Bac Ha Market, Bac Ha

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A flurry of color and community bursts into life every Sunday at Bac Ha Market. A bustling spectacle of North Vietnamese village culture, the market serves as the weekly meeting place for many ethnic minority groups, including the brightly dressed Flower Hmong, Phi La, and Black Dao peoples. Arrive early for an authentic taste of the market, surrounded by the sounds and smells of chickens, buffalo, and goats being traded amongst the villagers. Try your hand at bartering for some locally made handicrafts, before picking up a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls. Using our international travel planner, Bac Ha attractions like Bac Ha Market can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 30, 2017
    I see the market opened Sunday morning, but fewer tourists shop, very interesting. Feel the people's energy is bought and sold like puppy, Chick, pig, duck, tossed in jute bags or Wicker baskets.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Market is worth a trip even though very busy. Many minorities are there to see but to something beautiful to photograph you in the wrong place ... because of the fuss.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Picturesque and colourful. Do early in the morning because it is cooler and there are fewer tourists. Do not miss the animal market (on the Hill for Buffalo): lively and dominating the city. And the very typical food stands.
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  • June 7, 2017
    Bac Ha is a beautiful little town. If you have time and opportunity to drive around with motorbike, the area has lovely rice terraces and mountain view. The people are much nicer then in Sapa! This place is still not spoiled by tourism. And the prices are less. On the market you must negotiate the price. If you walk away you can arrange even third prise. ;) Enjoy the time there!
  • April 25, 2017
    Pretty commercial place. I would highly recommend the other market which is 20km away from Bac Ha and take place every Saturday. Unfortunately I cant remember the name of the place.
  • May 17, 2017
    Worth of visit if you can. With a local guide you can really improve your experience here and understand the dynamics in this market.
  • March 25, 2017
    Nice, colorful market. Attractive, especially on sunday morning, when the market is full of the local minority tribes (and the tourists, too).
  • October 19, 2016
    A great place to people watch. So much variety in food, crafts, clothing... Do yourself a favor and come to Bac Ha a night early so that you can get to the market early, before the swarms of tourists get there.

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