Visit Sin Cheng Market
- Enjoy the scenery on a drive to the Sin Cheng Commune of Si Ma Cai District.
- Experience the authentic and lively hill tribe market.
- See different ethnic communities in their traditional dress.
- Speak to the friendly local hill tribes and try to bargain for some products.
- Learn fascinating history at Baroque-style Hoang A Tuong Palace.
- Age range
- under 87 year olds
One of Vietnam’s most interesting cultural features is its diverse minority groups, many of which still use authentic farming techniques and wear traditional dress. One of the best ways to interact with the ethnic groups is to visit one of the many local markets in the region, such as Sin Cheng in the Northwest Vietnam, held every Wednesday morning. Although more effort is required to access these areas, you are rewarded with stunning vistas, colorful markets and subsistence level communities, relatively untouched by the modern world. Most tourists visit the Sin Cheng Market (also called Xin Cheng Fair Market) as part of an organized Sapa trip. And, it is best to begin from Bac Ha Town or Lao Cai Railways Station, otherwise, you should depart very early if travelling from Sapa Town.
– Sin Cheng Market is held on Wednesday morning only.
– This private tour is optional and only arranged for travelers who are on tour with Vietnam Travel.
– It is not sold for FIT as a single service due to arrangement of tour guide and transportation.
– Contact us to book this day tour to Sin Cheng Market in advance.
ItineraryDownload PDF Brochure
Detailed itinerary of Sin Cheng Market Tour
On every Wednesdays, Sin Cheng Market (100 km from Lao Cai Railways Station, or nearly 40km from Bac Ha Town) offers the opportunity to discover a colorful gathering point of many local minorities such as the Flower H'mong, Tay, Nung and Thu Lao. Early morning, you will meet up Vietnam Travel’s local guide and driver for a journey to Sin Cheng hill tribe market which located in Sin Cheng Commune - just 7 km from Si Ma Cai Town. It is a nice drive passing spectacular mountain ranges, charming rivers and terraced rice fields.
On arrival, spend a few hours to watch the market unfold as it is mainly in the morning. When the foggy dew still lingers in the trees, local minorities with baskets on their backs head to the market, some leading their buffalo or horse, some carrying a few chickens. Locals in the neighboring districts also gather for trading. Men buy horses and buffalo; kids snack in the eateries and women mostly gather in vegetables, herbs, clothes or handicrafts areas. Like all of the markets in Bac Ha, the local Flower Hmong women and girls dress up at their best costumes.
Sin Cheng Market is place for people shopping and barter their farm products. It is also the socialized place where the young people to meet and find partners, for the old to get away from life's struggles, and for men to enjoy the traditional corn whiskey with their old buddy. It is a great way to experience the daily lives and the culture of the local hill tribes. The sounds, the smell, the colors, the smiling faces... will build up the memory!
At noon, you will return to Bac Ha Town for lunch, visiting the H'mong King Palace en route. This castle was built in the early 20th century during the French colonial era.
You will be transferred to Sapa or Lao Cai station as per request.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
Expert English-speaking local guide.
(Other languages on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Service of a private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle.
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Service of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
• Service of an English speaking guide.
• Bottled drinking water and wet tissue.
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
• Tips for tour guide and driver.
• Travel insurance.