Muong Khuong market is one of the ethnic market in the area, opened only on Sunday, with a wide range attendance of ethnic groups: Hmong, Dao, Nung, and merchants from other ethnic groups who come all the way from China to sell their products. Several Pa Zi women sell traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees. They come from surrounding villages to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (night train)
8.00 - 8.30 pm: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai province.
DAY 1: LAO CAI STATION - MUONG KHUONG MARKET ON SUNDAY (B, L,D)
5.00 - 6.00 am: Pick up at Lao Cai station. Drive to freshen up and soft breakfast before transferring 55km to Muong Khuong Market. The road was recently upgraded to ensure smooth drive and enjoy beautiful scenery of the lush mountainous region along the way. You will have a chance to see many different groups of local tribes coming from remote villages to attend the market for their most important week end activities. You can see a variety of things for sales from farming products, medicinal herbs, spices to Chinese made electronic appliances… but is not as important as meeting, contacting, socializing and enjoying food! It is easy to realize the H’mong and Zao through their colorful dresses and head gears who are the massive at the market.
2.00 - 3.00 pm: Arrive at Sapa, check in your hotel and relax. Enjoy your leisure night this charming town. Overnight in Sapa
DAY 2: SAPA - LAO CHAI - TA VAN - LAO CAI STATION (B, L,D)
7.00 - 8.30 am: Breakfast at your stayed hotel and then a beauty of Muong Hoa Valley is waiting for your exploring.
9.00 am: A Jeep will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies, etc. walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages…We will start trekking from Lao Chai village of the H’mong along the river to Ta Van, the Zay village. Have lunch at a local house
2.00 - 2.30 pm: Our Jeep will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge and drive back to Sa Pa at noon. Free time at your leisure in the afternoon.
4.00 - 5.00 pm: Transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 3: Hanoi - Tour ends
4.30 - 5.30 am: Upon your arrival, our staff will escort you to your hotel. End of trip!