Welcome to Bac Ha


Despite being surrounded by countryside just as lush and interesting as Sapa, Bac Ha has somehow flown under the radar as a trekking base so far. In town, woodsmoke fills the morning air, the main street is completely bereft of hawkers, and chickens and pigs snuffle for scraps in the back lanes where a small clutch of traditional adobe houses valiantly clings on in the age of concrete.


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$2200 Tours & Sightseeing

11 Days North East To North West Motorbike Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 180 km Homestay8:00AM our team will come and pick you up to our garage station to take the motorbike we chose the day before and head to the northwest of Hanoi to take in fresh air through the rice field and rural villages of northern Vietnam countryside.Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La 200KmWe leave Mai Chau on a rout which offers a lot of stops for pictures of amazing mountain view.Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen: 180KmAfter breakfast we ride along the national road No.6 to Tuan Giao and we begin a challenging ride on a steep winding road, but definitely rewarding as the rice terraces and lush forests scenery. Continuing our ride on the empty winding road until we get Than Uyen Town.Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa 130kmWe take an exciting motorbike ride  to Sapa town on smooth road through green tea fields then over O Quy Ho mountain pass the most beautiful and longest pass of Vietnam- a bridge of two provinces Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Day 5: Sapa – District of Bac Ha – Xi Man 160 kmAfter breakfast, we ride down to Lao Cai located next to the borders with China, have a short break at border before heading to Bac Ha colorful market where the ethnic groups meet every Sunday morning to trade their products.Day 6: Xi Man – Ha Giang 150 kmAlong the ride we will visit a local market in the morning, where we have the chance to meet minorities groups such as the Dzao, Nung, Flower H’mong…We stay overnight at hotel in Ha GiangDay 7: Ha Giang – Dong Van 150 kmOn our ride we have chance to ride through the most breathtaking landscape in Vietnam as someone said that, this is a place where stone must bloom. It sounds exaggerated but totally true.It’s known for its forested limestone and granite mountains. Day 8: Dong Van – Province of Meo Vac town – Bao Lac 120 kmRide over Ma Pi Leng Pass with the magnificent landscape and views of the Nho Que River.Bao Lac town is home to the Black Lolo hilltribe who live in stilt houses in the surrounding hills.We will be staying for the night in a hotel.Day 9: Bao Lac – Ba Be 120 kmWe will have great off-road motorbike tour with interesting ride on meandering countryside roads, picturesque riding through lush greenery, local villages to Ba Be National park. Stay overnight in traditional stilt house with Tay minorityDay 10: Ba Be (Visit and relaxed day)Take a boat ride to enjoy the amazing scenery on Ba be lake to The Dau Dang waterfall and An Ma Temple. Overnight in homestayDay 11: Ba Be – Hanoi 220 kmWe’ll have an early start today as we head south back to Hanoi. We take back roads to avoid the busy traffic and to get away from the highway. Arrive Hanoi at 5:30 PM.Enjoy the ride and see the amazing Vietnam!

$290 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Exploring Charming Sapa Town - Bac Ha Market - Local activities in 2 Days 3 nights

Day 01: (SAT) Hanoi – Lao Cai (Train)We will catch the overnight train soft sleeper with AC to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 20:25' from Hanoi railway stationDay 02: (SUN) Lao Cai - Bac Ha Sunday market - Sapa (B, L)After meeting a guide at the Lao Cai railway station we have breakfast there and go to the Bac Ha market for two hours by a local van. This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. We can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people) where we can have look in their houses and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. And then we drive back to Sapa for 3 hours. Day 03: (MON) Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa – Lao Cai (B, L)After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by someof the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station to get night train to Hanoi. The guide sees you off at Lao Cai train station and takes you on the train. Day 04: HanoiArrival Hanoi in the early morning,  Back to your hotel by yourself. End of all the services.Services Inluded: - Private transfers with English Speaking guide - Accommodation with breakfast at mentioned Hotels - Meals (Food only / NO drinks) as mentioned in program - All Entrance fees for the whole trip as mentioned in programme - Service charges, room tax and baggage handling - Daily 2 mineral water bottles per day per pax - Highly responsive 24/7 support during the tour. - High quality personally handpicked local guides at all places that are government approved. - In tour flights if any - Special assistances in ease city for smooth check-ins. Services Excluded: - International flights & departure taxes - Visa On Arrival guaranteed letter - Personal expenses, tips and gratuities - Travel insurance - Beverage - Other services not mentioned above

$36 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Amazing Bac Ha Market Sunday tour

* Upon arrival at Lao Cai train station at 06.30am, you'll be warmly greeted by our tour guide and driver. Then our driver will transfer you to the restaurant nearby for breakfast and fresh air. * After breakfast, depart for Bac Ha market and enjoy 2 hour drive with the mountainous scenes of North Western Vietnam along. Once arrival, you'll have a chance to visit one of the most colorful markets in the world, filled with many different hill-tribe peoples such as Flower Hmong, Dzay, Tay people. Besides there you will have a great time exploring the life of the local people in Bac Ha through their unique kinds of food and special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches. * Return to the town for lunch * In the afternoon, you will depart for the H'mong King's house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920, then enjoy a short walking to see Ban Pho village where is homeland of flower Hmong. Say goodbye to Bac Ha and get back to Lao Cai station for the overnight train back Hanoi or up to the romantic mountain town - Sapa . Tour ends in Sapa by 6PM.

