Bac Ha Market – Bac Ha town – Lao Cai province

Bac Ha Market – Bac Ha town – Lao Cai province

Route
Sapa or Lao Cai —> Bac Ha —> Ban Pho —> Sapa or Lao Cai
Grade
Easy

Description/Itinerary

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 H’mong (Red H’mong), 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.  A typical itinerary for a day at Bac Ha would include:

Drive to Bac Ha (110km / 2.5 hours from Sapa, or 72km / 1.5 hours from Lao Cai).
Take time to wander around the market, enjoy the atmosphere and have fun trying out your trading skills with the friendly local people.
Have lunch in a local restaurant where a variety of foods are available for your delectation and delight. You can even try the traditional local lunch of Thang Co (horse stew) and strong corn wine!
After lunch you will be driven to Ban Pho village where you can take a short walk around the village where Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung minorities live.
Drive back to Lao Cai or Sapa.

Of course we are more than happy to try and arrange an itinerary which is tailored specifically for your needs.  For example, you may wish to visit Can Cau Market on Saturday, have a homestay with local people on Saturday night and then attend Bac Ha Market early on the Sunday morning?  Do feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.
Price

All prices are quoted in USD.

1 person 2  people 3-4 people 5-6 people
Price $175 per person $96 per person $63 per person $55 per person

Included
Tour guide, private transport, lunch, village entrance fees
Not Included
Drinks, personal travel insurance, tips

1 person 2  people 3-4 people 5-6 people
Price $175 per person $96 per person $63 per person $55 per person