After morning pickup from your hotel in Lao Cai,travel by vehicleto Bac Ha, located about 43 miles (70 km) southeast of Lao Cai. The driveis relatively flat from Lao Cai through the rural areas en route toBao Nhai. Situated in the mountains nearthe border of Bac Ha lies Can Cau market (open only on Saturday). Here, you'll find a photogenicarray of clothing and customs belonging to the ethnic minorities of theFlower Hmong, Nung, and Phu La who trade goods at the market.
Spendthe morning exploring the market, then departfor Bac Ha town forlunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, it's a 30-minute drive downhill until a short walk takes you to Trung Do village, which belongs to the Tay minority.
Depending on water levels of the Chay River, board a motorboat to Bao Nhai, cruisingpastthe picturesque scenes on the riverbanks. Alternatively, you'll cross the river to visit the Flower H'mong village before walking along the riverside, arriving inabout 2 hours atBao Nhai Bridge where your vehicle will await take youback to Sapa.
Approx: 6 hours driving / 2 hours walkingNote:
-The trip is based on the day of arrival/ departure of the night train to/ from Hanoi. Departure time from Sapa should be no later than 8.00.
-The tour normally begin in Lao Cai and finish in Sapa.
-There is no surcharge in case of beginning in Lao Cai- finishing in Sapa or Beginning in Sapa and finishing in Lao Cai.
-If your hotel is located in Sapa, the surcharge for one-way car (Lao Cai - Sapa) will be 31 USD.
-If your hotel is located in Topas Ecolodge, the surcharge for one-way car (Topas Ecolodge - Sapa) will be 24 USD.