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Xin Cheng Market Sapa

Xin Cheng Market Sapa

Xin Cheng market opens on every Wednesdays. It offers the opportunity to discover a colorful gathering point of many local minorities (Flower Hmong, Tay or Giay).

Xin Cheng market information

Xin Cheng market opens on every Wednesdays. It offers the opportunity to discover a colorful gathering point of many local minorities (Flower Hmong, Tay or Giay).
On the way to the Bac Ha market along the Chinese border, you will enjoy amazing mountain scenery, charming rivers and terraced rice fields. People from vicinities meet at the market to exchange tobacco, clothes, fruits, horses, buffaloes and many other local products. Xin Cheng is also a social gathering point for the villagers to meet and exchange the latest news.
On the way back to Sapa, you will pass by the Hmong King Palace which was built in the early 20th century during the French colonial era.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Simacai Market Sapa

Simacai Market Sapa

Hiding itself in the mountains and forest at the far end of a tough road, Si Ma Cai Market is often referred to as one of the remotest tribal market of the region and rarely visited by tourists. Every Sunday, Simacai market attracts some thousands of Flower H’mong, Zao, Phu La peoples from villages in the region come to shopping, enjoying themselves meeting friends and relatives…after hard working days. They spend most of their time at the market talking, chatting and also drinking a lot.

Si Ma Cai market information
Location: Simacai is 27km from Bac Ha, 98km from Lao Cai City and 135km from Sapa
Si Ma Cai is not as frequented as Bac Ha or Sa Pa, also located in the mountainous province, since it is nestled at the far end of a road near the border with China. Traveling there requires visitors to hold onto their hats and their seats either in a car or on a motorcycle for nearly 40 kilometers of bumpy, winding road from Bac Ha.

Mountain adventurers like to compare Si Ma Cai in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai to a shy lass with discrete charms sleeping in the mountain as the beauty of the little-known village lies in the quiet and simple daily lives of different peoples.
The name Simacai means “ horse market” in H’mong language and old peoples said that it was the biggest horse market of the region. Local people explain that Si Ma Cai means horse market or a place where horses are tied. However, Mong people like to talk about Si Ma Cai as a place for legendary horses whose steps resound on the hills and mountains of the region. Of course, there are no legendary horses in Si Ma Cai now, but visitors can hear the steps of horses pleasantly mingling with the footsteps of ethnic peoples on a long trip from the hills and mountains to the village’s central market, particularly on Sunday.
However, life is changing fast and horses are not the only purchasing objects nowadays.
The market place is simply a large ground near the recently developed town let of Simacai District with some thatched huts built to accommodate shops and food stalls. Every Sunday, Simacai market attracts some thousands of Flower H’mong, Zao, Phu La peoples from villages in the region come to shopping, enjoying themselves meeting friends and relatives…after hard working days. They spend most of their time at the market talking, chatting and also drinking a lot.
In recent years, the charms of Si Ma Cai have been awakened and have become attractive to travelers due to the flower-colored clothes of the Mong and Red Dao ethnic peoples, by the greenery of mountains and hills, and by the legends.
The quiet Si Ma Cai bustles on Sunday as Mong, Dao and other ethnic peoples arrive from different directions for a hill-tribe market. There, they buy and sell meat, vegetables, fruit, clothes and other necessities of life as well as swap fun stories after a week of hard work.
The Si Ma Cai market remains distinct to its origins since locals sell what they harvest from the forest and business is just a matter for locals, no traders bring items from Hanoi or elsewhere.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Muong Hum Market Sapa

Muong Hum Market Sapa

Muong Hum market is well-known as one of the most interesting Sunday market in Lao Cai province and possibly a good alternative trip to Bac Ha market for visitors thanks to the very large variety of the ethnic minority peoples to attend and quite easy to be distinguished through their traditional clothes.

