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Cat Cat Village

Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.

In addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women.

Tourists to Cat Cat are most attracted by its unique customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his friends to lure a girl he likes to his house and keeps her there in three days. During these days, if the girl agrees to become his wife, a wedding will be held. However, the girl can happily go home after three days if she does not like him.

Traditional houses of H’Mong people in Cat Cat have three rooms with three doors and covered with po mu wood roof. In the house there are three columns that stand in round or square stones. The walls are made from sawn timber. The main door is always closed and only opens when people in the house organize important events. Altar, inlaid floor containing food, places for sleeping, kitchen and receiving guests are indispensable parts of the houses.

Visitors to Cat Cat Village can discover countless unique features of H’Mong.

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Hotel in Bac Ha

Hotel in Bac Ha

Sao Mai hotel is tour-group central. With one building done in a nod to stilt house style, it’s really just a typical, L-shaped box around a courtyard, done up in a more-attractive-than-usual way. This continues on into the interiors, with lots of wood panelling, good furnishings, and just your typical Vietnamese shower/bathrooms.

The rooms get bigger and better the more you pay, but the standards are just fine for the night, and reasonably priced for the market. Breakfast is included. They also have sauna and massage services, as well as a tour agency — however, they do most of their trade in large group tours, so you might do better off wandering across the street to Sapa Green Travel in the Hoang Yen Bar for a customised, private tour.

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Bac Ha Horse Racing Festival

Famous not only for its beautiful landscapes with immense forests adorned with white plum and bauhinia flowers in blossom, the colorful markets of ethnic minorities, Bac Ha district is also famous for its Horse-race Festival, which represents a unique feature in the cultural and spiritual life of the local people.

In the past, the horse race is held more frequently. It happened on impulse after a hard day’s work of gathering corn, rice and cassava. The men would get together to see who had the fastest horse, along with showing off their own physical power. Over the years, the frequency of the sport slowly diminished and now happens only once a year.

In the race, the festival-goers have a chance to mingle in the exciting and animated atmosphere surrounding the race-course. When the festival starts, the competitors, wearing plastic hats, march toward the race-course. They compete in the traditional way, without a saddle. Covered the horseback is a rectangle flax cloth and a woven robe with two crampons attached to the bridle near the horse’s mouth. Instead of using, the skilled horsemen control their horses by their hand. This traditional form of riding performed by the locals makes the race more interesting with spectacular performances.

One very interesting and strange thing in the horse race festival in Bac Ha is that unlike other horse-races all over the world, the jockeys are farmers from mountainous villages of Lao Cai and Ha Giang provinces and the racehorses are pack-horses. The race is very special because the jockeys don’t use saddles, the horses are very small but they run very fast and whinny.
Horse-racing is an activity to preserve and promote the traditional culture of ethnic groups in the northern mountainous region and increase the understanding, exchange the solidarity among ethnic people. Horse-race has become an attraction to many tourists visiting Vietnam.

Source: Vietnam Discovery

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Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market is located in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai province, about 80km from Sapa town center. Bac Ha has become a popular tourist attraction for those who would like to experience the atmosphere of the colorful local hill tribes. Tourists visiting Sapa have many options to select. Some of them may choose a short trekking trip to the local villages while others may choose to pay a visit to the local markets, of which, Bac Ha is a must-see one. Every Sunday, Bac Ha host the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and Chinese border. It is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives, and it is a typical weekly activity for the H’Mong and other minority groups living in the locality.

Local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. At the fair, adventurous gastronomes can try thang co blood porridge, a popular dish of the H’Mong and other local people. On the way to Bac Ha, tourists will pass through the high mountains and deep valleys with fantastic rice paddies along the way. Sometimes you have to stop to grasp the wonderful moments by taking some photos. You may see local people carrying goods and local products on horse’s back heading toward the market. They have to get up so early to reach the market in time.

