Bac Ha is located at about two hour drive from Lao Cai, and much less developed for tourism than Sapa. Bac Ha is not only known for the big Sunday market, but also the off the beaten path place that offers beautiful treks through local hamlets, peach gardens, and terraced paddy fields. We at Hiking Vietnam provide not only Bac Ha trekking tour, Bac Ha treks, but also practical information about Bac Ha trekking, Bac Ha trekking map, Bac Ha hiking.
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The Can Cau and Bac Ha markets, in particular, feature local scenes that have been going on every week for generations, where cattle, horses, goats and dogs are bought and sold, as well as many traditional goods like saddles and plowshares, along with elaborate textiles, handbags and other trinkets made by the local tribes people, the Flower Hmong.
To reach Bac Ha, you can either take the night train like most of other people or hire a private car with driver. The train journey takes about 10 hours to arrive Lao Cai from Hanoi. The drive also takes a full day to get in Bac Ha from Hanoi, about 8 hour drive.
Bac Ha when to hike
The best time to go trekking in Bac Ha is the dry season starting from October until April of the following year. During this time, the weather is dry and cool with little rain. In the summer time, it is quite hot with big rain. Within this time, October and April are the two best months for going on a hike in Bac Ha.
If you travel in the dry season – winter, all the itineraries are welcome. You can do either short trek, long treks, easy or challenging hikes, you always have the suitable weather. But if you travel to Bac Ha in summer we highly recommend some short day hikes are combined with a visit to local hill tribe market. Bac Ha market is open on Sunday morning, Can Cau market on Saturday, Lung Khau Nhin market on Thursday, Cao Son market on Wednesday, Coc Ly market on Tuesday. There is no market on Monday, Friday.
Bac Ha trekking tours
Bac Ha offers a wide range of hikes ranging from half day easy treks to multi-day, long treks. The most popular hike is the easy half day walk that starts right from the Bac Ha town to the H’mong village of Ban Pho. Challenging trekking tours take you to more remote hill tribes villages such as Lung Khau Nhin, Na Cap, Quan Than San …
At Hiking Vietnam, all the trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, support vehicle, accommodation, meals, food and trekking equipment. Most of the nights are spent at local homes in villages (homestay) offering a real, authentic life experience.
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