Coc Ly Market (Tuesday) is a small market where you can meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Tay, Nung, Day, Phu La. The trip offers you a one-way boat trip along the beautiful Chay River. Attend Coc Ly market that known to travelers as the most simple market of that unexplored and uncommercialized yet. At the market you will discover a large amount of knowledge of hill tribe, learn about their daily life, typical culture and custom and especially you can find the atmosphere of trade barter with (fabric, rice, corn, horse, big…) happening at highland markets in Vietnam.
Day1: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai
08:00 Pick up at the lobby of the hotel in Hanoi transfer to Hanoi Railways Station for the night train to Lao Cai
Day 2: Lao Cai – Coc Ly Market (Tuesday) – Boat trip – Sapa
Your tour guide and driver will meet you at Lao Cai train station in the early morning, freshening up and enjoy breakfast at the local restaurant nearby. Then you will travel about an hour via rich farmland with lush fruit garden and tea farms, turn left to the tough road for 20km, passing some canyons, mountain passes and villages to Coc Ly Market. It is a rural market on every Tuesday. About 50km east from Lao Cai, the market lies on the bank of Chay River, surrounded by steep mountains covered with fabulous forest. To go to the market, minority people such as: Flower Hmong, Tay, Nung… from remote villages have to wake up early to walk up and downhill for hours. You can spend few hours joining the locals at the market for your own experience. After that, you will board a sampan and follow the Chay River downstream for a discovery of wild nature and minority lifestyle in this “off beaten” track region. A long the river, we will stop to have a short walk about 1 hour to visit Trung Do village which is the home to Tay tribe before traveling by boat to the end of river to meet our driver and transfer to Sapa. You stay overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa – Sao Chua village – Hau Thao village – Lao Cai (12km trekking)
You have buffet breakfast at the hotel before traveling by car up to Sao Chua village, home of Black Hmong tribe where you start trek about 12km along the remote and quite route through beautiful mountainous area. Along the way, you will have many opportunities to enjoy the spectacular view over rice terraced and corn fields as well as experience the real things of Sapa because this area is non tourist along the way. You will take a break to have lunch at nice place along the way before trekking towards Hau Thao village where you can see people make clothes by hand and dye clothes by using indigo plant. We return by car to Sapa in the afternoon, you can have shower at the hotel before being transferred to Lao cai to catch the night train to Hanoi.
– All meals on the tour
– English-speaking guide, Entrance fees, Security permits.
– Accommodation (Home-stay and hotel),
– Night Train tickets 2 ways Hanoi-Laocai -Hanoi (soft sleeper with air-conditioning, cabin of 04 berth Train)
– Transport by private Jeep as tour program.
– Jeep go and back as the program
– Phone calls, other private expenses.
Notes: Advised to take good walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent …