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Visiting Bac Ha Market on Sundays
Posted On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 by The Red River
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Crowded Bac Ha sunday market - Sapa tours
The crowded and colorful Bac Ha Sunday market
After an 8 and a half hour train ride from Hanoi, I arrived in Lao Cai. If you look at a map, Sapa is on the left side, 38km from Lao Cai, and Bac Ha is on the right side, 70km from Lao Cai. Both Sapa and Bac Ha are popular tourist destinations in northwest Vietnam. Tourists often go to Bac Ha on Sundays to see the market of the flowery H'mong ethnic minority people (different with black H'mong people in Sapa based on their dresses).

The Bac Ha market is held every Sunday from morning until 2pm. The locals bring their own products (corn wine, pigs, horses, even dogs) to this market for sale and they also buy necessary things for their families. It's not only a market, but a chance for them to meet, talk and enjoy their lives.

As I've been to Sapa (a good place for trekking tours) twice, my major interest on this trip was to see the Sunday market in Bac Ha, then I would go back to Hanoi on the same day.
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