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Thứ Hai, 20 tháng 2, 2017

Sa Pa the best new destinations for 2017 at Viet nam

VTMECO     07:24  No comments
The resort towns of Đà Lạt (in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng) and Sa Pa (in the northern province of Lào Cai) have been included in a new list of the top 10 rising destinations in Asia by travel site TripAdvisor.

Đà Lạt is ranked fourth and Sa Pa, sixth.

Called the City of Eternal Spring, City of Flowers, and City of Love, Đà Lạt is full of beautiful French-era buildings and surrounded by pine trees, flowers and vegetable farms.

Tourists are recommended to visit Linh Phước Pagoda, Trúc Lâm Zen Buddhist temple and Elephant Falls, where they can try their hand at rafting, mountain biking and canyoning.

Sa Pa, located some 2,000km further north, is known for its trekking trails. The colourful town is recognised as the perfect oasis for travellers on strenuous mountain treks and rice paddy tours.

Tourists can visit the Saturday night “love market”, the Gothic stone church in the town centre and Vietnamese and European restaurants.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise, released on Wednesday, recognised 43 destinations around the world selected based on travellers’ reviews of accommodation, restaurants and attractions and increase in booking interest. – VNS

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Top 10 Local Markets in Sapa Tour Packages

VTMECO     20:16  1 comment
Sapa is not only famous with the stunning landscape, terraced rice fields, but alo famous with for local markets weekly which giving travellers an authentic experience of the local hill tribe culture about their customs, daily life and traditional habits. Here is list of local markets in sapa you may wish to consider visiting as part of your Sapa Trekking Tour.
Read more : About Sapa Vietnam - Sapa vietnam travel guide

#1 Bac Ha Market – Sunday

This is the biggest and most well-known market in Sapa. Just take three hours drive from Sapa town and the market occurs every Sunday. Bac Ha market is a place where everyone come to buy and sell a wide variety of goods, livestock and exchange news as well as friendships. The market opens at around 7.30am - closed mid-afternoon, Therefore the best way to see trading out there is to arrive early and leave before the crowds of tourists arrive on the buses between 10am and 11am. This is not really a place for shopping, just a great location to visit the ethnic minority group – Flower Hmong, Tay, Nung, Black Dao ….etc in exchange the culture and take photos
Top 10 Local Markets in Sapa Tour Packages
Bac Ha Market - Top 10 Local Markets in Sapa Tour Packages

#2 Coc Ly market – Tuesday

This is a colorful market in a mountainous area northern Vietnam, where the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products. It’s coming for every Tuesday, it starts around 7am and closed in the early afternoon.

#3 Can Cau market

If you are traveling to sapa on Saturday, you will get a chance to visit colourful market – Can Cau. Located only 7 kilometers from the Chinese border. A visit to this market is a fascinating and authentic experience

#4 Muong Khuong market

Muong Khuong market is far away 90 km from Sapa. It opens on every Sunday and considered as the biggest of the minority here. Local peoples from everywhere of Muong Khuong’s land coming here to get gather in selling and trade from cattle, vegetable, handicraft, traditional incense and local products.

#5 Lung Khau Nhin market

Lung Khau Nhin is small market, near Muong Khuong town and is habitant place of the Black Dao, Tay, Flower H’Mong (Red H’mong), Dzay minority group. This is alo a place that people selling brocade, dresses and blankets as well as dogs, cats, pigs and chickens. Lung Khau Nhin market held every Thursday starting around 7.30am – closes in the early afternoon.

#6 Cao Son market

Cao Son market has only meeting on Wednesday, this is the market of ethnic H’Mong, Phu La, Han and Black Dao, who living in 4 biggest villages of Muong Khuong. A Sapa Trekking Tour that including Cao Son market will have a great opportunity for you to interact as well as learn more about the daily life of ethnic where you also will easily be overwhelmed by some cuisines from flavors of buffalo meat, beef meat and horse of the H’Mong peoples.

