  • Stroll to Pho village and feel peaceful atmosphere 
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off service at Sapa city center  

Brief Itinerary:  

7.00: Pickup time at the hotel in Sapa city center area and then transfer to the market. 

Arrive at Bac Ha market. Spend your time to explore the market with many handmade stuffs.  

12.00: Have lunch at the local restaurant.  

In the afternoon, you will visit Hoang A Tuong’s palace and Pho village. Listen to stories about them from tour guide. 

16.00 - 16.30: Come back to Sapa city center. Tour ends. 


After meeting tour guide, you will 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. Maybe you don’t know, there are at least 8 ethnic groups such as Black Dzao, Nung, Tay, etc. attend to this market.  

Come here, 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. You can find many brocade clothes with different colors and details. 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. Don’t forget to look around and try some local foods here. When you come to corn wine counters, you can ask the local people to try the corn wine – the traditional wine of the local.  

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. Hoang A Tuong sold drugs and supplied necessity items: salt and petrol. 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 around 16.00 - 16.30. Tour ends. 


  • Pickup and drop-off service in Sapa city center;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Lunch;
  • Entrance fees;
  • Transportation in tour.


  • Water;
  • Tips and personal expenses;  

Please Note

  • Bac Ha market opens only on every Sunday;
  • Pickup and drop-off service at Lao Cai station (5 USD/pax/way);
  • Timeline of activities can be changed depending on weather or other factors; 
  • You should bring good walking shoes, hat, water and cash;   
  • The price is not applied in holidays. 

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