Sapa - Experience the weekly market in Bac Ha
Arrive at Lao Cai Station at 06.00 am and be transferred for breakfast at a local restaurant.
If today is Saturday, Sunday, or Tuesday, nothing will be better than driving overland to a market of the hill tribal people, mainly from Flower Hmong ethnic group.
After breakfast, we will drive toward Bac Ha, about 70km from Lao Cai. With a dozen tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower Hmong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai, and King (or Viet), the market is fascinating, especially in the early morning. The winding road to Bac Ha helps maintain the area's colors (in both literal and figurative sense). The distance to Can Cau and Coc Ly from Bac Ha is 23 miles (37km).
In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from the Flower Hmong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black Hmong, Dzay, Dzao, and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuff, but for meeting and chatting – just once a week - like in an authentic cultural center. After lunchtime, we can hike around or take our car heading to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi, and in the afternoon, drive to Sapa.