Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Coc Ly Market day tour is available on Tuesday, starting from your hotel in Sapa. Take our day trip to assist to the colorful Coc Ly market is open only on Tuesday morning. There you meet up with the Flower Hmong; Black Zao; Tay; Nung…, who go to the market in their best traditional costume not only for shopping but mainly for socializing.
Early departure from Sapa at about 07.30 am. Transfer by road downhill for 37 km to Lao Cai City, 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 tear farms near Phong Hai.
Arrive in the market place at about 09.00am, at crowded time of the market. Join local ethnic peoples for about 2 hours of the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as activities of this weekly market. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicinal herb…especially meeting smiling peoples every where. Coc Ly is also famous cattle market where local farmers from villages in the region sell and by cows, horses, water buffaloes, pigs…, and there is a large ground just beside the main market place for this activity. The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunch time.
Enjoy late lunch in a local restaurant and then take 46 km road transfer back to Lao Cai station.