$282 Outdoor Activities

Sapa Bac Ha Markets tour 3D4N

NIGHT 1:HANOI – LAO CAI An English speaking guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi at 21:00 and take you to Hanoi Train Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. DAY 1: LAO CAI – CAN CAU MARKET – BAC HA(B/L/D) You will be collected from Lao Cai Train Station for the 2-hour drive along the border with China. You will pass through wonderful landscapes, following the mountain road via Bac Ha Town to Can Cau Market. Although Can Cau is smaller than some of the other markets, it is special as it has retained its local, authentic appeal. Few tourists come here, so you will be able to get a real feel for the local cultures. After exploring the many fascinating stalls, you will head Bac Ha at around midday to have lunch and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you take a walk around Thai Giang Pho Village (4 km) to learn about the life of the Flower H’mong and the Nung. One of the qualities of these close-knit mountain communities is their warmth and hospitality. You may even be invited into a local family home for a cup of tea or the infamous corn wine. You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy your beautiful surroundings, or you may wish to visit the palace of a H’mong King. You will stay overnight at your hotel in Bac Ha. DAY 2: BAC HA MARKET – SAPA (B/L/D) Today you will walk to Bac Ha Markets, along with the local people also going to peruse the many enticing stalls. This is one of the most colourful markets in the area and looks more like a festival or celebration than a weekly market. The whole area is alive with activity, added to by the scuffle of pigs, cats, buffaloes, horses all being take for sale. You will leave the market to visit the H’mong King’s house (King Hoàng A Tưởng) which was built by the French and the Chinese in 1920. This unique combination of European and Oriental styles is reflected in the grand architecture of the building. You will then return to Bắc Hà Town for lunch. In the afternoon, you will spend some time visiting Bản Phố Village for heading Sapa. On the way to Sapa, you can stop to see the Vietnameseand Chinese Harbour Mouth in Lào Cai. You will reach Sapa in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. You will spend the night in a homestay in Sapa. DAY 3: SAPA – LAO CAI – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L/D) After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a jeep ride down into the valley. After being ped off, you will trek through the verdant valley to visit three different villages belonging. to the Black H’mong and the Dzay people. You will stop for lunch with a local Dzay family before joining the jeep back on the road for the drive to Lao Cai Train Station. You will have dinner at a local restaurant before taking the night train back to Hanoi. Night 3: Over night on the train (soft sleeper). The Sapa Tour from Hanoi finish here. See you in the next trip!

$135 Cultural & Theme Tours

Can Cau Market and Trung Do Village Tour from Sapa

After morning pickup from your hotel in Lao Cai, travel by vehicle to Bac Ha, located about 43 miles (70 km) southeast of Lao Cai. The drive is relatively flat from Lao Cai through the rural areas en route to Bao Nhai. Situated in the mountains near the border of Bac Ha lies Can Cau market (open only on Saturday). Here, you'll find a photogenic array of clothing and customs belonging to the ethnic minorities of the Flower H’mong, Nung, and Phu La who trade goods at the market. Spend the morning exploring the market, then depart for Bac Ha town for lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, it's a 30-minute drive downhill until a short walk takes you to Trung Do village, which belongs to the Tay minority. Depending on water levels of the Chay River, board a motorboat to Bao Nhai, cruising past the picturesque scenes on the riverbanks. Alternatively, you'll cross the river to visit the Flower H'mong village before walking along the riverside, arriving in about 2 hours at Bao Nhai Bridge where your vehicle will await take you back to Sapa. Approx: 6 hours driving / 2 hours walking Note: -The trip is based on the day of arrival/ departure of the night train to/ from Hanoi. Departure time from Sapa should be no later than 8.00.-The tour normally begin in Lao Cai and finish in Sapa.  -There is no surcharge in case of beginning in Lao Cai- finishing in Sapa or Beginning in Sapa and finishing in Lao Cai. -If your hotel is located in Sapa, the surcharge for one-way car (Lao Cai - Sapa) will be 31 USD. -If your hotel is located in Topas Ecolodge, the surcharge for one-way car (Topas Ecolodge - Sapa) will be 24 USD.

$910 Cultural & Theme Tours

North Loop Vietnam on Backseat

-  Day 1 ( 230 km ) : Hanoi – Suoi Giang Green Tea Valley – Nghia Lo .-  Day 2 ( 130 km ) : Nghia Lo – Khau Pha Pass – Lim Mong Valley – Mu Cang Chai. Overnight in Mau Cang Chai – Thanh Cong 3* Hotel.-  Day 3 ( 170 km ) : Mu Cang Chai –  La Pan Tan -  Sapa . Overnight in Sapa Sunny Mountain 3* Hotel.- Day 4 ( 80 km ) :   Sapa - Ban Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van villages – Sapa . Overnight in Sapa Sunny Mountain 3 * hotel. . -  Day 5 ( 300 km ) : Sapa - Cat Cat village -  Soft sleeper Train or Luxury Limousine Bus to Hanoi .