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Route: Sapa – Can Cau Market – Lao Cai
Can Cau is a busy market which is held every Saturday. Located just below the Chinese border, it is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.
Departure point: Sapa Hotel
Drop-off point: Lao Cai Station
Schedule details: 7:00 –17:00
Early departure from Sapa at about 07.00am Saturday morning. Transfer by road 122km to Can Cau via Lao Cai city and Bac Ha Town let. The road is good but having many sharp bend with a long descend and a long ascend which takes about 3 hours including one or two breaks along the way.
Arrive to the market place at about 10.00 am. Spend two hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the festive market activities where peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Saturday for shopping and socializing. The right location of the market place also offers photo-hunters ideal opportunity for taking photos, not only of peoples in colorful traditional costumes but also breathtaking landscapes of the perfect surrounding. Leaving the market almost at noon, drirve 20 km back to Bac Ha town letfor lunch break.
Leaving Bac Ha after lunch for half an hour driving downhill to Trung Do village which hides itself in a lush valley, on the eastern bank of the Chay River amongst perfect surrounding nature. Take a leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in spacious houses built on stilts and well maintained their interesting culture and healthy way of life. Walk to the river bank in midafternoon, get on board a local motor boat and cruise downstream the mighty Chay River to Bao Nhai. The boat trip ends at Bao Tan Village, near the motorway. Picked up and transfer 45km back to Lao Cai. Trip end at Lao Cai station.
Tour summary: Road transfer approx.5 to 6 hours/ Market visit & walk 3 hours/ Boat trip 1 hour