7:30 AM: A driver and a tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Sapa town to whisk you away to Muong Hum market, situated in Muong Hum commune of Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province. The market is about 46 km from Sapa town and is only open on Sundays.
The road to the market will take you to O Quy Ho Pass, which is 10 km away from Sapa town. From there, you will take a right turn to reach Khoang village. Moving further, you will reach Ta Giang Phinh village, which will offer you scenic views of its terraced rice fields. In the backdrop, you will enjoy the spectacular view of Five Finger Mountain (Ngũ Chỉ Sơn). The drive will continue through the winding road, culminating at the Muong Hum market in the valley.
9 AM: After the enchanting drive, you will reach the market. Your guide will now show you around the market, while telling you the history and cultural significance of the market.
Muong Hum market is a small hill tribe market which is frequented by 5 different tribal groups: Giay, Flower Dao, Green Hmong, Ha Nhi and Tay. The market is in its full swing from morning to noon, people from faraway villages come to buy and sell the agriculture products, livestock, brocades and handicrafts, etc. The market day is also their day to enjoy and have fun as they spend time with their family and friends to eat and drink rice wine. You may also try some local food here.
11 AM: The car will take you from Muong Hum Market to Y Ty commune via Den Thang village. You will also have ample to time to take pictures of your beautiful surroundings which will include Lu rice field, Den Sang cardamom forest and Nhi Cu San mountain. This place is next to the border between Vietnam and China.
12:30 PM: You will have lunch at a local restaurant at Y Ty commune’s center.
1:30 PM: After lunch, you will get to visit a local house of Ha Nhi people. Their houses are made with mud, bamboo and wood.
2:30 PM: The car will now bring you to Lao Cai. We will make a stop at Lung Po T-Junction, which is the starting point of the Red River in Vietnam.
5 PM: You will reach Lao Cai train station, where your tour ends. Alternatively, you may request to return to Sapa Town.
English speaking tour guide, transport for the whole trip, village entrance fees, permit fee, lunch, mineral water, snack.
Soft drinks, personal travel insurance, tip.
You Should Bring
Comfortable trekking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent.