Can Cau Market TourMonday, August 29, 2011
Although Can Cau is not a big market in the area but it is very beautiful, animated and colorful. The
market is open only on Saturday. You will meet there several ethnic minorities such as Flower
Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La as well as Chinese people. Another highlight is the boat trip along Chay
River and a short walk to a Tay village.
You will be met by Lotussia Travel local guide and driver upon your arrival at Lao Cai station then
transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast (optional). Then start our drive to Can Cau market.
The road is relatively flat from Lao Cai to Bao Nhai bridge. After crossing the bridge, we begin our
journey uphill offering beautiful views over the valleys. Situated 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a
small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic
display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the whole morning
exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch.
In the afternoon, we drive downhill towards Lao Cai for about half an hour. We stop on the way
(before reaching Lao Cai) to take a short walk to Trung Do village inhabited by Tay people. Tay
villages are always set up at the foot of a mountain or along a stream and are named after a
mountain, a field, or a river. Each village contains about 15-20 households. A large village is divided
into many small hamlets. The houses are built on stilts or level with the ground. Stop by a traditional
Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River. The scenery is very
beautiful on both sides of the river. The boat trip will end at Coc Ly where your vehicle will be
waiting for you for the journey back to Lao Cai. End of tour.