Previously, Bac Ha market often took place on a sliding hill. Recently, the market has been reconstruct and divided into specific areas, so its original beauty has not been the same as that in the past. At Bac Ha market, local people sell their local products like fruits, vegetables, etc. as well as the necessary equipments for their daily work. Another special product type sold there includes the brocatelle items such as clothes, hand bags, etc.

Many foreign tourists are impressed by the beauty of the pictures made by local people with vivid patterns plus the beautiful and harmonious combination of colors. For local men, Bac Ha market is also a place where they gather to drink together. Wine can be considered as a specialty of the H’Mong people. In the market session, you may hear the sounds of traditional songs and musical instruments of the local boys and girls. Foreign tourists are especially excited with the daily lives and the custom of hill tribe people.

In the commercial age when most highland markets are influenced by modern style, Bac Ha is still a traditional market which reserves its unique features. This is a great place for those who love nature and love to explore the local traditional characteristics of the friendly hill tribes.

Source: Vietnamdiscovery

 

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Bac Ha Sunday Market

Considered one of the most exciting, interesting and colorful market in the mountain area in Vietnam is Bac Ha Sunday Market in Lao Cai province. The market is located about 120 km from Sapa and 80 km from Lao Cai Train Station in Vietnam. It opens on Sunday only. Bac Ha Town is fairly quiet for the whole week, but each Sunday, this sleepy town comes alive with villagers converging to the market to refurnish their provisions. And the women, like many of their species around the world, take the opportunity to shop and shop till they drop.

Bac Ha Market is the most colorful and biggest fair for minority groups. At the market, visitors can see colorful ethnic people such as Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering to buy and sell very lively. It is a good chance to take nice photos.

The Bac Ha Market is very crowded; the products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. Travelers can find most kind of consumer goods, local products, farming tools and animals for sales here. Bac Ha, on the market day, is in red as the costumes of H’mong people are mainly in red. Most of women are in place for clothes and men hang around in cattle market. Besides the usual items like pigs, cows, chickens, and ducks, dogs are also sold in Bac Ha Market. There are also places for people to repair their farming tools. After selling and buying things, people have corn wide with their friends in the food stalls.

Bac Ha Market in Vietnam starts quite early in the morning and finish around 3 pm. Sitting in a café or a restaurants and watching endless line of colorful hill tribe people going to Bac ha market in Vietnam is absolutely interesting for any travelers visiting Lao Cai. Bac Ha market in Vietnam is completely interesting to see while travel to Sapa in Vietnam.

Highland markets in around Bacha, Vietnam

Highland markets in around Bacha, Vietnam

There are three main markets of interest and more for those looking to branch out. They all get going at about 08:00 and start packing up at noon, so to get the most out of it include an overnight stay as buses from Sapa don’t show till around 10:30/11:00.

Can Cau Market

This Saturday morning market, 19km north of Bac Ha town, is one of the most interesting and authentic, though you’ll still see a lot of westerners snapping photos when the tour buses arrive between 10:00 and 11:00. It’s set in a beautiful valley only about 4km from the Chinese border, giving it a much more remote, frontier feeling than the market in Bac Ha, which is otherwise similar.

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Here, Flower H’mong offer a wide variety of handmade goods — much of the clothing you’ll see them wearing is on sale here, as well as bags, scarves, and knick-knacks that seem to be targeted a bit more towards westerners. Doll collectors will definitely want to check out some of the local product, which we imagine would be impossible to get anywhere else in the world. But there are practical wares as well, particularly baskets, wooden saddles, and plowshares. Bible fans should take note that the curved, triangular plow-heads for sale are usually made from old bomb casings — literally, weapons into plowshares! Score one for Isaiah.

The locals love their meat, so the food stalls here are lined with vendors displaying steaming hocks of boiled beef, which you can order up a la carte, or in some noodle soup. The Flower H’mong are also known for their rice wine made from corn and fermented with Hong My seeds. It can be quite potent — a few cups at noon, and you’ll have no trouble sleeping on the bus ride back. Livestock trading goes on early in the proceedings — mostly cattle, water-buffalo, goats, horses and dogs. If you arrive on a tour out of Sapa you may be too late to see this, but if you’re staying overnight in Bac Ha, you’ll see the same goings-on at the market there. If you’ve already seen a number of town markets on your trip through Vietnam, rest assured that there is something much different about a real, tribal market in the countryside, and there’s good reason to go out of your way to see one. However, but for the location, the Can Cau market is very similar to the one in Bac Ha town, so you can get by on seeing one or the other.

