Hill Tribe Market - Lung Khau Nhin Market

A very rural tribal market in an touched region near Chinese border where ethnic minority peoples, some coming from very small groups, gather every Thursday, the Lung Khau Nhin Market is a highlight of this trip. Visiting this market as well as tribal villages in the two most beautiful valleys of Sapa the trip help you to focus on Vietnam's ethnicity and nature's beauty.
Destinations: Lung Khau Nhin Market - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin
Departure date: Every Wednesday
Duration: 2 Days 3 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
  • Summary
  • Detailed Itinerary
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  • Lung Khau Nhin Market
  • Sapa town
  • Ma Tra & Ta Phin village


  • Exploring Lung Khau Nhin market. Shopping & tasting many kinds of food at the market
  • Trekking and visiting most famous ethnic villages in Sapa: Ma Tra & Ta Phin

Brief Itinerary

Day Destinations Accommodation
Night 1 - Wednesday Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai Overnight train
Day 1 - Thursday Lao Cai - Lung Khau Nhin Market - Sapa Hotel in Sapa
Day 2 - Friday Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - 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 1: Lao Cai - Lung Khau Nhin Market - Sapa Town (B,L,D)

Meeting your Sapa guide and driver upon your arrival to Lao Cai Station early in the morning, freshen up and have breakfast before transferring about 2.5 hours, first through the lush farm land of Lao Cai Plateau and then later uphill along the Chinese border.

Lung Khau Nhin market is a simple ground nested itself amongst mountain and forest which is quiet for all other day of the week waken up today to host peoples from villages nearby. Joining the Flower H'mong, Dzao, Tay, Zay, Tu Zi, Pazi people you will soon realize that they know one another well and spend most of their time on talking, chatting..

After the market, you will fancy a short walk to a Black Dzao village before taking the same road back to Muong Khuong town for lunch. The jour back to Lao Cai and later uphill to Sapa will be highlighted with photo stops of breathtaking scenery.

Check in your hotel upon arrival to Sapa and the rest of the day is set at your leisure for wandering this charming town.

Stay overnight in Sapa.


Day 2: Sapa - light trek to Ma Tra & Ta Phin Village (B,L,D)

Starting from hotel with your guide, you will follow a trail running through fruit and orchard gardens, lush pine forests to a Black Hmong ethnic minority village named Ma Tra, isolated away from the civilization. Chickens, water buffalos, pot - belly pigs and piggy everywhere, some locals will be happy to invite us to their home which offers chances to see their dwellings, weavings on belly looms to makes traditional costumes out of hemp fiber.

Our path weaves itself up and down hills, through valleys with terraced rice fields which create spectacular landscapes. After picnic lunch, we get to Ta Phin Commune where the Black H'mong and the Red Zao live together. It is very interesting to realize culture assimilation: Which can be mixed, which can not! At the end of the footpath, our car is waiting for us for the return journey to Sapa.

Afternoon is at your leisure for wandering Sapa town and market until late afternoon when transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back. Trip ends when arrives in Hanoi early next morning on Sunday morning at 6:00 am.

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$ 262.00 US$ 182.00 US$ 161.00 US$ 151.00 US$ 141.00 US$ 140.00
Deluxe Hotel US$ 296.00 US$ 208.00  US$ 187.00  US$ 176.00 US$ 170.00   US$ 166.00

 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
  • Breakfast up on arrival in Lao Cai
  • 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.