#7 Xin cheng market - Wednesday

Like Cao Son market, Xin cheng market is held on every Wednesday. It offers the opportunity to explore a colorful gathering point of many local minorities – Tay, Flower H’Mong, Dzay. This market is a place where everyone meet up together to exchange clothes, fruits, tobacco, buffalo, horses and many other local products. Learn more:

#8 Simacai Market - Sunday

Simacai Market as well known as one of the remote tribal market of the region. It’s rarely have the visit of visitor as other market in Sapa, this is because this market often holds in the mountains and forest at the far end of a tough road.

#9 Pha long market – Morning Saturday

Just few kilometers away from Chinese border, coming to Pha Long market takes 3 hours from Sapa. This market is very rural and seldom visited by tourists.

#10 Muong Hum market – Sunday

Located next to a pretty little river, Muong Hum market offers a taste into what rural Vietnam is like for ethnic minority people, who living in the northern highlands. Most of them coming here to sell their homemade products such as: vegetables, fruits and animals

Thứ Hai, 31 tháng 8, 2015

Discovery Coc Ly Market Tour in Sapa Trekking

VTMECO     22:08  2 comments

About Sapa Trekking Tour 

Coc Ly market (On Tuesday), 1 day by Sapa Travel.  It is the colorful market in a mountainous area where the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products

Beautiful and colorful Tuesday Market of the hill tribal peoples living around Coc Ly Commune and the northern region of Bac Ha District with festive atmosphere.

  •  Meeting to hill tribal peoples such as: Flower Hmong; Black Zao; Tay; Nung…, who go to the market in their best traditional costume not only for shopping but mainly for socializing. 
  •  Magnificent and stunning landscapes of the mountainous region in the far-north and Chay River Massif.


Pick you up at Sapa Hotel or Lao Cai station then follow national road 70 traveling through the lush farm land of Lao Cai province for 42 km to Phong Nien Commune, turn left and follow provincial road 154 which sneaks through the country side along the Chay river for 17 km to Coc Ly which offers beautiful scenery of high mountains, narrow valleys and terraced rice paddies. Enjoy several photo stops along the way, especially of the beautiful tear farms near Phong Hai.  

  • Arrive in the market place at about 09.00am, at crowded time of the market. Join local ethnic peoples for about 2 hours of the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as activities of this weekly market. 
  • Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicinal herb…especially meeting smiling peoples every where. 

Coc Ly is also famous cattle market where local farmers from villages in the region sell and by cows, horses, water buffaloes, pigs…, and there is a large ground just beside the main market place for this activity.

  • The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunch time.  Leaving the market at noon, boarding a motor boat and cruising down stream the
  •  Chay River for 1.5 hour to Trung Do village of the Tay which is beautifully set on the bank of the river. Spend about an hour walking to explore this charming village before continuing the boat trip briefly to Bao Nhai.  Enjoy late lunch in a local restaurant and then take 46 km road transfer back to Lao Cai station or Sapa Town on request.
  • Tour summary: Total road transfer 142 km approx. 3 hours/ Market, walk & village visiting 3 hours/ Boat trip nearly 2 hours/ Lunch included.
  • Once you’ve seen our programme, you can make any changes you wish. We are a very flexible tailor-made tour operator and we can design tours to meet our clients’ precise requirements. Please send email to Sapa Travel via: for information about Sapa Tours and Vietnam and our sample tours. Book now for getting promotion rate.


– English or French speaking guide

– Boat on Chay River

– Picnic Lunch

– Entrance fee


– Drinks

– Insurance

– Personal expenses

– Hotels in Sapa

This tour is made by Sapa Viet Nam Travel  and you can customize or combine with other Viet Nam Luxury Holidays

Trekking and Market Tour - Best Sapa Trekking Travel

VTMECO     22:05  No comments

Tour name: Trekking and Market Tour

Duration: 3 nights 2 days
See more : Get to Sapa by Train 
Route: Hanoi —> Lao Cai —> Sapa Town —> Village Trek —> Sapa Town —> Ethnic Market —> Lao Cai —> Hanoi

Distance Covered: 14 km

Grade: Medium – with some gradual ascents and descents
An exciting introduction to Sapa combining colourful markets and stunning scenery.