Organised trips can be arranged out of Sapa or Bac Ha.

Bac Ha Market

This Sunday morning market is easily visited on a daytrip from Sapa or Lao Cai, or after an overnight in Bac Ha, for those staying over after seeing the Can Cau market. The timing works out well for local businesses, who count on feting flocks of foreigners every Saturday night. Sunday morning, the market is just a short stroll from your hotel, but it’s just as authentic, and very similar in many ways, to the one in Can Cau. Since the market is in town, goods range from the traditional, handmade wares also available in Can Cau, to more practical purchases trucked in from China. If you miss the livestock trading at Can Cau, get up early to see it here.

Coc Ly Market

This is the least visited of the popular markets, which runs on Tuesday mornings and is frequented by H’mong, Dzao and Nunh minorities. It’s smaller than Bac Ha or Can Cau, but the attraction here is that a visit can be combined with a boat trip along the Chay river. It’s 20km by road from Bac Ha, and Lao Cai is 48km further on, so it’s easily visited en route. A two-day trip out of Bac Ha, including trekking, an overnight in a homestay, a visit to the market and a boat trip

Other markets

So many markets, so little time. We’ve heard tell of, but haven’t had a chance to visit, markets called Lung Khau Nhin on Thursdays, Lung Phin and Xin Man (Coc Pai) on Sundays, and judging by our map, there are more markets to be explored. See the list below, and plan your selection of market around your schedule, if you’re on a tight one.

Tuesday: Coc Ly Market
Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin (south of Muong Khuong)
Saturday: Can Cau
Sunday: Bac Ha, Lung Phin, Xin Man (Coc Pai), Muong Hum (northwest of Sapa)

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It’s something of a shame, because to the east of Lao Cai city lies the other half of the province. The ground soars upwards again, to the peaks of the Chay River Massif, where the town of Bac Ha is to be found, 66km by road, at 700m above sea level.

Bac ha Vietnam is a ‘little Sapa’, and while it’s much less developed for tourism, it’s in an ideal location for off-the-beaten-track treks to visit colourful weekly markets. The Can Cau and Bac Ha markets, in particular, feature local scenes that have been going on every week for generations, where cattle, horses, goats and dogs are bought and sold, as well as many traditional goods like saddles and plowshares, along with elaborate textiles, handbags and other trinkets made by the local tribespeople, the Flower Hmong. Their intricately woven daily costume is one of the main drawing points in itself. This is an incredibly beautiful part of Vietnam.

bac-ha-market-6It’s a very convenient place to explore the surrounds, and basing yourself here rather than Sapa will knock off about three hours of travel time each way on a daytrip to most of the local weekly markets. And, at less than half the altitude of Sapa, the weather here is likely to be more clement in winter months, with an average year-round temperature of 19 degrees Celsius (4 degrees, on average, warmer).

But don’t expect any pizzas or breathtaking mountain views. Bac Ha is still, first and foremost, a local market town, and the tourist industry is only being added on, wherever it fits in. This is of course part of the attraction — although expect to still be bothered by H’mong hawkers.

The town gets a weekly assault of tourists on Saturday at about noon, as daytrippers return from visiting the Can Cau market. Many stay the night to visit the Bac Ha market in town Sunday morning, and then it’s back to Sapa.

There are some good accommodation options and it is possible to avoid the tourist orientated restaurants and find local food options. There are also some less-travelled trekking and homestay trips available in the area, with visits to a variety of ethnic villages, particularly the Flower H’mong. About half the tribes in the area are H’mong, with the rest being Tay, Dzao, Tu Zi, Nung, Phula, La Chi and Lo Lo, among others.

