Coc Ly is the colorful market in a mountainous area where the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products. The market deals in fruit, vegetable, pork and chickens, in addition to colorful fabrics and items of traditional dress. There is a buffalo sale in progress and many of these placid animals are tethered close to the market. You will find Flower Hmong, Black Dao, Nung, Giay and Tay peoples in attendance and the goods on offer range from local fruit and vegetables to livestock, handicrafts and clothes.
In the Morning: Sapa – Lao Cai – Cocly Market In the afternoon: Coc Ly market – International Border Gate(Viet Nam – China) – Lao Cai City – Sapa
In the Morning:
Check all the condition of the Motorbike and then drive to Coc Ly (95 km - from Sapa, or 60 km - from Lao Cai train station). Then follow national road No.70 traveling through the lush farm land of Lao Cai province for 42 km to Phong Nien Commune, turn left and follow provincial road No.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 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 asimple lunch at the market.
In the Afternoon:
Take a short drive to the Chay river. Stop on the way to visit Trung Do, a village of the Tay minority people. Take time to explore the farms where they grow exotic chillis and jack fruit. Longan, Papaya fruit, Mango...
Driving back to Lao Cai or Sapa in late after noon. End of the trip.
Included: Tour Guide. Automatic or Manual Motorcycle(s), spare parts and all fuel. All the meals(Vietnamese Food). All entrance fee + permits + tickets. Sapa Motorbike Tours provides support. Excluded: Personal expenses, Insurance. Drinks. Tips. All other services not indicated above.