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MARKETS ON WHEELS - 3 DAYS, REF. B3A
(3 days)

MARKETS ON WHEELS - 3 DAYS, REF. B3A

WHAT TO EXPECT:
This mountain bike trip takes you through beautiful countryside and intriguing villages. You will have the opportunity to observe the local minority communities at work tending their fields in the shadow of the Chay river massif. The overnight stays in Bac Ha will give you the chance to explore the villages and visit the local market. You will also be able to visit the Can Cau market as well as enjoy a boat cruise on the Chay River.

ITINERARY:
Day 1: FRIDAY LAO CAI - BAC NGAM - BAC HA
After having breakfast, you will start out from Lao Cai by cycling on good flat road leading towards Bac Ngam. You pass by peaceful countryside of the Red River valley. Villages and rice fields are all along the way. You arrive in Bac Ngam by noon, where you stop for a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, you will have a long and sometimes steep ascent to the final destination of the day, Bac Ha. Should you feel tired from riding the bike, your jeep will pick you up and give you a lift to Bac Ha. You will check in to a hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights. A cold drink, a shower and a nice dinner will complete this day and make it one to remember (L,D)
Approx: 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour lunch

Day 2: SATURDAY BAC HA - CAN CAU - BAC HA
Today is time for a special market experience: the Can Cau market. The road between Bac Ha and Can Cau is hilly but extremely beautiful. The ride will take approx. 1,5 hours. The products on the market are interesting and the groups of ethnic minority people represented will make the market an unforgettable experience. You will spend all morning walking around the market exploring its magnificent chaos. You will have picnic lunch on the way.
In the afternoon, you head back to Bac Ha. You will be able to take a nice ride to Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities, which is nearby Bac Ha. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruits of the area is plum. You will be able to visit a local house, where you might have a chance to taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village. You will spend another night in the hotel (B,L,D)
Approx: 4 hours cycling/ 1 hour lunch

Day 3: SUNDAY BAC HA - BAO NHAI - LAO CAI
After breakfast, you take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. From there you can have a view over Bac Ha town. You will then visit this market with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung who gather to buy and sell. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
You will then start out from Bac Ha by cycling downhill to Bao Nhai, where we get on a boat to have a cruise on the Chay River. It is a perfect way to finish your trip by sitting in the boat exploring the life at the riverbank. Your jeep will wait for you in Coc Ly and take you to Lao Cai Railway Station to reach the train back to Hanoi. Another possibility is to return to Sapa for more adventurouss holiday experiences in the mountains of Vietnam (B,L)
Approx: 1,5 hours cycling/ 3 hours boat cruise/ 1 hour walking/ 1 hour lunch

Note: On the entire trip you will have a supply car, which can give you a lift whenever you feel tired.


INCLUDING:
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Accommodation in hotel ( base on twin share )
- Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
- English or French speaking guide
- Entrance fee to indicated sights
- Mountain bicycle 24 or 27Speed (LA bike or Trek bike. etc...)
- Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
- Spare bike
- Cold water box, small fresh towel.
- Mineral water drinking.

EXCLUDING: Other meals, tip, drinks, single room, personal expenses, insurance...


               
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