Sapa ethnic markets
Day 1: Can Cau market (Saturday)
6h00 Arrive in Lao Cai train station, have breakfast.
Start from Lao Cai at 6h30, you will first visit Can Cau market. It is small but extremely colorful, set in mountains near the Chinese border. You can see many ethnic groups going to the market from the villages to sell or buy goods. The White Hmong is the most common here, their colorful dress make it the most beautiful sight.
You will spend the whole morning there then go to Bac Ha for lunch. In the afternoon, you can take an easy trek to some nearby villages and visit the “old castle of the former Hmong King” that was built by the French and Chinese architects in 1920. Overnight at a hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 2: Bac Ha market (Sunday)
You will visit this huge market with its colorful array of ethnic people such as the White and Black Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen who gather to buy and sell. This is the most colorful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy Bac Ha people’s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches. You can enjoy lunch in local restaurant. 14h You will then be transported by car to Lao Cai station.
21h15 – Night train back to Hanoi (soft sleeper with air-conditioning).