Sapa - Coc Ly Market Tour This is a very special market, which takes place only on Tuesday. Coc Ly is a  small market where you can meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La, Nung, and Tay. The trip offers you a one-way boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority.

Tour route: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Coc Ly Market – 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 – Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van
Day 3: Sapa – Coc Ly Market – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi

Tour Highlights

  • Walk through the lush terraced rice fields and idyllic villages
  • Enjoy the tranquil and breath-taking of Sapa Valley
  • Go deeply into the colorful culture of ethnic minorities in Sapa
  • Savor the delicious meals
  • Experience the unique Coc Ly market and get some lovely souvenirs
  • Cruise along the River and tour all the spots on the route

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  • 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
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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.

a cabin of a night train to sapa

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L)

At around 06:00, arrive in Lao Cai Railways station, There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer you to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1 hour. Once at Sapa, enjoy breakfast, then first trek through the Sapa market and 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. Later, arrive in Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong minority to take a rest with picnic lunch.

trekking through rice terraces in sapa lao cai

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. At the end of the day, return to Sapa from Ta Van by car. Overnight in Sapa town.

the bridge leads to a sapa local village

Approx: 0,5 hour driving / 5 hours trekking / 1 hour lunch.

Day 3: Sapa – Coc Ly Market – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast at the hotel, travel by car to the Coc Ly market. The market locates by the Chay River, which flows from China. Every Tuesday morning, minorities from surrounding villages such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, and Tay, gather to sell and buy their products. After visiting the market, travel by boat downstream. Along the ride, enjoy the magnificent sight of the beautiful caves and life on the riverbank. Lunch at a local village.

local peoples at coc ly market

In the afternoon, visit Trung Do village of Tay minority, where you can stay in a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea. Go further downstream till reaching Bao Nhai Bridge to get in the car for the journey back to Sapa. The rest of the day is your leisure to explore this “town on the clouds”. Overnight in Sapa

sapa the town on the clouds

Day 4: Lao Cai – 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 upon arrival at the hotel
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Boat trip on Chay river
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary

What’s Excluded?

  • 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.