There’s very little to do in Bac Ha itself if you’re settling in for the night. Market days are party days for the H’mong men, so you might be able to find a cluster of thoroughly pickled blokes to join in with, and let them rail on at you in an incomprehensible patois of Vietnamese, Chinese and Flower H’mong. If that’s not your scene, bring a good book.
Orientation
There’s no banking for foreigners in Bac Ha. There is a post office and internet is available at some of the hotels and opposite the Son Mai Hotel. Bac Ha is not a good place to handle travel logistics, so make sure you have all your ducks in a row before arriving.

There are precious few departures from the main bus station, which is mostly useful for getting back to Lao Cai. If you’re headed almost anywhere else, you’ll need to stand along the right road and flag down the right bus. No tickets are sold at the bus station — just buy when you board.

Street names are elusive in Bac Ha, but just south of the square is the road that leads to Pho Lu, (Route 153 on most maps). You’ll find the post office on that road, just south of the intersection with the road towards the market.

Bac Ha and Ha Giang challenging trekking vacations (9 days)

This is the most challenging trekking tour Lotussia Travel providesin Bac Ha area, Lao Cai province. The 9-day tour takes you to the remotest hilltribe villages where you meet up with different ethnic groups dressing in colorful costums: Flower H’mong, Phu La, Dzao, Tay Nung… Begin your adventure holidays with an overnight train trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Then you start your trekking holiday hiking from village to village, through the less traveled villages including Lung Phinh, Ta Chai, Pa Chu Ty, Then Van, Lung Cai, Hoang Nhi Pho, Ban Gia, Nam Ma, Lan Ma, Lan Nung, Coc Pu, Xin Man, Sin Man, Hoang Su Phi, Tung San,Dan Khao, Cao Banh, Ban Trang, Khuoi Hop, Ha Giang province. If you arrive in Bac Ha town on Sunday, you have the opportunity to visit the Bac Ha market, the biggest market in the area. The 9-day adventure tour package is provided with experienced English-speaking tour guide, support vehicle, local cook, porters and trekking equipments. This is a very tough, challenging trekking tour package Lotussia Travel customizes to the remote northern Vietnam and is only recommended for active, adventure travelers, small group size. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.

Bac Ha and Ha Giang challenging trekking vacations (9 days)

Itinerary:

Day 1: Bac ha – Lung Phinh – Ta Chai – Pa Chu Ty II (L,D)

You will be picked up by Lotussia Travel team at Lao Cai Train station and then transferred to Bacha. Your trek start from Lung Phinh market to Ta Chai village, home of Fula minority.

Arrive later afternoon at the H’mong ethnic minority village of Pa Chu Ty II, our destination for overnight. The villages are unused to the presence of foreigners. So we are encouraged to tread gently. The accommodation here is basic.

Overnight in homestay.

Day 2: Pa Chu Ty II – Then Van – Lung Cai (B,L,D)

After  breakfast  at  local  home  stay,  the  trek  today  leads  through  beautiful  sightseing  on  narrow
footpath  to  the H’mong  village  of Then  Van. Discover  the  daily  life  of  the  local  people.

Continue trekking to Lung Cai – a delightful village located at the moutain side of H’mong area.

Welcome for dinner and overnight in homestay.

Day 3: Lung Cai – Hoang Nhi Pho – Ban Gia (B,L,D)

Once leaving Lung Cai, following the trekking route to Hoang Nhi Pho through rice paddy and maize
plantations .

Lunch will be prepared and served here.

After lunch, you will continue the trek toward Ban  Gia  village.  Enjoy  your  dinner  in  a  private  local  house  and  spend  the  night  at  local home (homestay).

Day 4: Ban Gia – Nan Ma (B,L,D)

Breakfast  at  local home  stay. A  great  days  trek,  undulating  sometimes  steeply  up  and  down  and
through natural  landscapes  to arrive  finally at  the  isolated H’mong village of Nan Ma. The villagers
are friendly and curious and the countryside and village very impressionable. Spend one more night
in the H’mong village of Nan Ma.

