Starts the weekend with the most exciting market in the northwest of Vietnam

Nga Do
Bac Ha market is one of the largest markets in the Northwest region of Viet Nam and is only open on Sunday. It is situated about 110km from Sapa or about 2.5 hours away by bus and is worth every second of the ride. Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minorities come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for their family. They are H’mong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas.

Arriving at Bac Ha, you will have chance to visit one of the most colourfull market in the world. At the market, do not forget to enjoy Bac Ha people’s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches… and talking to the minorities.

Those who have visited the hill tribe markets in northern mountainous region of Vietnam would never forget the special impressions of the markets in the area. Coming to a district visitors would feel the special of each market, such as the colorful brocade clothes of H’mong people in Sapa, the iron knives and agricultural tools in Cao Bang markets or the buffaloes and dogs in Si Ma Cai. 

Joining the market-goers one would feel the beauty and attractions hidden behind, it’s not prominent and sophisticated but simple and rustic. Goods at the markets are the labor and hardworking products of highland people. Furthermore, these products also reflect the “breath of life”, the traditional culture of each ethnic group, such as working tools (knives, hoes in Quang Uyen), traditional musical instruments (H’mong flutes)...

People go to market with different purposes, to buy and sell products, to meet friends...All have made a particular beauty of the hill tribe markets. Young girls wear the traditional colorful costumes with charming smiles on their faces, the H’mong boys play music and dance, many of them have become husbands and wives from the markets, they fell in love from the sounds of music and dances and the market days have become an expected time for young people.

Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable.

If you are looking for a famous place for the beautiful landscapes, cool climate and colorful markets in somewhere in Southeast Asia area, Sapa or Halong will be an ideal choice for you. Especially your trip will be better if you can join the combo Sapa Halong to enjoy the whole experience unique to Vietnam.

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