One special markets & boat trip (Coc Ly), 7 villages (Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan, Ban Ho, Trung Do) and 9 different minority peoples (Black H’Mong, Dzay, Red Dao, Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, Ha Nhi and Nung).
NIGHT 01: HANOI – LAO CAI
Hanoi Tourism’s guide will meet you at your hotel then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for Lao Cai Province. Lao Cai is one of the several provinces situated on the Sino-Vietnamese borderline. It is in the northwestern part of the country, with some remarkable features such as biologic diversification and typical mountainous climate. Apart from the Kinh people, the province has several ethnic minority groups including the H’mong, the Tay, the Dzao and the Thai people.
Overnight stay on train.
DAY 01: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI SAN – LAO CHAI – TA VAN (B, L, D)
Arriving in Lao Cai Station in the early morning, we will transfer to Sapa via minibus. After that, we will leave the hotel and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. View from air, Lao Chai lies in between mountains and grass hills, with houses that look like colossal mushrooms on all sides, at 2,660m above the sea-level. Visitors to the village are able to enjoy the traditional music of boys and girls playing the game ‘hire and seek in a blanket’ and exchange songs overnight even after the festival, the boy can bring the girl they played with to their home and marry her. In this village which you will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact with them, learn about their culture and customs.
In the afternoon, we will continue our way to Ta Van Village of the Red Dzao. Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley of Muong Hoa. Ta Van village is set within a picturesque valley with amazing natural landscape and friendly local people. The area is well-known for its colorful ethnic minorities. Visiting Ta Van Village will be an unforgettable experience, since you will have a chance to witness the special cultural characteristics of local people.
We will have dinner and stay overnight with local families there.
DAY 02: TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – BAN HO (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will leave Ta Van to visit the Red Dzao people at Giang Ta Chai Village. On the way to Giang Ta Chai, you will have a good chance to trek through bamboo forest and rice fields, to cross the suspension bridge to the other side of the river. Coming here, you will visit a beautiful waterfall, a rattan bridge and you will see the amazing scenery of a remote village.
In the afternoon, we will get off the road to go down hill to Ban Ho Village. Ban Ho is worth the somewhat difficult journey to get there, as the village rewards visitors with stunning views of unspoiled sites and an opportunity to discover the daily activities of the ethnic people Tay. If we reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon, you will have time to swim in a nearby river.
In the evening, we will have dinner with the Tay families in Ban Ho and spend the night there.
DAY 03: BAN HO – SAPA (B, L, D)
You will trek up to Ban Den after breakfast. From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa. In the afternoon, you will have time to experience the colouful Sapa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sapa.
DAY 04: COC LY (TUESDAY) MARKET (B, L, D)
We will leave Sapa for Coc Ly Market in the early morning, at 7.00 am. About 35km from Bac Ha, Coc Ly Market is a colorful Tuesday market in a mountainous area where ethnic people gather to buy and sell goods, dine and drink, or just wander to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another’s experience.
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After the market, we will get on a boat and move along Chay River. We will be bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high Rock Mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls. The Fairy Cave is located deeply in the rocks. The get off the boat to visit the Tay Minority in Trung Do Villageby the river. Following the boat trip, we will go to a small town named Bao Nhai, then get back to Lao Cai Station via coach.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant before you get on the train. We will arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, ending your interesting journey with Hanoi Tourism.
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