Day 5: Lan Ma – Lan Lung – Coc pu II (B,L,D)

The trekking is easier today and is punctuated by the exciting crossing of Nung ethnic minority area.
Reaching relative civilization of terraces of paddy fields, house tools as brick, smith  and more.

Have a break at Nan Lung village where the group will have lunch in a local house before continuing the
last destination of Coc Pu II village.

Overnight in a comfortable house in Coc Pu, a village inhabited by the Nung minority.

Day 6: Coc Pu II – Sin Man – Hoang Su Phi (B,L,D)

After breakfast, there are three kilometers of warking to Coc Pai town in Xin Man district of Ha Giang
province. Your  car will be waiting  to  drive  you  to  Sin Man,  one  of  the  pourest  district which has
border with Lao Cai province and China.

Lunch will be in a local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight in local guest house in Hoang Su Phi.

Day 7: Hoang Su Phi – Tung San (B,L,D)

Breakfast  at  hotel. Transfer  by  car  to  the  start  point  of  your  treeking  today. You will  trek 15  km
through the beautiful scenery and local villages. Lunch will be served at a nice spot. Continue to the
Black  Dao  ethnic  of  Tung  San  for  dinner  and  overnight.  Mr  Tan  Van  Sai  will  have  pleisure  to
welcome you at his house.

Day 8: Tung san – Dan Khao – Cao Banh (B,L,D)

After having breakfast, your  trek will begin  from Tung San  to Dan Khao  then Cao Banh. Lunch on
route. Dinner and overnight at Mr Phan Van Dau’s homestay (Black Dzao ethnic minority).

Day 9: Cao Banh – Ban Trang – Khuoi Hop – Ha Giang (B, L)

Leaving Cao Banh, you will take the trekking route to Trang village then continue toward Khuoi Hop.
Once  reaching village Len  in Viet Lam you will be  transferred by car  to Ha Giang. Dinner  in  town.
Overnight in hotel in Ha Giang. End of service.

Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering a wide selection of trekking tours in all over Vietnam. The above trekking tour is only a sample we list on this site for your reference. That can be flexible, customizable and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other itineraries we don’t put all here since there are some dishonest individuals have copied our contents without our agreement. If you need further information or have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vietnam!

Vietnam adventure tours: Visit Bac Ha market and Trekking Ha Giang villages (7 days)

Vietnam adventure tours: Visit Bac Ha market and Trekking Ha Giang villages (7 days)The 7-day adventure tour is provided in the less travelled places in north eastern Vietnam. You begin your holidays with a visit to the Bac Ha market, open only on Sunday morning, then trek through some of the remotest hill tribe villages in Bac Ha and Ha Giang province, meeting up with H’mong, Phu La, Red Dzao, Tay and Nung people. Most of the nights are spent at local homes in villages (homestay) offering a real, authentic life experience. There are about 6 or 7 hours trek per day with up and downhill climbs. This is a very tough, challenging trekking tour is recommended for active travelers seeking an off-the-beaten path itinerary that takes them to remote, less traveled places in Vietnam. Enjoy magnificent and beautiful landscapes of the Bac Ha Highland, the Chay River Massif as well as fabulous land of the remote far north. Discovery of local tribal ethnics’ unique cultures and ways of life. The adventure tour is provided with experience English-speaking tour guide, support vehicle, cook, porters and trekking equipments. The best time to travel this adventure is the dry season starting from October until April. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Laocai early this morning. Travel to Bac Ha (B,L,D).

Arrive at Lao Cai Railway station early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast.

After a short rest, travel to Bac Ha. Visit Bac Ha market, the biggest market in the area. Every Sunday, different ethnic groups come to the market  to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, enjoy a short easy walk to a H’mong village near Bac Ha town.

Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 2: Bac Ha – Ta Cu Ty village (B,L,D).

Breakfast will be served in the village. Leaving the village at about 8:0, we will be transferred to the starting point of trekking trail in Lung Phin with several photo stops along the way.

