Bac Ha Fair – The most colorful market in Vietnam

Bac Ha Market is located in Ngoc Uyen, Bac Ha, Lao Cai province. This is a region close to Sapa in the North Vietnam. Bac Ha Market is one of the most colorful markets in Vietnam, and you'll love it!


Bac Ha Market is one of the largest and best-known markets in North Vietnam. The Flower Hmong People's energy and color give the area a distinct vibrancy. Bac Ha Market is at its best early in the morning, when local minority tribes bring their livestock, wares, and rice wine to sell. Local minority groups walk a long distance to show and sell their wares. Although there are handicrafts and souvenirs for sale, the best quality products can be found in Sapa. Bac Ha Market is not really a shopping destination, but it is a great place to go if you want to people watch and soak in the energy and vibrancy of the occasion.

Tourists who travel to Bac Ha to discover Sapa will have the opportunity to admire the majestic mountains, deep chasms, beautiful stretch of road, and eye-catching terraced fields... Because of its majestic natural beauty, the journey is also ideal for those who enjoy shooting and exploring adventurous feelings. Tourists will occasionally see images of ethnic people leading their horses towards Bac Ha Market on their way to Bac Ha. They must begin their journey to the fair early, even on the previous day of the official fair.

In particular, there are always the newest and nicest ethnic clothes in all of the locals' baskets. When they approach the market, they only wear beautiful rings and silver bracelets. Shopping, in the eyes of the locals, is also synonymous with outings. The market not only serves as a place to buy, sell, and exchange goods, but it also conceals cultural and spiritual significance. It also serves as a meeting place and a venue for cultural exchanges. Overcoming 60 kilometers of alpine road, tourists will arrive at the famous Bac Ha Market, where a variety of upland products such as Shan tea, fruits, honey, wine, clothing, brocade dresses, silver jewelry, orchids, seedlings, corn, potatoes... are displayed for sale. Tourists can also easily capture images of locals in the market with their horses, cows, and pigs. Because of these distinguishing features, Bac Ha Market has become one of Sapa's most impressive attractions.


The trip to Sapa in the colorful market will not be complete unless tourists explore and enjoy the local cuisine. This is one of Bac Ha Market's distinct identities. What could be more exciting than visiting Bac Ha and enjoying "thang co" (a type of soup made with traditional horse meat) - a delectable specialty at Bac Ha Market? "Thang co" is always full in the pan, and the wine in the bottle never runs out. Furthermore, tourists should try some Mong ethnic people's alcohol in Pho village, which is actually fascinating.

When you leave the market, there is a small pagoda just outside that you can visit. It's also fun to walk up and down Bac Ha's main street—a few small produce stalls spill out onto the streets, and it's interesting to see the rest of the town. You can visit a number of small Hmong villages in the area around Bac Ha. On the way back to Lao Cai, some Bac Ha Market group tours include a visit to a specific village. 

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