We shall be reaching Lao Cai on a weekday (tuesday morning), for a 2-night stay.
A little bumped that we shall be missing the famous Sunday market at Bac Ha.
Thing is, our hotel is offering a free pick up from the train station to Sapa.
Was wondering if it is worth while to give that pick-up a miss, and still travel down to Bac Ha for a visit before going back to Sapa via Lao Cai later in the afternoon?
On the other hand, I've heard abit of info about the Coc Ly market on Tuedays.
How far is the journey from Lao Cai to Coc Ly? How long is an estimated trip to to go Coc Ly + a trip down Chay river, + the journey back to Sapa?
Wondering if I should arrange prior for a tour from Lao Cai (not sure of any good agencies) or just do it myself (grab a bus when i reach, bargain for a river cruise at coc ly, and grap a bus back) ?
Thanks in advance!