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CAN CAU – THE LARGEST BUFFALO MARKET IN LAO CAI (Saturday)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
The market sells the most livestock, especially buffalo. Going to the market is not to buy goods but to exchange culture with people living along the Vietnam-China border.
Check-in at milestone 171 at the confluence of the Chay River, the border marker between Vietnam and China.

TIME:
Every Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm

DETAILED PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
6:00 am: Car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel or motel. Take guests out to breakfast.
8:00 am: The group moves to Bac Ha town center and then continues to Can Cau market, about 20 km from Bac Ha.

8:30 am: You arrive at Can Cau market. A place to meet and exchange goods of the H’Mong people. The market is divided into 2 areas, above is the people’s market, and below is the largest livestock market in Lao Cai province, mainly buffaloes with hundreds of black buffalos standing throughout the large area.

10:30: You visit milestone 171, Vietnam – China border at the confluence of the Chay River, in Nan San commune, Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai. Then continue moving to Ta Van Chu commune. At Ta Van Chu, you can visit Say’house in Su Man Khang village, a Hmong house as beautiful as a movie set.

12:00: Have lunch and enjoy local specialties
13:30: You return to Bac Ha and continue the program to Sa Pa

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GO TO SIN CHENG MARKET (Wednesday)

Sin Cheng Market is located in the center of Sin Cheng commune, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai. The market is a gathering place for many ethnic groups: Mong, Nung, Tay, Thu Lao… to interact, exchange and trade.
In many highland districts of Lao Cai, horses are no longer the only means of transportation like before, but at Sin Cheng market people can still easily see horses carrying goods every day.

TIME:
Every Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

DETAILED PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
6:00 am: Car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel or motel. Take guests out to breakfast.
8:00 am: The group moves to Bac Ha town center and then continues to Sin Cheng market, about 40km from Bac Ha, and has great check-in points along the way.


9:30 am: You arrive at Sin Cheng market, where many ethnic groups gather: H’Mong Hoa, Nung, Tay, and Thu Lao. Here you will find green vegetables, tubers, fruits… from cold regions grown by people in the fields to ensure clean quality. Visit the butcher shop, you can buy black pork, dried buffalo meat… In particular, you can buy Sin Cheng duck eggs for 6,000 VND/egg, an extremely famous specialty of Sin Cheng.

10:30: Visit the ancient house in San Chung village of the Chinese H’Mong people with the characteristic features of a walled house and yin-yang tiled roof.
11:00: You move to Bac Ha town center, have lunch, and enjoy local specialties.

AFTERNOON:
13:30: You move to Sapa.
16:00: Arrive in Sapa, check in to the hotel and rest