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2 Day Martket On Wheels

This trip offers you an opportunity to explore the area by mountain bike, which makes the trip much more challenging and interesting. On this trip you will visit several villages. You will also be able to visit Bac Ha Market, the very famous and colorful market of the area. Here you will meet Flower Hmong, Black Dao, Phu La, Nung and Tay minorities. The trip offers you a boat ride along Chay River to enjoy beautiful scenery and caves. REF: SPT-B8

Day 1: (Saturday) Lao Cai - Coc Ly - Boat Trip - Bac Ha (L,D)

After having breakfast, you will travel by car or cycle from Lao Cai Railway Station. The ride through rural areas is relatively flat from Lao Cai and become rougher for the last 16 km. You arrive in Coc Ly, where you start a boat cruise downstream Chay River. Along the ride, you can enjoy magnificent sight of the beautiful caves and life on the riverbank. You will have lunch later in Trung Do village of Tay minority and perhaps stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea. After lunch, you first cycle on the dirt trail through the village and cross a narrow stream. Your ride will be then on a good road, which goes uphill toward Bac Ha town. You stay overnight in a hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.

Approx: 6 hours cycling/ 1 hour boat cruise/ 0.5 hour walking/ 1 hour lunch
Up / Straight / Down - 22 km/ 55 km / 8 km

Day 2: (Sunday) Bac Ha - Lao Cai (B,L)

After having a morning coffee, you take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. From there you can have a view over the town. You will then visit this huge market with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung who gather to trade. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Then you can take a nice ride around the nearby beautiful Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities. After visit Ban Pho village you start heading back towards Lao Cai by cycle or by car. The ride will be mostly downhill and flat through rural area, which is home to Phu La, Nung and Tay minorities. Before you arrive in Lao Cai, you will be able to stop by China - Vietnamese border, where the Red River flows into Viet Nam territory. You will have time for shower and dinner before you get on a night train to Ha Noi.

Approx: 3 hours cycling/ 2 hours walking/ 2 hours driving/ 1 hour lunch
Up / Straight /Down - 6 km/ 50 km / 16km

Note: The trip could be started and finished at Sapa or Lao Cai Railways Station, according to your wishes. There will be supply car provided. In case the trip starts from Sapa, the itinerary can be changed up to your wish. You will be able to spend the night in a traditional Tay house at Trung Do village.

Tour Cost:

Number of persons


2 - 3

4 - 6

7 - 10

Rate: USD/person

 $  $  $

•English or French speaking guide
•Good mountain bikes and helmets
•All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
•Water on the whole trip
•Supply car/ motorbike
•All entrance fees
•For the overnight trip in the village
•Sleeping bag and mattresses
•Silk sleeping bag
•Waterproof bluebag for luggage
•Tents if needed
•Mosquito net
•Overnight in local house or tent

•Personal Pocket Money
•Soft drink (beer, coca cola...)
•Hotel/ guesthouse
•All other services not indicated above


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