Hi - we will be catching the Friday nt traiin from Hanoi to Sapa arriving Lao Cai on Sat Morning - May 2013. We like to travel independently where possible, rather than tours and would like to visit Bac Ha Markets. Can anyone advise the best way of doing this. Are the markets open on Saturday - so that we could maybe leave our bags somewhere and visit the market before continuing to Sapa and checking into acccom for 2 nights? Or should we just make our way up to Sapa from the train Station and travel again on the Sunday to Bac Ha? We have 2 nights - 3 days in total around Sapa and wil be taking the night train back on the Monday. Also, I would consider 1 night in a homestay if anyone can provide me with a good recommendation. Are the markets the same distance from Sapa as from Lao Cai? Thanks so much for your help with our itinerary.