Welcome To The Bac Ha Marktet

The Bac Ha Market sounds like an exciting place to be. Located in the Bac Ha District of Lao Cai Province in Vietnam, it is well-known for its vibrant and colorful market that takes place every Sunday.

The market is a gathering point for ethnic minority groups from the surrounding villages, such as the Flower H’mong, Tay, Nung, Phu La, and Dao people.

Scenery at Bac Ha market

As you explore the Bac Ha Market, you’ll find a wide array of goods and products on display. The market is particularly famous for its traditional textiles, embroidery, and handicrafts, including intricately designed clothing, bags, scarves, and blankets. You can also find fresh produce, local food, spices, livestock, and even medicinal herbs.

Medicinal herbs are widely available

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.

One of the highlights of visiting the Bac Ha Market is the opportunity to witness the lively trading activities and the bustling atmosphere. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the friendly locals, and try some delicious traditional dishes.

Beautiful traditional textiles for sale at Bac Ha 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.

Remember to bring Vietnamese Dong (VND) as most transactions in the market are conducted in cash. Also, be prepared to bargain with the vendors as it is customary in Vietnamese markets.

Enjoy your time at the Bac Ha Market and soak in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this vibrant gathering place! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

Bích Ngọc

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