One day to explore Can Cau market from Sapa

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8 Hours
Hotel pick-up

What To Expect

If you are wonder about how the local market in mountainous area looks like, you should take a visit to Can Cau market, a famous local market in the north of mountainous area in Vietnam. You will have interesting experience to immere yourself into hustlle atmosphere and meet friendly people.



  • Explore the local market with rich valued culture 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 find out more about the local life 
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off service at Sapa city center  

Brief Itinerary:  

7.30 - 8.00: Pickup time at the hotel in Sapa city center area and then transfer to the market. 

Arrive at Can Cau 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.  


Can Cau market is located at Can Cau commune, Lao Cai province which is about 100km to northeast from Lao Cai province center area. It takes around 3 hours to transfer to the market from Sapa city center. You will meet tour guide and start the tour around 7.30 to 8.00 AM. 

The local can’t give an exact time when the market appears but until now, Can Cau market is one of the most important and interesting markets in mountainous area. However, you should know that Can Cau market just opens on Saturday per week, it doesn’t open every day. The market nears to flank of the mountain with around 1 hectare area. The market has 2 different sections: Almost the area of the market will sell craft (brocade, accessories, etc.) and specialities, a part for selling livestock like buffalo, the others part of market have foods, daily tools for life such as chopstick, bowl, etc. Come here, you not only visit the local market but also can explore the special cultural features of ethnic minorities. Don’t forget to capture all of beautiful moments during trip! 

After visit the market, you will come to Bac Ha town for your lunch. Take time for rest and enjoy lunch at the local restaurant.  

Then, in the afternoon, you will visit one more place depending on the local brew the wine on that day or not. If they do, you will move to Pho village of Flower Hmong people to learn more about their traditional corn wine. If the local don’t brew wine on that day, you will go to Hoang A Tuong Palace.  

With the local village, you will have a closer view to the ethnic minority’s life as well as their habits. You can stroll on small paths of the village and listen to interesting stories about the village. You also can visit the local and observe how it looks. As you know, one of some main jobs of the mountainous area is growing food crops like rice, corn, etc. Therefore, people always want to take advantage of all plants for serving their needs in life. It is the reason for appearance’s corn wine. You will have the opportunity to know about the progress of making this traditional wine. On the way, you will see some women and children in colorful traditional clothes carrying baskets. 

About Hoang A Tuong Palace, it 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.  

On the returning way, you will stop at by Lao Cai International Border Gate for stretching your legs. You will have short time to be relaxed, go to WC or just sightseeing the views around there. Behind the border gate is China. From there, you can see Red River which comes from Yunnan, China and 510km in Vietnam.  

Come back to Sapa city center or your departure point 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

  • Pickup and drop-off service at Lao Cai station (5USD/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 market opens on Saturday every week only;
  • The price is not applied in holidays.

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