Coc Ly Market - Tuesday

Tuesday: Coc Ly Market (56km from Lao Cai )
Beautiful and colorful Tuesday Market of the hill tribal peoples living around Coc Ly Commune and the northern region of Bac Ha District with festive atmosphere.Meeting to hill tribal peoples such as: Flower Hmong; Black Zao; Tay; Nung…, who go to the market in their best traditional costume not only for shopping but mainly for socializing. Magnificent and stunning landscapes of the mountainous region in the far-north and Chay River Massif.
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 encounter 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.

Route: Sapa -  Lao Cai - Coc Ly - Chay River - Trung Do - Bao Nhai - Lao Cai - Sapa

Duration: 1 Day Trip
Grade: Easy
Activities: 2 hours walking to hidden villages, Boat trip a long scenic river
Start/ Finish: Lao Cai, Sapa

Enjoy all-inclusive tour with service attention to details
Spectacular scenery of  mountain high
Visit market fair with unique culture
Boat trip along river to explore hidden Villages

Itinerary at a glance
         From Sapa: 2 hour-road trip to Coc Ly (~ 90km)
         From Lao Cai: 1 hour-road trip to Coc Ly (~ 60km)
         Inclusion:  Breakfast, Lunch, transfer, guide, entrance fees, boat trip
This trip is designed to add-on trekking tours from Sapa, it can be start in both Lao Cai or Sapa, and the prices will be reduced when you combined between Sapa Tours and Market tours. For More information we invite you to  contact with our travel experts at:

Pick you up at Lao Cai station then follow national road 70 traveling through the lush farm land of Lao Cai province for 42 km to Phong Nien Commune, turn left and follow provincial road 154 which sneaks through the country side along the Chay river for 17 km to Coc Ly which offers beautiful scenery of high mountains, narrow valleys and terraced rice paddies. Enjoy several photo stops along the way, especially of the beautiful tea plantations near Phong Hai.

Arrive in Coc Ly around 9am, the crowded time of the market. Join colorful ethnic minority peoples for about 2 hours of the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as activities of this fair. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicinal herb…especially encountering smiling faces every where. Coc Ly is also famous for its cattle exchanging specialist, local farmers from villages in the region sell and by cows, horses, water buffaloes, pigs… where it happened just in ground behind the market. The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunch time.

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.
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