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.