Sapa - Bac Ha Market Tour Situated in the heart of the province, the Bac Ha market no doubt is the most colorful and largest market in Lao Cai province. Each Sunday morning, the ethnic Vietnamese who live in surroundings gather to trade and sell all kinds of products such as food, handicrafts, tools, animals,… - it is also the time that the locals can eat and chat together as well. If tourists want to gain a local perspective on the rural living of ethnic minorities, the Bac Ha market will definitely highlight your vacation in Vietnam.

Tour Route: Hanoi – Bac Ha Market – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Ham Rong Mountain
Duration: 4 Days
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active Level: Easy Adventure
Tour Category: Sapa tours


Day 1: Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai
Day 2: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Sapa
Day 3: Sapa – Rice Terraces – Ham Rong Mountain
Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi

Tour Highlights

  • Be immersed in colorful costumes of ethnic minorities
  • Experience the truly cultural beauty of ethnic Vietnamese
  • Visit the beautiful Catholic Church in center of Sapa
  • Discover the cultural diversity of Vietnam while visiting the idyllic villages
  • Have a bird view of the town from the Ham Rong’s top
  • Savor the delicious dishes

Experience your Vacation with

  • Guides: Hand-pick from our best guides, mature, acknowledgeable, all are licensed, great senses of humor
  • Drivers: friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience, door-to-door services
  • Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned, big window
  • Viet Vision Travel Office: 24/7 customer service, accommodate all your needs
  • Full Itinerary
  • Price & Inclusion
  • Photos

Day 1: Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai

In the evening, you will be picked up at the lobby of the hotel in Hanoi then transfer to Hanoi Railways station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on train

travel by night train from hanoi to sapa

Day 2: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Sapa (B, L)

In the early morning, arrive at Lao Cai Railways station, After having breakfast at a local restaurant. Then start our drive to Bac Ha town and begin your journey up to Bac Ha. The market located in the heart of Bac Ha town is the largest one in the area.

local vendors at bac ha market

Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minorities come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas. Your lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Transfer to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.

local ethnic minorities in bac ha market

Day 3: Sapa – Rice Terraces – Ham Rong Mountain (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, start your journey by traveling south toward Muong Hoa valley and walk by descending into the valley, which is the largest rice paddy terraced in the Sapa area. The guide will provide you interesting information about rice. If you visit the valley sometime between May and October, you will be able to observe and experience how the locals do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in daily life.

muong hoa valley in sapa lao cai

Later, trek from Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority including a visit to the local Catholic Church. After that, climb up to Ham Rong mountain to get a panorama of Sapa – the city in the cloud. In the afternoon, transfer back to Sapa for overnight

the garden at ham rong mountain

Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, get on the vehicle and transfer back to Hanoi. Trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Private transfer in Hanoi/ Sapa
  • Train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai: 4 soft sleeper berth cabin with A/ C
  • 4 star resort with daily breakfast
  • Breakfast up on arrival at hotel
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Boat trip on Chay river
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary

What’s Excluded?

  • Soft drinks.
  • Insurance
  • All other services not indicated above
  • Hotel in Hanoi


  • If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can serve you better
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.