The best markets in Sapa
The highland region in the Northwest of Vietnam is famous for spectacular landscapes, wonderful villages of the ethnic groups, the rice terraces; especially, the busy and unique markets. Let’s discover the most famous markets in this picturesque town with our Sapa Market Tours so that you will have a detailed look at the incredible culture of the locals here.
1. Sapa Market
Sapa is a must-visit destination when traveling to the Northwestern highland. Besides taking a look at the magnificent views of mountains, waterfalls or rice terraces, don’t forget to visit Sapa markets, which are also ideal suggestions for Sapa tours.
The most impressive feature of Sapa Markets is their unique brocade products in vibrant colors as well as subtle patterns of the H’Mong, Dao Do, and Giay.
On the other hand, the variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices sold here are warmly welcomed by tourists all over the world.
2. Bac Ha Market
Bac Ha Market is located in Bac Ha district of Lao Cai province, which is 70 kilometers from Sapa town. This market is considered the largest and the most colorful market in the Northwest region.
Travelers have to pass the beautiful valleys then go through tortuous paths before arriving at this market.
The ethnic people here must wake up from midnight or very early morning to prepare for their trade.
On-sale products are mostly from the highland, naming vegetables, food, spices, plow, and pick even toothpick and thread. The food in the market is fresh and nice. It is a pity if you don’t try them.
Enjoying a cup of corn wine or “thang co” hot pot are must-do things when coming to Bac Ha Market.
3. Muong Hum Market
This market is a favorite destination for those who travel to Sapa. Located in Bat Xat district, Muong Hum Market is only taken place on every Sunday. It is as busy and excited as a large party of Ha Nhi, H’Mong, Giay, Dao Do and Dao Tuyen people.
Because this market is located in a small valley with a lovely and gentle stream passing through, the scenery here is extremely spectacular and picturesque. Tourists can be easily overwhelmed with the minority groups and horses, passing the endless viaducts in the colorful and unique clothes of their community.
4. Can Cau Market
Can Cau Market is located in Can Cau Ward, Si Ma Cai District. It is only opened at weekends and usually held along the streets, right under the spectacular rice terraces.
The major traders of Can Cau Market are Mong Hoa and Giay people; however, their trading method is the same as the Dao’s.
Can Cau Market is divided into separate areas. It also provides people with a wide range of products such as vegetables, herbs, spices, utensils, and brocade products.
Besides, there are also many food stalls serving traditional dishes, which also attract a great number of locals and tourists.
5. Coc Ly Market
Coc Ly is a market of the ethnic groups, who is living in the Northwest of Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province. This market is usually located near the viaducts passing through Chay River. It is only held every Tuesday.
Coc Ly Market is also divided into many separate areas. In this market, visitors can find products and goods, which are mainly specialties of the forest as vegetables, herbs, Shiitake, Cloud ear fungus, honey, rice, utensils, necklace, ring, clothes and brocade products. All of them are displayed on the nylon canvas, placed on the ground.
However, the unique feature of this market must be the areas of trading domestic fowls and cattle such as buffalo, cow, pig, chicken, dog, horse, and cat, etc. This area is always filled with the excitement and animation of sellers, customers and visitors.
On the other hand, the area of serving the traditional food of ethnic groups is very exciting thanks to the harmonious combination of the fragrant smoke of grilled food, the sounds of people chatting and the laughing of friendly people.
6. Cao Son Market
Cao Son Market is located in Cao Son Ward, Muong Khuong District, Lao Cai Province, which is about 80 kilometers from Lao Cai City.
The main traders of Cao Son Market are the Mong, Phu La, Dao and Han Den people. Those ethnic groups majorly live in the four biggest villages of Muong Khuong District. The market is held every Wednesday.
From the early morning of every Wednesday, you can easily catch sight of people from many places coming here to trade goods and food. They usually go in groups, in pairs and sometimes go alone.
Some people wear the “gui” (a large basket) on their back; some use the horse to carry the goods while some go to Cao Son Market by motorbikes or bicycles.
The Mong and Dao girls are so charming in colorful clothes and umbrella. All of these create such a spectacular and lively image that you will never forget.
On the way to Cao Son Market, travelers are offered an opportunity to enjoy the cultural combination of ethnic groups near Chay River, Muong Khuong District. Besides, you can also enjoy a cruise on Chai River to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river bank.
We hope that through this post, you can find some useful information about beautiful places to note in your list of thing-to-do when traveling to the Northwest of Vietnam. We ensure that you will have a memorable and enjoyable time at those destinations.
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