Upon our arrival in Ta Chai Village of the Phu La ethnic, we start trekking along a narrow valley through Quan Hoa Hamlet. The first portion of the hike last for about three hours.

Lunch will be provided on the spot.

After lunch, we continue trekking for about two hours until we arrive the Lu Suoi Tung village of the Flower H’mong. We will have a short walk visiting this isolated village. Stop by a local school and several H’mong family for a discovery of the local life.

We will be picked up again by our vehicle at Lu Suoi Tung village and transferred to home stay near the center of Ta Cu Ty Commune. This portion of the road offers spectacular landscapes of the Ban Gia Valley and clients will enjoy many viewing stops before arriving to home stay.

Day 3: Ta Cu Ty – Song Ngam – Nam Dan – Nam Chien (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be provided in the village. We leave the village at 08.30am continueing our trekking adventure.

We will trek for the whole morning on a large path. The three-hour trek will offer great views of the Ban Gia valley. A stop will be made en route for a visit of a Nung village.

We will arrive Song Lam around noon. Lunch will be provided near a village-school.

After lunch, we continue trekking for two hours and a half. This part is challenging. We trek through the thick bamboo and rain forest. After about two hours, we will arrive Nam Dan Commune is famous with the rock fields bearing cared massage from ancient peoples.

Then we will have one more hour easy walk before we arrive Nam Chien village of the Nung.

Check into a local house for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Nam Dan – Nam Choong village (B,L,D).

Transfer along a paved road to the southern side of the mountain. Enjoy 3 hours easy trekking through Tay and Dzao villages along the narrow valley of the Nam Ty River.

Lunch will be provided in a local house (picnic).

After lunch, continue our trek crossing the river to the southern bank, then uphill, downhill to a Dzao village, set on the bank of Nam Ty river, endowed with a mineral hot spring.

Dinner and overnight in a house on stilt.

Day 5: Nam Choong village – Cao Son – Trung Son – Tan Minh (B,L,D)

Today is the most interesting day of the whole trip. Because we will experience the superb natural scenery which changes after every quarter of trekking. Therefore this is also the greatest challenge so far.

Leaving the village at about 08.30am, we will trek uphill the Chieu Lung Thi mountain range. We hike from the Nam Li valley to Cao Son village of the H’mong and Zao. We may have a short visit of this village before we continue walking through the thick forest to Trung Son village of the Nung peoples and then onto Tan Minh village of the Zao peoples.

We check into a local house for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Tan Minh – Ho Thau – Ho Xan – Nam Son – Pan hou village (B,L)

We will have an easy trek today. The trail gets mostly downhill which offers marvelous view of the Nam Dich valley.

We will trek from Tan Minh village to the center of Ho Thau commune and then to Xin Chai village of the Zao and Nung peoples.

Picnic lunch will be provided by the Nam Dich river. If weather permit it will be possible for us to swim in the clear water of the river.

Then we cross the river taking a leisure walk to the southern bank of the river. We hike through the stunning valley of the Doan Ket village.

After about three hour trek, we will be picked up by our vehicle and transferred to Panhou eco-site (Pan Hou village in Thong Nguyen.

Check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Panhou – Hanoi (B,L).

Full day transfer from Pan Hou lodge to Hanoi. The drive takes about 7 hours. We arrive Hanoi about late afternoon. End of Lotussia Travel services.

Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering a wide selection of trekking  tours in all over Vietnam. The above trekking tour is only a sample we list on this site for your reference. That can be flexible, customizable and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other itineraries we don’t put all here since there are some dishonest individuals have copied our contents without our agreement. If you need further information or have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vietnam!

