Lively weekend markets in Lao Cai

5 days, 4 nights 11:08:57 | 12.7.2010

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Tour Code: VTL 03
Tour Route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An town (Charming World Heritage site) Saigon - Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta
Tour Duration: 15 Days15 Days - Discover Vietnam's Highlights Tour Map
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 1 Arrival Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City tour
Day 3 Hanoi Halong Bay
Day 4 Halong bay - Hanoi
Day 5 Hanoi fly to Hue
Day 6 Hue
Day 7 Hue - Hoi An
Day 8 Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An - Da Nang fly to Saigon
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh tour
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Cao Dai
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong
Day 14 Mekong - Ho Chi Minh
Day 15 Departure

Detail Itinerary

This weekend bike trip takes you through beautiful countryside and the villages of the Lao Cai area. You will have the opportunity to observe the local minority communities at work while they tend their fields in the shadow of the cliff of the Chay river. The overnight stays in Bac Ha will give you the chance to explore the villages and visit the local market. From Bac Ha you can also visit the Can Cau market after crossing the
Chay River by boat to the Bao Nhai village, where a variety of local minority groups can be found.



The private tour guide of Binhtours will pick up you from your hotel this evening and escort you to the railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai, where we would start our adventure the next day. Overnight on train.


Biking: No

Meals: No

Accommodation: On train (4-berth wodden cabin with A/C)


Day 2: Friday: SAPA – BAC HA (B, L,D)

Arrive Lao Cai in the early morning. Breakfast and short break for your refreshment before getting on our own vehicle to head out of Lao Cai. After a short time passing the bustling town of Lao Cai, we start our biking experience for the next 20 km. You will be riding in the lowland area, before reaching the village of Pac Ngam. Now we have a long and sometimes steep ascend to our final destination of today, Bac Ha. Should you feel tired from riding the bike, your van will pick you up and give you a lift to Bac Ha.

Check-in hotel upon arrival and enjoy your lunch. After a short break, take a nice ride around the beautiful Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities. Continue to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. From there you can have a view over Bac Ha town. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.


Biking: 50-65km depends on your interest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Twin-shared room at small; yet, comfortable hotel.


Day 3: Saturday: BAC HA – CAN CAU (B, L, D)

Today is time for a special market experience: the Can Cau market. The road between Bac Ha and Can Cau is hilly but very beautiful. The ride there will take you around one and a half hours.

The products on the market are interesting, and many different groups of ethnic minority people represented make the market an unforgettable experience. You will spend all the morning to walk around the market exploring its magnificent chaos. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit one small village of Flower Hmong ethnic minority before cycling back to Bac Ha. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.



Biking: 40km up and down hill

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Twin-shared room at small; yet, comfortable hotel.



Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the Bac Ha market. The huge market is always a riot of color with its collection of ethnic peoples. Flower Hmong, Phu La, Dao Tuyen are just a few of the tribes present. All gathered here to buy and sell their products.

We start out from Bac Ha by cycling downhill to Bao Nhai, where we get on a boat to have a cruise on the Chay river. It is a perfect way to finish our trip by sitting in the boat exploring the life at the riverbank. Your van will wait for you in Bao Nhai and take you to Lao Cai Railways Station for the night train back to Hanoi. Free for your own dinner in Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Another possibility is to head to Sapa for more adventures holiday experiences in the mountains of Vietnam.


Biking: 15km down hill

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: On train (4-berth wodden cabin with A/C)


Day 5: Monday: HANOI

Arrive Hanoi station in the early morning. You will be picked up and being transferred back to your hotel. End of services.


+ English or French speaking guide (Other languages available upon request)

+ Support vehicle

+ High-end Mountain bikes

+ Helmet & biking gloves 

+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary

+ Round trip train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4-berth wooden cabin with A/C)

+ Accommodation on Twin-shared basis at best available hotel in Bac Ha or equivalent.

+ Private boat trip as per program.

+ First-aid kit

+ Water & Snacks

+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees



+ Accommodation in Hanoi.

+ Travel insurance

+ Visa

+ Tips

+ Personal expenses


What to bring

Sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.

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