Sapa - Can Cau Market Tour Although Can Cau is not a big market in the area, it is very beautiful, animated and colorful. The market is open only on Saturday. You will meet there several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La as well as Chinese people. Another highlight is the boat trip along Chay River and a short walk to a Tay village.

Tour Route: Lao Cai – Can Cau Market – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Lao Cai
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 – Can Cau Market – Sapa
Day 3: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the colorful Can Cau market and meet the friendly locals
  • Have a chance to snap the beautiful shots of the life in Sapa
  • Know more about the daily activities of local people
  • Appreciate the gorgeous embroidery costume of ethnic minorities
  • Savor the authentic Vietnamese food
  • Relax and unwind with the peace of Sapa
  • Cruise on Chay River and enjoy the scenic scenery along the ride

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

At about 8.00 in the evening, you will be picked up at the lobby of the hotel in Hanoi then move to Hanoi Railways Station for a night train to Sapa. Overnight on train

a private cabin inside hanoi night train to sapa

Day 2: Lao Cai – Can Cau Market – Sapa (B, L)

In the early morning, arrive in Lao Cai Railways station then have breakfast in a local restaurant before driving up to the Can Cau market. Situated 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch.

local vendors at bac ha market

In the afternoon, head to Sapa town. Check-in the hotel and relax in Sapa. Overnight in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning, leave the busy town behind, following a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. Stop at a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trekking through rice paddy terraces. Enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Next, arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority for lunch and a short rest.

the wooden wheel in cat cat village

After lunch, head toward Muong Hoa valley, passing through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. Then transfer back to Sapa, feel free to explore this town for the rest of the day. Overnight in Sapa

a local with his buffalo in the rice terrace

Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi

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 upon arrival at the 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.