Vietnam hiking tours: Travel Lao Cai Bac Ha Ha Giang Hanoi (6 days)

Vietnam hiking tours: Travel Lao Cai Bac Ha Ha Giang Hanoi (6 days)The 6-day trek is provided in the less travelled places in north eastern Vietnam. You trek through some of the remotest hill tribe villages in Bac Ha and Ha Giang province, meeting up with H’mong, Phu La, Red Dzao, Tay and Nung people. Most of the nights are spent at local homes in villages (homestay) offering a real, authentic life experience. There are about 6 or 7 hours trek per day with up and downhill climbs (challenging treks). This hiking tour is recommended for active travelers seeking an off-the-beaten path itinerary that takes them to remote, less traveled places in Vietnam. Enjoy magnificent and beautiful landscapes of the Bac Ha Highland, the Chay River Massif as well as fabulous land of the remote far north. Discovery of local tribal ethnics’ unique cultures and ways of life. The adventure tour is provided with experience English-speaking tour guide, cook, porters and trekking equipments. The best time to travel this adventure is the dry season starting from October until April. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Laocai early this morning. Travel to Bac Ha (B,L,D).

Arrive at Lao Cai Railway station early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for early breakfast.

After a short rest, travel to Bac Ha. Visit Bac Ha market, the biggest market in the area. Every Sunday, different ethnic groups come to the market  to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas.

Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, enjoy a short easy walk to a H’mong village near Bac Ha town.

Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 2: Bac Ha – Ta Cu Ty village (B,L,D).

Breakfast at hotel. Travel to Lung Phin commune where we will begin our trek along a narrow trail on steep hillsides to Lu Suoi Tung village.

Lunch will be provided in a local village (picnic).

After lunch, continue trekking through the forest to the top of Ta Cu Ty mountain range and then downhill to a Red Dzao village. This part is the trekking tour is challenging since there are lots of up and downhill hike. Those prefer an easier hike can ask Lotussia Travel guide to take an alternative hiking trail.

Dinner and homestay in a stilt house.

Day 3: Ta Cu Ty – Nam Dan commune (B,L,D).

Leaving Ta Cu Ty village for the whole morning medium trek along a large path with great view over a Nung village.

Lunch will be provided in a local hill tribe village (picnic).

After lunch, we will follow a narrow footpath trekking for about 3 hours up and downhill through the thick forest. This trek is also challenging and requires strength. Those prefer a easier trek can ask Lotussia Travel guide on the sport for an alternative option. Visit the rock-field with scripts carved by ancient peoples. Arrive the village around late afternoon.

Dinner and homestay in a local house.

Day 4: Nam Dan – Nam Choong village (B,L,D).

Transfer along a paved road to the southern side of the mountain. Enjoy 3 hours easy trekking through Tay and Dzao villages along the narrow valley of the Nam Ty River.

Lunch will be provided in a local house (picnic).

After lunch, continue our trek crossing the river to the southern bank, then uphill, downhill to a Dzao village, set on the bank of Nam Ty river, endowed with a mineral hot spring.

Dinner and overnight in a house on stilt.

Day 5: Nam Choong Village – Cao Son – Trung Son – Ho Thau – Panhou (B,L)

Today is the most interesting day of the whole trip because the natural scenery is wonderful and it changes every half hour.

We trek for almost the whole day. We hike uphill the Chieu Lung Thi mountain range. We trek from Nam Li Valley via the center of Quang Nguyen Commune, to Cao Son Village of the H’mong and Zao.

We continue trekking through the thick forest to Trung Son Village of the Nung peoples and then onto Tan Minh village of the Zao peoples. We hike descending for 20 minutes to the center of Ho Thau Commune where we will be picked up by our vehicle and transferred to the Panhou eco lodge.

Check in the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Panhou – Hanoi (B,L)

Full day transfer from Pan Hou lodge to Hanoi. The drive takes about 7 hours. We arrive Hanoi about late afternoon. End of Lotussia Travel services.

Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering a wide selection of trekking tours in all over Vietnam. The above trekking tour is only a sample we list on this site for your reference. That can be flexible, customizable and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other itineraries we don’t put all here since there are some dishonest individuals have copied our contents without our agreement. If you need further information or have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vietnam!

Bac Ha Sunday market tour, treks, mountain biking, homestay, ethnic culture discovery