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Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

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Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

We have gotten information about a tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha on Sunday. After the market, it takes us to Ban Pho for a visit. Then, it takes us to Sapa.

Has anyone taken this trip?

My main concern is that we have to wait in Lao Cai for 2-3 hours before they leave for Bac Ha. (Our train arrives about 6 am. They don't leave til 8:30-9 am). I think they are waiting for other guests to arrive from Sapa to fill up the van. (We had the offer of a private tour but it was at least $75 per person - not worth it.)

Is there anything to do in Lao Cai for 2-3 hours?

Or, are we better off just taking a public mini-bus to Bac Ha early and spending more time in the market. Then, we'll try to find our tour group to Bac Ha to continue the tour. One company said they couldn't guarantee that we would be able to find them in Bac Ha if we went early on our own.

Has anyone been to Ban Pho?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

You could have breakfast in Lao Cai. A good place is the Pineapple Restaurant - just a block down the street from Lao Cai Ga. Lao Cai is a good size city. Another thing you could do is to take a cab over to the Chinese border and have a look around - it's quite interesting, and the Chinese city of Hekou is right there to look at across the river.

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2. Re: Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

Lao Cai city tour for around 2 hours

For about 100,000 Dong.

If the shuttle electric car is operating,they would take you to a city tour of Lao Cai for a fraction of the quoted cost.

You will spot the open canopy electric shuttle easily or ask the local to point out to you or ask the people at the cafe when you had breadfast.at Lai Cai railway station

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3. Re: Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

Hi,

I receommend you should book a private car from Lao Cai to Bac Ha market then no need to wait for long time.

The market open early then you may not visit if arrive late.

The bus do not go to Ban Ho and return Sapa but private car.

Good luck.

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4. Re: Tour from Lao Cai to Bac Ha, Ban Pho, and on to Sapa.

hi.

I agree BenzP932 with good ideal. why did you book priveat car for your trip? you can saved your time when sighseeing in the market. driver have to waiting you during the visit the market. more place you can see around the Bac Ha town. shuttel bus just from Lao Cai to Bac Ha and back , not to sapa yet .nyou just book bus Lao Cai - sapa again, can you do it ?

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