Muong Hum market information
Muong Hum located in Bat Xat district, about 50km far from Laocai. Muong Hum Market is set on open flat land at the bottom of a large and scenic valley by a small river and surrounded by terraced rice paddies. It is often empty and quiet on the other weekday, waken up and busy on Sunday. This market is well-known as one of the most interesting Sunday market in Lao Cai province and possibly a good alternative trip to Bac Ha market for visitors thanks to the very large variety of the ethnic minority peoples to attend and quite easy to be distinguished through their traditional clothes. The flower H’mong wear thick embroidered yellow and red skirts and blouses while the

Red H’mong prefer thinner red embroidered patterns on light batik background; In contrast, the Black H’mong in dark indigo with just some decorative motive at the end of the shirt sleeves and round the neck. Red Zao and Zao Tuyen wear black trousers and shirts with fine yellow embroidery motifs and pay much attention to the decoration to their headgears including silver chains and bells. There are also many Zay, Tay and Ha Nhi people joining the market who wear less colorful clothes but no less beautiful.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Cao Son Market Sapa

Cao Son Market Sapa

Cao Son market is simply set in a fascinating nature and surrounded mountains which covered by lush plantation and terraced rice paddies and cornfields.

Cao Son market information
Location: The road trip here takes about 2 and a half hours from Lao Cai (75km) and 3 and a half hours from Sapa(115Km)
Most the participants are Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Nung, Tu Di, Pa Di ethnic form villages in the surrounding region but many come from China to add more colors to the market. Cheerful and smiling faces are everywhere at the market place and the peoples behave like close friends meeting again after long time away. It is easy to realize women from different groups through traditional costumes they wear while men’s dress are similar.
Per week for just one session meeting on Wednesday, at the market session, right from early morning, individuals or groups of ethnic minorities come to Cao Son Market.
Like some versions of other upland areas, Cao Son market is divided into several areas:

The area which sells specialties of mountain and forest here such as vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, wood ear, honey, wine, corn, rice and other household appliances, jewelry … All of them are concentrated in a zone, arranged beautifully by each item. These are sophisticated products which show skillful talent of Mongolian woman, women, and women leaves Phu Dao in planting flax, keeping fiber, weaving, dyeing and embroidering flowers their flowers.

The area, which attracts attention the most, is the area of selling the livestock and poultry such as cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, horses … Air in this area is really bustling.

Next is the area for the ethnic dishes. Here, visitors will be easily attracted by the seductive flavors from certain types of cuisine such as “thang co”- a pan mixing buffalo meat, horse meat and beef … of Mong people, slightly spicy tastes some natural wines.
Coming to Cao Son market, tourists will have the chance to enjoy interference cultures of some ethnic groups living in villages along the Chay river in Muong Khuong district. More over, a trip here to the market in combining with exploring and visiting the villages nearby is a special offer to those who dare to forget modern facilities of city life and dedicate time and energy to the discovery of the local traditional values.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha market is well-known for its naturally sub-tropical scenery. Tam Hoa plums are really a local specialty: sweet and fresh. This seems to be created by its own land, people and nature.

Bac Ha Martket Information

Location: Bac Ha Market is in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province; about 80km from downtown Sapa.
Average temperature here is 19°C and it’s not so cold as in Sa Pa. Bac Ha is specifically identified by each mount, each house and naturally-made carpet of white plum-flowers in spring. There are 14 ethnic minorities and the Mong ethnics count for 47% then the Dao, Tay, Nung, Phu La… Mountaineers take care of their horses as their properties, means of transport and close friends.
Besides plums, Bac Ha is reputed for its alcohol (made of maize). Maize is grown on high mountains, its low in productivity but high in nutrition. To make alcohol, it’s fermented with Hong My seed (the local only plant). Bac Ha alcohol is well-known due to its source of water. So it’s surely believed never to have faulted one in Bac Ha market. Visitors can see the locals selling their own alcohol without feelings to be cheated.

