Bac Ha Market

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Bac Ha Market


There are several minority markets around Bac Ha  in which Bac Ha Sunday Market is the most popular spot  It is located in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province and far away about 80km from downtown Sapa, it is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives. There are many trees around Bac Ha, and in the spring the countryside is white with blossoms.

 Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. .At the fair, adventurous gastronomes can try thang co blood porridge, a popular dish of the H’Mong and other local people. The market is very crowded, local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback. Besides the usual items like pigs, cows, chickens, and ducks, the Bac Ha market sell dogs. As dogs are available as cuts of meat, they are also available live, right next to the live pigs, chickens, and other livestock.Rounding the corner and pungent fumes of alcohol accosted our senses of smell, from corn whiskey, a Bac Ha specialty. The potent moonshine is decanted by vendors from large white plastic jugs to used bottled water containers. If you doubt the ability of a vendor’s hooch to peel paint or light your senses on fire, you can try a shot for free.

Bac Ha Market, approximately 80km from Sapa , is the most colorful and biggest fair for minority groups. At the market, visitors can see colourful ethnic people such as Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering to buy and sell very lively. It is a chance to take nice photos. Nearby Bac Ha, it’s the Ban Pho village inhabited by the Flower H’mong; you can do. Other villages are also closed by Bac Ha including Trieu Cai, Na Ang and Na Hoi.

If you are foreigners and you want to visit Bac Ha market, the first thing you should do to apply Vietnam visa, take a flight to Hanoi and then take a night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. From Lao Cai, you take another 45-minute drive to Sapa; and Bac Ha is 93km away. You can choose either private transportation or sharing bus to reach Bac Ha.

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