Muong Hum market
From Lao Cai station to North-west about 45 kms is Muong Hum market, which has preserved nearly intact its life - style, imbued with culture tradition. Muong Hum market convenes on every Sunday is a place where local people including the Giay, Dao, White H'mong and Ha Nhi meet and communicate. The town is awakening by human and horses sounds and colored by the costume worm by local people come down from mountain around. Those who live in the upper reaches of the mountains such as the Mong or Red Dao come down to sell specific products such as cardamom and mountain plants. On the day, the elderly often have heart - to - heart talks while young people are absorbed in intimate chats or fix on their wedding date. In Muong Hum, it's worth taking a sip of the local brew - here it's paddy rice brandy from the Dao village of San Lung. It's become quite a famous tipple.
Much more can speak about Muong Hum market. This peaceful mountainous area has in itself numerous traditional cultural features that are well reflected in festivals.
Upon arrival at Lao Cai railway station, you will be met up by local guide and driver then transferred to Muong Hum which is located 35km from Y Ty border. The market is open only on Sunday. Many ethnic minority come to the market to sell their homemade products including vegetables, fruits and also domestic animal. There are the Ha Nhi, the Phu La, the Tu Di, the Black Dao, the Giay, the Red Hmong. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will have lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit Muong Vi caves if weather permitting. Stretching thousand meters long, the caves are carved with beautiful stalagmite and stalactite. Then we get back on our vehicle for the journey back to Lao Cai. End tour.
Approx: 5 hours driving/ 0.5-hour walking/ 1-hour lunch
• English or French speaking guide
• All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
• All entrance fees and permits
• All needed accommodation (Hotel or homestay)
• Boat on Chay River (if any)
• All government tax
• Personal Pocket Money
• Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
• All other services not indicated above
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group and time of travel. Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.