Brocades are for sales in the market or in shops or by street-vendors. There are hand-made or manufactured products. It takes a village-girl even half a month to make a brocade of 20cm long. Their skirts or costumes cost them long time to make. Their dresses express their patience, skills. Visitors can see the girls making brocades right in the market.
Traditional values and identities are well-maintained in the market. Such markets as Bac Ha, Coc Ly have really become rendezvous for visitors at home and abroad. There is almost no bargaining or competition here. Sales girls look quite naive, sincere. They go to the market mainly to meet people and exchange funs. Especially, there is a horse market in town-centre, each market-day there are almost 100 – 200 horses for sales or exchange.
Mong or Tay or Dao ethnics’ minority girls and boys, with their best dresses on, go to the market to relax and meet their friends. At sunset, they leave with a promise to see again.
Visitors to Bac Ha are opportune to understand the local traditions and customs, taste local specialties, meet nice people and know a land code-named: white plateau.

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Coc Ly Market Sapa

Coc Ly Market Sapa

It is the colorful market in a mountainous area where the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products.

Coc Ly Market information

Location: Tuesday market is about 35km from Bac Ha. You can get here via a fairly good road, or by road and river; hotels in Sapa and Bac Ha can organise trips. Coc ly is a small village on the Chay river inhabited by the Flower H’mong Minority people. The Flower H’mong traditionally wear a distinctive and bright coloured costume. They are a gentle, softly spoken people who live in the steep mountainous country close to the Chinese border. Because Coc Ly is more remote than Sapa, the dress and way of life is more traditional than in the large centers. The market deals in fruit, vegetable, pork and chickens, in addition to colourful fabrics and items of traditional dress. There is a buffalo sale in progress and many of these placid animals are tethered close to the market. Buffalo are still widely used in the growing process, especially in the mountainous regions. Horse are an important form of transport in the North West and a quite a few, sturdy ponies were tied to tree around the market. The horse carry a light timber frame on their back to carry produce to and from the market.

There’s no dancing or singing, but Coc Ly Market in Lao Cai Province always turns colorful and festive on Tuesdays, when ethnic people gather there to buy and sell goods, dine and drink, or just wander to enjoy the ambience of the montagnard market.
Many ethnic traders from Bac Ha and other parts of Lao Cai Province dress up in colorful costumes and bring horses, chickens, buffaloes, vegetables or whatever they can sell to the festive market in the wee hours, and will not return home until 1pm.
Certainly, what catches the eyes of visitors most are the different colors of the costumes worn by ethnic people and the handicrafts they sell at the market, about 50 kilometers from Lao Cai City in the northern province.
You can see young and old Hmong women, wearing skirts and hats with different types of embroidered flowers, crowding the market during the opening hours of Coc Ly. Scarves, clothes, decorations and other items made of tho cam (ethnic fabric) on sale also add color to the bazaar by the Chay River.
The colorful items are put on sale not just for locals but also tourists, particularly foreigners. However, you should remember to bargain when you want to buy your favorites, and the items at the booths located at the start of the path you walk on always have higher prices. Keep walking toward the end of the traditionally ethnic market until you find a real bargain.
A good idea is to stroll every corner of the once-a-week bazaar as you listen to unexpected conversations, see nice surprises and learn how ethnic people sell and buy farm produce, life’s necessities and other things.
After visiting the market, which is the most fresh and unspoiled market of the region, offering a wide range of different colorful ethnic minorities such as Flower C’mon, Black Dao, Tay , Fula, Lachi, Sandui and Nung….there will be an exciting boat cruise winding you through a breathtaking, out of this-world landscape where the mountain grow from water presenting their most hidden mysteries, including caves and tiny minority …A picnic lunch box can be prepared for your most convenience..

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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Can Cau Market Sapa

Can Cau Market Sapa

Cancau market is one of Vietnam’s most fascinating open –air market, and isolated market which takes place only on Saturday every week.

Can Cau Market Information
This is a lovely local market which still retains the local quaint and authentic

being of the main tourist route.

The areas is close to China border and in a hidden place, less visitors come here. – Horses, dogs, cat, pigs and textiles…. all on sales! This is of most  amazing market you’ve ever seen. Opportunity to takes best photos

Some other articles about Sapa Town

– To travel to Sapa by train from Hanoi on Sapa Travel website

Trek to the village and home stay with H’mong in Sapa

Minority market and trek in Sapa

H’mong Sapa and other hotels in Sapa

– Find your own way of travel or book a package tours in Sapa?

 
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