Coc Ly Market – Bac Ha town – Lao Cai province

Coc Ly Market – Bac Ha town – Lao Cai province

Route
Sapa or Lao Cai —> Coc Ly —> Chay River —> Trung Do —> Bao Nhai —> Sapa or Lao Cai
Grade
Easy
Description/Itinerary

Coc Ly a is a medium sized minority peoples market where every Tuesday the tribes from the surrounding villages come to buy and sell goods and meet friends. You will find Flower H’mong (Red H’mong), Black Dao, Nung, Dzay and Tay peoples in attendance and the goods on offer range from local fruit and vegetables to livestock, handicrafts and clothes.

The market starts around 7am and closes in the early afternoon.  A typical itinerary for a day at Coc Ly would be something along the lines of:

  • Drive to Coc Ly (95 km / 1h 45m from Sapa, or 60 km / 1 hour from Lao Cai).
  • Enjoy your time at the market, walk around, bargain and take in the sights and sounds of local life.
  • After exploring the market take a short drive to the Chay river.  Sail down the gently flowing waters, lined by corn and vegetable fields,  passing beautiful villages, impressive waterfalls, gorges and caves as you journey downriver.
  • Stop halfway down the river to visit Trung Do, a village of the Tay minority people.  Take time to explore the farms where they grow exotic chillis and jack fruit.
  • Sail a further 15 minutes down stream to Bao Nhai village and have a late lunch in a local restaurant.
  • After lunch drive back to Sapa or Lao Cai.
Tour guide, private transport, lunch, village entrance fees
Not Included
Drinks, personal travel insurance, tips
Price

All prices are quoted in USD.

1 person 2  people 3-4 people 5-6 people
Price $170 per person $91per person $57 per person $45 per person