Bac Ha Sapa Market / The Most Colourful Vietnam Market

Bac Ha market takes place on weekly Sunday. From early morning, people from different directions in their colorful traditional dresses traveling by horses, motobikes, public buses or walking to the market center in Bac Ha town

Bac Ha market information

The market of Bac Ha is considered as the biggest one in the highlands where many different ethnic groups such as Flower H'mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products that are rarely found elsewhere. It is not simply a place for buy and sell but also an opportunity for people from different ethnicities to come and meet, for relatives to reunite after a long time missing, for women to demonstrate their beautiful handmade traditional costumes and even for youngsters to find their dates

 To reach the market, many ethnic vendors have to walk a long distance passing mountains and hills.Yet the distance has never discouraged them from joining the Sunday colorful market. This market is undoubtedly the most colorful of all the region and less frequented by tourists than the Sapa market.

How to get to Bac Ha market?

It is easy to join in a Sapa Tour in 2 days or 3 days on weekends by private car or by an overnight train to Lao Cai, then to attend this market on early Sunday morning, its surrounding villages in Bac Ha and to Sapa with intersting trekking routes to remote villages of ethnic tribes in Muong Hoa valley!

The typical product sections in Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha market covers a bigger area than any other minority market in Vietnam and is divided into different zones, each of them specializes on selling different types of products.It is interesting to make a nice walking around watching exotic exhibition of local products, view local ethnic groups in their colourful tradditional dresses or buying local goods of the regions.Those are 7 typical sections you shoud spend time exploring in the market.

• The market area specializing in textile, fabrics and materials for making ethnic costumes

• Grocery market

• Area of horse selling

• Market of farm animals (chickens, hens, pigs, buffaloes, etc...)

• Restaurant area (open-section restaurants of different local dishes )

• Market of birds

• Crafts and forging market

If you want to see the market at its best, visit it before 9 am when there is not full of tourists. Wander around the market, try some local specialties, buy some souvenirs and don’t forget to take the best pictures. It is so spectacular and offers you an authentic picturesque of the ethnic minorities life


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