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Uncover the Beauty of Can Cau Market
(Saturdays Only)

Pick up from Sa Pa

Tour Code: SAP-28 Duration: Approx 8 Hours

Visit the Saturday market of Can Cau and dive straight into the vibrant trade and commerce of local villagers.


  • Lose Yourself in one of the most Colorful and Vibrant Markets of Bac Ha, the Saturday Market of Can Cau
  • Feast on the Delicious and Juicy meat Dishes Served Fresh from the Grill as you walk Around the Weekly Market of Can Cau
  • Spend your time with Local People and Learn more About Their rich Custom and Culture as you chat Along with them
  • Take a boat trip Along the Chay River and Marvel at the Wonderful River Scenery Before you

Tour Description:

Start your trip by travelling 70 kilometers to the northeast of Lao Cai. The drive is relatively relaxing during the first 50 kilometers or so, but soon you will turn your wheels toward the rural pathway and the ride gets slightly bumpy. Situated about 20 kilometers from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small local market which takes place every Saturday. The vehicle is parked outside so you will have to take a short walk to the market. At the same time, you will be able to share the walk with local folks donned in colourful clothes making their way there as well. They usually travel by horses, bikes or on foot so feel free to say hi whenever they pass by. The market will then come into sight and you will make yourself into the crowded marketplace for a closer look at the local trade. Among its many other weekly market, Can Cau is especially known for its livestock. The community here loves to show just how important and precious their cattle and chickens are when it comes to their daily lives. Unsurprisingly, you will also find dogs being sold for adoption here. Can Cau Market has at least 8 different minority tribes carrying out their daily trades side by side. Most of them are from the Hmong tribe, especially the Flower Hmong and Blue Hmong. However, there are numerous other tribes as well such as the Nung or Phu La sharing the space together. The colorful traditional costumes make the market all the more lively and vibrant than what it already is. Occasionally, you may also catch a waft of delightful grilled meat being freshly cooked nearby.

The whole morning of your market visit will be spent exploring the entire marketplace and by noon, your tummy will be rumbling for lunch. When this happens, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and take a short break before continuing your way downhill toward Trung Do Village. Along the way, enjoy the view of beautiful rice terraces, stunning waterfalls and the architectural marvel of local stilted houses. The beauty of Trung Do lies in the small details and coming to the village, you will have the chance to witness the domestic hydraulic rice mortars and other manufacturing processes used by local experts. Inhabited mostly by the Tay, you will get to visit their stilted houses and learn more about their culture, custom and every day routine. If you come and visit during the festive season, there will also be music and other seasonal festivity going on that you can definitely try out. Before bidding goodbye to the village, you will also take a look at Trung Do Temple - a temple filled with historical imprints from the Le-Mac dynasty which has been recognized as a national, cultural and historical heritage. Next, take a boat ride on Song Chay river and enjoy the full view of the beautiful landscape and villages. If the level of water is too low, you will cross the Song Chay river to visit the home of the Flower Hmong. Their colorful patterns on the dress is the origin of their name and during your visit, you will also get to learn more about the religion of the Flower Hmong. Leaving the village behind, your trip ends at Bao Nhai bridge, where a can will pick you up.

Cancellation Policy:

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Pick-Up Time:

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am

What's Included:

  • Return transfers
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Entrance fee

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned

Additional Information:

  • It is advisable to wear shorts, long pants, tights and t-shirts; strap sandals or shoes. No white clothing.
  • Do take note that the locals peddling their items for sale is common in these areas
  • The tour takes about 6 hours of driving and 2 hours of walking
  • This tour is subject to availability. Please check with Adventoro Concierge (Call / Whatsapp +6010 468 8011) to inquire about the availability of this tour
  • Prices shown are based on minimum of 2 pax. For solo travellers please check in with Adventoro Concierge
  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing tours
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

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List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Sa Pa. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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