Hill Tribe Market - Coc Ly 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, Coc Ly market, too. And with the money they make, they buy something else. It is what experts call a subsistence economy.
Destinations: Sapa - Coc Ly Market - Boat trip on Chay River - Visit Trung Do village
Departure date: Every Sunday
Duration: 2 Days 3 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
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  • Take a light trek to Cat Cat & Sin Chai village
  • Stay overnight in Sapa town
  • Visit Coc Ly Market
  • Boat trip on Chay River


  • Trekking and visiting most famous ethnic villages in Sapa: Cat Cat, Sin Chai
  • Exploring Coc Ly market. Shopping & tasting many kinds of food at the market.     

Brief Itinerary

Day Destinations Accommodation
Night 1 Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai Overnight train
Day 1 Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Sapa Hotel in Sapa 
Day 2 Sapa - Coc Ly Market - Boat trip on Chay river - Lao Cai 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 - Sa Pa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Sapa (B/L/D)

05:30 AM: Arrive at Lao Cai train station. Our staff will pick you up with the sign of your name then transfer to Sapa.

07:00 AM: A morning shower could be offered after or before Breakfast as your request.

09:00 AM: Check in the hotel then start a new day by a short trek about 3km down to Cat Cat Village - the home of H'mong minority, visit Tien Sa waterfall and also have chance to take part in a performance art of H’Mong boy and girl.

After continue trekking to visit Sin Chai village where you can see spectacular views of the beautiful valley towards Fansipan-highest peak in Vietnam and Indochina; and Black Hmong ethnic minority, see people weaving,embroidering and dying their clothes,… then take a Jeep/van back to Sapa.

Estimated distance trekking: 10 km
Estimated time trekking: 3 hours

Lunch at the restaurant and free time in the afternoon to discover Sapa town and Sapa Market. Dinner at the hotel or restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel in Sapa.


Day 2: Sapa - Coc Ly - Boat trip on Chay River - Lao Cai (B/L/D)

Leave Sapa for Lao Cai then Coc Ly tribal market at 08:00 AM after your breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Coc Ly market is by side of Chay River. Every Tuesday morning, tribal residents from nearby area come to the market and trade their products. After spending time exploring market, you travel by small boat on the flow of Chay River, when you enjoy breathtaking landscapes of the spectacular grottos and lives on the riverbank. Lunch is served when the boat trip finish. 

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.

The trip will also consist of a visit to Trung Do village of Tay people, where you cease for a cup of tea and dozens of stories about the tribal tradition, before continue boat ride to Bao Nhai Bridge, where our vehicles are waiting for a return trip to Lao Cai Railway Station for the night train back to Hanoi.

Stay overnight on train. And we will arrive in Hanoi around 05:00 AM. End of tour.


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$ 294.00 US$ 199.00 US$ 173.00 US$ 162.00 US$ 154.00 US$ 148.00
Deluxe hotel US$ 327.00 US$ 225.00  US$ 199.00  US$ 186.00 US$ 178.00   US$ 173.00


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.