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SP 03: Coc Ly Market & Sapa Hightlights

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Duration: 3 days Transportation: Hanoi

Route: Hanoi

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)

from US$ 188
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 Ethnic minority peoples or hill tribal peoples dominate Sapa as well as the northern mountainous region of Vietnam. Although minority people lived their traditional live basing on self subsidiary style, the need for exchanging their products is always strong. And more than that the wish of meeting others for socializing is very important which adds special significant to the meaning of markets in the mountainous region where most of the ethnic minorities live in remote and isolated villages.

It is always a fantastic experience to visitors to attend one of these local markets as part of a memorable vacation in Vietnam.

Coc Ly Market on every Tuesday
Coc Ly is a small rural market nested itself off the beaten track amongst green and fabulous forest, on a bank of the Chay River. At the crowded hours from 09.00 to 11.00, the market place is dominated by the red and yellow colors from traditional costumes of the Flower H’mong women, dotted with black color of the Black Zao and dark blue from the Tay. The H’mong and Zao from up mountain villages come to the market mainly on foot with their horses carrying their selling while the Tay live along the Chay River use their wooden boats. The best way for tourists is to take the road trip to the market and the boat downstream the Chay River for a few hours to explore this untouched area.

* The road trip takes 1.5 hour from Lao Cai or Bac Ha (About 55km) and 2 and a half hours from Sapa (90km)

 Ma Tra & Ta Phin Villages
Lying some kilometers east of Sapa town lies a large oval shaped valley which is home to the H’mong and Red Zao of Ma Tra and Ta Phin Village. Following the main road from Sapa to Lao Cai for 4km, one can enjoy the panorama view of the whole valley, stretching for about 12 Km with some low hills in the middle to divide the valley into two parts. The closer part to the road is area of Ma Tra village and the further one is Ta Phin village where the Red Zao and Black H’mong share the land. The H’mong occupy the higher land on which they built narrow terraced rice paddies while the Red Zao cultivate larger and flat fields around the center of the valley. From over 10 years ago, a 15km motor way was built to connect the center of the valley with Sapa town and it takes only half an hour. However, It is much more interesting to follow the trail which run on high elevation around the valley for a real life discovery.

Lao Chai Village About 8 – 9 Km southeast of Sapa town on the west bank of Muong Hoa River, Lao Chai is a commune composed by three large villages with over 100 families of the Black H’mong ethnic. From a high point of the main road 8 Km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river. The H’mong people in this village experience rice intensive farming on the lower land near the bottom of the valley as main source of earning while growing corn on the mountain slopes at the back of the village.


Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colourful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups. A stay with one of the farmer families here will give you a close-up experience of the life-style and culture typical of the area. Trekking in the surrounding area is most satisfying.

Joining the Flower H’mong and Zao at Coc Ly, a very rural tribal market, walking in Sapa’s most stunning valleys, paying visit to ethnic minority villages and homes for witnessing unique way of life,… this 3 day trip brings all aspects of local life and wanders to your holidays and will be unforgettable.

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Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa

Night 1 (Monday night): Hanoi - Lao Cai by Train 
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

 Day 1 (Tuesday): Lao Cai - Coc Ly Market - Sapa (B, L, -)

Lao Cai | Coc Ly Market | Chay River | Trung Do Village | Sapa

Coc Ly market is a rural market on every Tuesday. About 55km east from Lao Cai town, the market place lies on the bank of the Chay River, surrounded by steep mountains covered with fabulous forest. Going to the market, minority people such as H’mong, Zao, Tay, Nung… from remote villages have to wake up very early and walk up and down hills for hours.

The train arrives early in Lao Cai, meet your guide and driver, freshen up and enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant nearby. Then you will travel along national road 4D about an hour via rich farmland with lush fruit gardens and tea farms, turn left to a tough road for 18 km, passing some canyons, mountain passes and villages to Coc Ly. With your camera in hands you will spend few hours joining the locals at the market for your own experience until noon. After simple Lunch, you will board a sampan and follow the Chay River downstream for a discovery of wild nature and minority life style in this “off the beaten” track region. 
Late afternoon, we meet our car again near Trung Do village of the Tay and transfer for about 2.5 hour to Sapa. Arrival in Sapa town. Check in hotel. You are free at your own leisure to explore the town at night. You will have dinner on your own.
Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own


Day 2 (Wednesday): Sapa tribal villages (B, L, -) 

Sapa | Ma Tra | Ta Phin Village

Lying on the south of Sapa town, this vast valley composes of 3 chambers surrounded by high mountains with thick forest at the top and terraced rice paddies from lower slopes stretching to the bottom. It is home to the Black H’mong and the Red Zao ethnic minority who live in wooden houses scattering here and there. 

After breakfast at hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel lobby, follow a trail running through fruit and orchard gardens, lush pine forests to a Black H'mong ethnic minority village named Ma Tra, isolated away from the civilization. Chickens, water buffalos, pot-belly pigs and piggy everywhere, some locals will be happy to invite us to their home which offers chances to see their dwellings, weavings on belly looms to makes traditional costumes out of hemp fiber…Our path weaves itself up and down hills, through valleys with terraced rice fields which create spectacular landscapes. 
After picnic Lunch, we get to Ta Phin Commune where the Black H’mong and the Red Zao live together. It is very interesting to realize culture assimilation: Which can be mixed, which can not! At the end of the footpath, our car is waiting for us for the return journey to your hotel in Sapa town where the full day trip ends. You will have dinner on your own.
Night 3: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Picnic Lunch. Dinner on your own


Day 3 (Thursday): Sapa - Explore Muong Hoa Valley - Night train to Hanoi (B, L, -)

Sapa | Lao Chai | Ta Van Village | Night train to Hanoi

Breakfast at hotel. Today morning, you will explore the spectacular Muong Hoa. A car will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies…walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages… Our suggested walk starts from Lao Chai village of the H’mong along the river to Ta Van, the Zay village. 

You will be picked up at Ta Van Bridge and drive back to Sapa at noon. 
Afternoon is at your leisure for wandering Sa Pa town and market until late afternoon when transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20:15.
Night 4: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own

Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel -Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12.00 (noon)

What's Included:

 - Full transportation by private A/C vehicle as tour program indicated.
- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin)
- Sightseeing fees and permits.
- Boat trip along the Chay River.
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
- Accommodation as program based on twin sharing or double (on request).
- The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.

What's Not Included:

- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned.

- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.


Good to Know:
- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02). 

- Group tours are not available for this tour option.
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category  Price per person for 2 night stay
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Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 40
US$ 40
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 50
US$ 50
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 42 US$ 80
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 110 US$ 150

- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request. 
- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

Very important notice from TUN Travel: 
- Child definition: From Age 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact our trip advisors for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants:
The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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