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Bac Ha market

Bac Ha market
The main attraction in Bac Ha district is Bac Ha market. Located 70 km from Lao Cai, the frontier city with China. Taking place in each Sunday at Bac Ha district, the Bac ha market is a destination not to be missed during the adventure in high mountains in north of Vietnam.

In reality, the Bac ha market is not only reserved for business but firstly it is a place of news exchange, the meeting of ethnic groups as Flowery Hmong, Tay, Phu La ... who come each Sunday in traditional costume that makes the Bac Ha market the most multicolored in Vietnam.

Bac ha market - Special features:
On the road to go there, visitors can meet the high mountains, deep ravines and majestic rice terraces. You can stop to take pictures of natural beauty where ethnic groups will come together for the fair. Sometimes, they have to go to Bac ha market very early, they spend even the night before the beginning of the market day.

In the past, the Bac ha market happened on a hill. After, the new market was built and divided into different spaces: Plows, hoes, shovels, knives, vegetables, fruits, honey, spices...

But perhaps, the most attractive part for women, ethnic minorities and travelers is selling of jewelry, skirts, shirts, brocade, charming rattan baskets… Here, you can optionally choose products for yourself. You will be dazzled by the bright colors of the dresses of girls of ethnic groups such as: H'mong, Dao. The ornament patterns as the paintings are hand-woven, but very lively and full of color harmony.

For men, the Bac ha market or others in the high mountain, is also the opportunity to get together, after a week, in restaurants, bistros for corn alcohol consumption. Soup is always full in stoves with wine that cannot be dried up in the cups. The corn alcohol that is one of specialties of the Ban pho village is well known by the characteristic flavors. The part of the horses attracts many men from villages around, even from the plain around Hanoi.

In the animation of the fair, from somewhere, you will hear music performed by men with mouths organs to attract girls. Once at the Bac ha market, you'll immerse yourself, in particular, in new discoveries about the life and customs of local ethnic groups.

Bac ha market is one of the few places that still preserves its cultural identity. Here you can also see the goods but also jovial faces in colorful traditional clothes of the ethnic groups who come to have fun together and also with you. At the end of the day, when the market starts to end, the drunken men lying on horses conducted by women is part of the image in the minds of each visitors.

Getting there:
Bac ha market belongs to the Lao Cai province which is easily accessible by road from Lao Cai City (2 hours), Sapa (3h), Thac ba Lake (4h), the Hanoi capital (8h), Ha Giang (4 hours)...The easiest way is to take the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai where the car waits for you to Bac ha market or Sapa.

On this occasion, we offer you some walks: 1h, 1h 30, and 2h through authentic villages of flowery Hmong to plunge in their daily rife life in the beautiful landscapes of North Mountain.

If the lack of comfort doesn’t cause a problem for you (Bac Ha has only local hotels), Guide Du Vietnam suggest you a Saturday night here to enjoy the Bac ha market in Sunday in maximum.


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