Banner Banner Banner Banner Banner Banner
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Online support

Subcribe Email

Elegant Travel Located at 216 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VN.Reviewed by 2048 Khách hàng. Rated: 9.5/ 10 (Excellent)



Being a minority ethnic people market, the town of Bac Ha is famous for its Sun day market  which is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives every Sunday.

    • Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is the largest and most colourful market in the area and attracts throngs of villagers from the surrounding hill tribes. Some walk several hours for the weekly opportunity to trade and barter food, animals, clothes and household goods. 80km from  Sa Pa , Bac Ha Market is not only the place for buying and selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging. On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and mountain roads are full of people and horses pouring to the market. People usually sit in groups around a soup pan ("thang co") eating and chatting.

      Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai


       Transfer from hotel to train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

      Day 1: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa

      (B, L, D)

       Welcome by a local guide at Lao Cai station. Breakfast then transfer 60 km to the morning Sunday Bac Ha Market, the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).

      In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on a round about way to Bac Ha for get back to Lao Cai. 

      Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa

      (B, L, D)

       Breakfast at hotel. Start the tour with 6 km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes…on the way. Get back to Sapa by jeep or motorbike.

      Over night at hotel in Sapa. 

      Day 3: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Hanoi

      (B, L, D)

       Breakfast at hotel, then start a walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way a jeep to return to Sapa. Transfer to Lao Cai station for dinner and catching the night train back to Hanoi.

      Tour end at Hanoi train station at about 5:30 AM.

      Note*: The day in Bac Ha must be on Sunday. It can be organized flexibly on day 1, day 2 or day 3.

       Price :


      Net rate in US$/person in party of

      Group Size

      1 pax

      2 pax

      3-4 pax

      5-7 pax

      8-10 pax







      Note*: rates are not applied on New Year, National Holidays, festivals..

      - All transfers and transport
      - English speaking national guide
      - Accommodation using 3 star hotel
      - Meals as specified
      - Entrance fee during guided time
      - Reasonable supply of bottled water during trekking days
      - Local guide in Sapa

      - Tips and gratuities
      - Personal expense
      - Optional activity costs
      - Guide on overnight train

  • The Sunday market in Bac Ha is where you will want to stock up on water buffalo, pigs and horses.Once you’re all set, you can brouwse for bottles of local firewater ( made from rice, cassava or corn) or handicrafts made by some of the 10 Montagnard groups living near here-Flower Hmong, Dzao, Giay( Nhang) Han( Hoa),Xa Fang,Lachi, Nung. Phula,Thai and Thulao.

    Bac Ha is less crowded alternative to Sapa, and arriving midweek makes for a relaxing visit.Around 700m above sea level, the highlands around Bac Ma are somewhat warmer than Sapa.Bring ear plugs so you needn’t endure the Voice of Vienam echoing from the loudspeakers at market-rousing time.


    How to get to Lao Cai?




    1.By Bus

    Buses leave from Lao Cai at 6:30 am, 7:30am and 1pm daily, take roughly 2 hours  and cost 35,000 VND.Beware of a common scam! Bus conductours will always try to charge you US$ 10 or at least 100,000 VND for the bus ride.Walk into the station where the price is written on the board there will be no argument.Return buses leave Bac ha at 5:30 am and 12:00 am .Sunday tours from Sapa which take in the market and often another stop or two on the way, leave at 7:00 am from Sapa and return at 4-5 pm.These cost between US$10-12.It’s possible to get dropped off at Lao Cai on the way back to catch a night train back to Hanoi.


    2.By  Motobike




    It’s possible to ride a motorbike from Lao Cai( 63 km) or even Sapa ( 110 km) .However, the road is not great at parts and can be very dusty in the dry season.They are in the process of building a tarmac road so the trip will be a good deal more pleasant when this is complete.

    Get around ?

    Bac Ha is small so most  things within the town are within walking distance.

  • Album Gallery


    Contact informations

    Full name: (*)

    Email: (*)

    Phone: (*)


    Address (*)
    Time & Direction

    Start Date: (*)

    Departure date: (*)

    How many days would you like to spend in: (*)

    Please select a direction:

    Additional comments

    Security Code

    • Reload Image

      Verify Security: (*)

  • Net rate in US$/person in party of

    Group size

    1 person

    2 pax

    3 – 4 pax

    5 – 7 pax

    8 – 10 pax

    Price/ 1 person

    339 USD

    237 USD

    190 USD

    152 USD

    122 USD