Hill Tribe Market - Cao Son Market

Although tourism is developing fast in the region, many locals still live a very basic life. Most of them spend all day long working on the fields. It's so easy to find a small market in any villages; they sell what their families do not need in markets, Cao Son market is not an exception. And with the money they make, they buy something else. It is what experts call a subsistence economy. No luxuries here.
Destinations: Cao Son Market - Sapa - Cat Cat Village
Departure date: Every Tuesday
Duration: 2 Days 3 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
  • Summary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Tour Information


  • Cao Son Market
  • Sapa town
  • Cat Cat village


  • Visit Cao Son Market - under the green of pine forest, deep in the forest, overlooking to mountain range and lush valley near Chay river.  
  • Visit Cat Cat village - the most popular attraction in Sapa

Brief Itinerary

Day Destinations Accommodation
Night 1 - Tuesday Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai Overnight train
Day 1 - Wednesday Lao Cai - Cao Son Market - Sapa Hotel in Sapa
Day 2 - Thursday Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi Overnight train


What to bring?

  • Original passport with valid visa
  • Camera and rolls of film
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Wide brim hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes (necessary to pack in during November to February)
  • Small amount of cash
  • Personal medicines
  • Insect repellent
  • Joy and big smiles :)

Night 1: Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai

From 07:30 pm to 08:00 pm, our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel to go to the Hanoi Railway Station.

You will take overnight train to Lao Cai.


Day 01: Lao Cai - Cao Son Market - Sapa (B,L,D)

In the morning, you will enjoy a cozy breakfast in Lao Cai train station. After few minutes resting, the driver will take you to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son market about 10:00 AM, enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. The shining dress of colorful Hmong girls attracts you much as you fall down to a new world, a world of interest and fun. Picnic lunch is served after the visit to Ngai Phong Cho village – the habitat of Flower Hmong tribe.

In the afternoon, you will, for sure, be impressed by the magnificent landscapes of Chay river and lofty mountain ranges en route Cao Son – Coc Ly. Arriving Coc Ly, a boat trip is on offer to visit the awesome Fairy cave and charmingly- located village of Tay tribe.

However, please note that there are 2 seasons: dry season (from October to March - peak of season is from November to January) and flooded season (from April to September - peak of season is August and September) and somehow we cannot take a boat trip and have to be transfered by car instead. We will let you know details about weather condition if you would like to book this trip.

In the late afternoon, our car take you back to Lao Cai city then heading to Sapa to spend overnight.

Stay overnight in hotel in Sapa.


Day 02: Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B,L,D)

In the morning, you are free to discover the enchanting of this colonial town by visiting the ancient church, the central market. Lunch is served in a chic restaurant.

In the afternoon, after check-out of the hotel, our guide will pick you up to lead you to Cat Cat village to experience some strange customs of Black Hmong tribe, you also have a nice time to enjoy the conversation with local people there. Afterward, walking downhill to the waterfall, relax and unwind then walking uphill to the hotel. Stay at leisure until the bus come to take you back to Lao Cai train station. Dinner in a good restaurant before taking the night train returning to Hanoi.

End your trip here.


This itinerary is private and customized for a small group. Of course it's available join-in tour for some itineraries if you don't want to go over budget. For more details please contact us at anytime.

The price below is US$ per person:

Quantity of group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
Superior hotel US$ 316.00 US$ 210.00 US$ 180.00 US$ 165.00 US$ 156.00 US$ 153.00
Deluxe hotel US$ 349.00 US$ 235.00  US$ 205.00  US$ 190.00 US$ 183.00   US$ 178.00


Service Inclusion:

  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Private transfer in Hanoi/Lao Cai/Sapa
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi: 4 soft sleeper berth cabin with A/C
  • Twin or Double shared accommodation at 3 star hotel or 4 star hotel with daily breakfast
  • Boat trip on Chay river or private car to Trung Do village instead 
  • Breakfast up on arrival at hotel in Sapa
  • Two (02) bottles of mineral water for each person per day.
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

 Service Exclusions:

  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Domestic flights & departure taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.


  • As we've mentioned above, this tour is private and could be customized in order to meet your requirements.
  • More people is equal to Lower cost.
  • Please be aware this itinerary or other trekking itineraries in general are not highly recommended to children, people with history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
  • Itinerary is subject to change under certain circumstances such as: uncontrolled weather condition.
  • The selected hotel might be changed to another one because of fully booking or renovation. We will surely let you know before decide to book and guarantee that the hotel is the same level to the first one.
  • High Season surchage will be applied if your travel date is on Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr.
  • Public Holiday dates surchage will be applied if your travel date is on 1 Jan, Lunar New Year, from 27 Apr to 1 May, from 27 Aug to 2 Sep, 24 Dec, 31 Dec.