For travellers who are looking for a mountainous area to trek & rub shoulder with ethnic minority people, this is where you want to be! Two highlights of my trip were:
1) Visit the Lao Chai village. I took a half day trekking trip with personalised driver & tour guide. It was wonderful experience walking through the beautiful mountain terrain & the cooling climate made the walking more bearable. My tour guide was very knowledgeable & friendly, & it was amazing that she could converse in English so well without proper education.
2) Visit to the Bac Ha Market. It is only available on Sunday and is a half day trip. You can also opt for a full day trip inclusive of buffalo cart ride and a boat ride. Bac Ha market is a marketplace where people of different ethnic group shop for commodity from embroidered clothes, farming produces, poultry, vegetable & spices, pets, animals for farming and handphones. Tourists can easily find souvenirs such as handicraft and sit down for a meal at their local food stalls.
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