Night 1: Overnight on train

Make your way to Hanoi Station one hour before your overnight sleeper train is due to depart for Lao Cai Station. Your ticket vouchers will be sent to you by e-mail in advance.


Day 1: Lao Cai- Lao Chai- Ta Van

Arriving in the morning at Lao Cai Station you will be met by our driver at the station’s exit. The driver will be holding a sign with the Sapa Travel logo and your name clearly marked and escort you to your minibus.

Sapa town, the queen of the mountains, is a 40 minute drive from Lao Cai station.  Be sure to look out of the windows at the captivating views of emerald green valleys, majestic mountains shrouded in cloud and intricate rice paddy fields.

Upon arrival at your hotel you will have breakfast and a chance to freshen up. After which, your tour guide will pick you up for the tour starting at 9 A.M. First you will be driven in a private car to Lao Chai, an established H’mong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. Trekking through this village you will have the opportunity to see the products of this rich culture at its best, with hereditary rice terraces, traditional homes and a vibrant community.

We will then trek on to Ta Van village where you will visit the Giay minority people. This group traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish inside bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice.

Transport will be waiting at Ta Van bridge to take you back for lunch at a local restaurant in Sapa. Then at 2pm your guide will collect you and you will be driven in a private car to the Silver Waterfall, with a 300m drop. Scenic steps will lead you to the foot of the waterfall and the perfect place for photos.
Continuing our journey, we will drive a further 3 km to the Tram Ton Pass, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at approximately 2000m. At this height you will feel the temperature drop but the views are truly stunning, and you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs, explore and take photographs.

A further 3km drive will take you to the start point of your next walk, a path through the primary forest to the Love Waterfall, following the crystal clear waters of the Golden Stream. This area is known for cardamom crops, used for medicine or cooking and are a significant source of income for the minority people. Having returned to the car you will be driven back to your hotel where you will have dinner.

Night 2

Your overnight stay will be in a comfortable Sapa hotel.

Day 2: Market Tour

After breakfast you and your guide will be driven to visit one of the various weekly ethnic markets found in this area. (Please note that the market available will depend on the dates of your tour) Please refer to the ‘Market Days’ section of our website.

After the market tour you will be driven back to Lao Cai station with plenty of time to spare before you train is due to depart. Before your guide says goodbye they will recommend restaurants where you can have dinner.

Night 3

  • Overnight sleeper train arriving early in the morning at Hanoi Station. Tour ends.
  • Trekking and market tour 3 nights 2 days 

PRICE in USD per person

  • Number of persons     2        3          4           5     6-7      8
  • Price                        340     310     280     260     245     240


  • Breakfast (day 1, 2), Lunch (day 1, 2 ), Dinner (day 1), Local tour guide, Transport, Village entrance fees, Round-trip train tickets,1 night hotel stay at Bamboo/ Royal View


  • Drinks, Personal travel insurance, Tips


  • Comfortable trekking shoes, Waterproof jacket, Suitable clothing, Mosquito repellent

Amazing Sapa tour : Nam Cang Trekking 1 day

VTMECO     22:02  No comments

Sapa travel > sapa trekking > Nam Cang Trek 1 day 

  • Nam Cang village locates in a remote and beautiful area dominavted by Red Dao minority. 
  • Visiting the most remote part of Sapa area equals real adventure and great opportunities to explore the natural life of ethnic minority groups living in the mountains. 
  • The locals will look with big eyes and followed by happy smiles as this is “off the beaten track”. 
  • You enjoy your lunch in a comfortable riverside lodge connecting with Nam Cang village with own bridge. Along the tour you will meet several different tribes, each with own language and costumes.


• The best picturesque mountainous and rice-terrace views of the most remote area of Sapa;
• Encounter with the minorities of Red Dao and Blue H’mong.

