Sapa Markets on wheels and bike
4 Days/ 4 Nights
Hanoi – Lao Cai – Mong Sen Village – Ta Phin Village – Ta Phin Village – Sapa – Can Cau - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
This 4 days mountain bike trip takes you through beautiful countryside and intriguing villages. You will have the opportunity to observe the local minority communities at work, tending their fields in the shadow of the Chay river massif. The overnight stays in Bac Ha will give you the chance to explore the villages and visit the local market. From Bac Ha you can also visit the Can Cau market, crossing the Chay River by boat to the Bao Nhai village, where a variety of local minority groups can be found.
Tour Code : VA 07
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 – Mong Sen – Ta Seng – Ta phin (13 km trekking, 4-5 hours trekking)
Arrival at Lao Cai around 5:30 in the early morning, you are welcomed by your local guide and driver, have breakfast at the local restaurant then travel by car uphill to Mong Sen village where you start to trek uphill through a mountainous area by following a dirt trail. En route, you will have many opportunities to enjoy spectacular view over rice terraces and corn fields. Your trek continue by going downhill to Ta Seng and Ta Phin villages where you can meet Red Dzao and Black Hmong tribes, two largest tribal groups in Sapa. Here you stop to take a rest and have your lunch at the local home stay. The following is that you are transferred back to Sapa by car. Tonight you stay overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
Day 3 (Sarturday): Sapa – Can Cau Market – Bac Ha (75km riding, 5 km trekking)
You will start out from Sapa by cycling on the dramatic road leading downhill towards Lao Cai. For the next 1 1/2 hours, you will do not need to use the pedals, just concentrating on the road and enjoy the fantastic surroundings. After a short time passing the bustling town of Lao Cai, you will be again in the countryside of the Red River valley. The temperature now is much different from what you experienced earlier this morning. For the next 20 km you will be driving in lowland area, before reaching the village of Pac Ngam. Now we have a long and sometimes steep ascend to our final destination of today, Bac Ha. Should you feel tired from riding the bike, your jeep will pick you up and transfer to Can Cau Market which is hilly but very beautiful. After discovering this amazing market, we ride back to Bac Ha Town for your lunch and check in your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit one small village of Flower Hmong ethnic minority before cycling back to Bac Ha
Day 4 (Sunday): Bac Ha Market – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
You will have the opportunity to visit the Bac Ha market. The huge market is always a riot of color with its collection of ethnic peoples. Flower Hmong, Phu La, Dao Tuyen are just a few of the tribes present. All gathered here to buy and sell their products. We start out from Bac Ha by cycling downhill to Bao Nhai, where we get on a boat to have a cruise on the Chay river. It is a perfect way to finish our trip by sitting in the boat exploring the life at the riverbank. Your jeep will wait for you in Bao Nhai and take to Lao Cai Railways Station to reach the train back to Hanoi..
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The tour price includes:
English or French speaking guide
Good mountain bike
All entranced fees
Two round train tickets
The tour price excludes: