5 local markets that worth a visit in Sapa


Let’s discover the most famous markets in Sapa, so that you will have a detailed look at the incredible culture of the locals in this picturesque town.

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Sapa Market

Sapa is a must-visit destination when traveling to the Northwestern highland. In addition to paying a visit to popular tourist attractions, you should not forget to visit Sapa  Market, which is also a common destination for Sapa tours. You can easily see a great number of handcrafted products made by ethnic groups at this market as well.

The most impressive feature of Sapa Market is its unique brocade products in vibrant colors, and subtle patterns of the H’Mong, Dao Do, and Giay. On the other hand, such products as fruits, vegetables, and spices are also favorite goods of tourists. It is irresistible to purchase some products as souvenirs for your friends and relatives once visiting this market.

Sapa Market (via Vietnam Travel Magazine)

Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market is located in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province, which is 70 kilometers from Sapa town. This market is regarded as the largest and the most colorful market in the Northwest region.

You have to pass the beautiful valleys, go through tortuous paths to come to this market. For the ethnic groups, they have to wake up in the early morning or the night before to carefully prepare for their trading goods in the next morning.

Bac Ha Market provides almost every products of the highland such as vegetables, foods, spices, plough, pick, and even the toothpick, and thread. The foods at this market are very special and delicious. It is a pity if you don’t try them. Drinking a cup of aromatic corn wine, or enjoying the hot “thang co” dish, etc. are must-do things when coming to Bac Ha Market.

Bac Ha Market (via WordPress.com)

Muong Hum Market

This market is a favorite destination for those who travel to Sapa. Located in Bat Xat District, Muong Hum Market only hold on Sunday every week. On Sunday, the market 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 very spectacular and picturesque. You can easily catch sight of people and horse passing the viaducts endlessly in colorful and unique clothes of their community. This image is so lively that you may want to take a beautiful photo immediately. The girls and the kids wear the most beautiful clothes, which not only impress the boys but the tourists as well.

Muong Hum Market (via Hanoi to Sapa Tours)

Can Cau Market

Can Cau Market is located in Can Cau Ward, Si Ma Cai District. This market is usually held along the streets, right under the spectacular rice terrace. The major traders of Can Cau Market are Mong Hoa and Giay people, however, the method of trading is the same as the Dao’s one. This market only opens on Saturday and Sunday every week.

Can Cau Market is divided into separate areas. It also provides you 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 lot of locals and tourists.

Coc Ly Market

Coc Ly Market (via Indochina travel packages)

Coc Ly Market 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 on Tuesday every week.

Coc Ly market is also divided into many separate areas. At this market, you can find products and goods, which are mainly specialties of the forest such 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, which is placed on the ground.

However, a unique feature of this market must be the areas for 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.

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