The Red Dao village of Nam Cang is 35km from Sapa. The drive is on mountain road running aside of the scenery Muong Hoa valley, with picturesque views of peaky mountains, endless rice terraces, waterfalls and Hill tribes’ villages.
Your 3-hour hike starts near the Nam Nhiu village  (See more : Sapa Village Tour)
. You are now on off the beaten track trails, enjoying beautiful views of high mountains, waterfalls and the deep valley. After a hard ascending, you will arrive at the Blue H’mong village of Nam Than. The walk is now mostly downhill and soon you will reach the small and remote Red Dao minority village of Nam Cang. Your lunch is served at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, situated few meters from the river with own suspended bridge and with the jungle close by.
Nam Cang village locates at the most remote area of Sapa. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at.
Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry and embroidery. You may also want to take a swim in the river, before having a transfer back to Sapa town.


• Kind of trip: joining tour of maximum 10 travellers
• Departure from:
• Sapa office at 8:00
• Finish approximately at: Sapa Hotel at 17:00
• Activities: Walking, cultural exploring, sightseeing
• What to take: a day backpack; comfortable walking shoes; hat; sun cream; shorts & T-shirt for hot season and long trouser & light windbreaker jacket for cold season.


Number of persons     2     3       4        5      6-7     8
Price                         45     42     40     39     35     34

Note: The price based on sharing group of minimum 2 travelers


• English speaking guide
• All needed transportation by shuttle bus
• Lunch
• Water and snack
• Entrance fees


• Insurance
• Tip and gratuity


  • Make this one day trek to Nam Cang Village with Sapa Travel. Please contact us at:
  • Email:
  • Travel contact number: (+84) 987-666-025
  • Person in charge: Sapa Travel expert, Ms Van Pham

Sin Chai village information - Sapa Trips

VTMECO     21:03  No comments
Sin Chai is a village of the Dao ethnic people, whose women wear beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jeweler and an enormous red turban. This village offers an amazing vista across the valley.

Sin Chai village information

Location: Located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, ‘the roof of Vietnam and Indochina’ is Sin Chai village, about 30 kilometers trekking from Sapa town.
Sin Chai is a village of the Red Dao ethnic people, whose women wear beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jeweler and an enormous red turban. Coming to Sin Chai village, visitors can experience cultural beauty. Sin Chai is a community village. In this village, local people will take the time to teach textile weaving and dying, will take the group on a locally built trail to explain the names and function of the local flora. There will be the opportunity to participate in the village community, there will be a traditional sporting activity and tree planting. But before staying in Sin Chai Village, the visitors shall have a chance to stop over Cat Cat Village, just 2 km trekking from Sapa Town let and on the way to Sin Chai Village, to learn about the life of Black Hmong people.

Related information:

  1. See what people say about us at Sapa Reviews
  2. Where to eat and the best restaurant in the town
  3. Adventures and tours in Sapa with Sapa Travel
  4. What is a amazing waterfall in Cat Cat Village
  5. How to find the best view to the valley in Sapa
  6. Local guide and information before travelling Sapa

Ta Phin -Sapa- More Village information

VTMECO     21:00  2 comments

Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin village of the H’Mong and Red Dao minority people, a remote village about 12 kilometers from Sapa which still retains traditional customs and lifestyles of ethnic minority groups.

Ta Phin village information

Location: It is about 12 kilometers from Sapa.
Ta Phin is a picturesque village. It takes about thirty minute driving from North of Sapa. Setting within a valley with a mountain peak at one end, this village is alive with the daily life of the Kinh, Red Dao and Black Hmong people.The valley floor is layered with rice paddies and dotted with 20 small home communes. Above them are some smaller communes and a patchwork of corn and vegetable fields.

There are a lot of special things awaiting visitors at Ta Phin. The villagers will invite visitors to visit their homes to show how they live and what they have, and tell about their families. People here are so active – not only do they grow vegetables and pigs and get wood for the fire, they also try to learn English so they can talk to tourists. Before there they’re tourists they they’re very poor. But now they can make more handicrafts and make some money and meet people.

When heading off to Ta Phin village from Sapa, hiking up and down the 12 kilometers of hilly terrain is a good choice as travelers will see local people working in terraced paddy fields, or traveling back and forth from the market to their homes or tourist can stop to see an old French monastery. Especially after a long day of walking on the windy roads and hills around Sapa town tourist can soak your bones and muscles in a traditional Red Dao herbal bath at Ta Phin.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

– Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

– Minority market and trek in Sapa

– H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

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