A trip to the Northern Highland of Vietnam may not be perfect without visiting local markets here, typical of them are Sapa, Bac Ha, and Dong Van markets, opening on Sunday. They are the places where tourists could find the best local food and agriculture products. These Unique Highland market in Vietnam would surely amaze you anytime of the year because of the exclusiveness of the mountainous border areas.

Dong Van Market

The market which locates at the center of an ancient town up on Dong Van Plateau is regularly organized on Sundays. It is the place where local people come to exchange their products that they produce their self at home.

Dong van market Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Dong Van Market

Because of the far way, the people need to prepare from midnight to join the Dong Van market from the early morning. At the time that the market opens, you would be amazed at colorful festivals with many people of different ethnic groups such as Nung, Mong, Lo Lo, Dao and Pa Then. Not only do go to the market for shopping, but they also go for seeking a chance to meet one another. Men regularly come here to purchase farming tool and cattle, or enjoy wine and Thang Co. The children also come to the market to eat some ice-cream, a luxury dish that they can’t ask for on a typical day.

For visitors, whenever they take a visit to Dong Van market, they are always attracted by the beauty in the simple routine of local people, which has been a party of the life on this plateau for a long time.

Bac Ha market

Being listed in top ten of the most attractive markets in Southeast Asia, Bac Ha Market is best to visit on early Sundays morning, when visitors can see a plenty of ethnic women in colorful skirts carry their products and cattle to market. You will fell lost in the picturesque view of a lot of products such as giant cucumbers, a golden patch of peas, brightly red chillies or fresh green mustard patches.

Bac ha market Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Bac Ha market

A famous dish that you ought not to miss when having a chance to come here is Thang Co. Known as a kind of hot pot, it is cooked with bones, innards, fat and meat from a buffalo, cow or horse. Besides, you could also try some wine made from the fermentation of local leaves called “Hong my”, together with a unique dish of bean soup served with corn flour.

At the end of the market, tourists would be impressed by a group of ethnic men playing the trumpet made from dry paddy plant and bronze, called “pi le”; as well as numerous booths of pork vendors which sell corn cakes and local rice.

Vietnam Indulgence offers tourists an opportunity to explore Sapa and Bac Ha Market for weekends. If you are interested in, just book online a fascinating Sapa weekend tour in 3 days four night, or call us at the phone number we give you to tailor made your itinerary.

Love market in Sapa

Sapa is a romantic destination endowed with the fresh atmosphere. Nevertheless, apart from the beauty, visitors usually come to Sapa for its weekly market which is an essential element that pins its name on the tourism map.

love market sapa Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Love market in Sapa

Attending the love market in Sapa center, you would have a chance to see a plenty of natural products of Hoang Lien Son mountain range such as plums, wild mushrooms, orchids, hawthorn berries, pears, peaches and other fruits from O Quy Ho Rock Mountain. Tourists can also buy herbal products to bring home as presents for friends and relatives. Furthermore, you can observe local ethnic women weaving and sewing pillows and bags at cloth booths inside the market.

Particularly, joining the market at night of Saturday, you would be able to listen to the love stories from the bamboo trumpet “khen” which is performed by an ethnic man.

Visitors can combine a visit to the love market with a Sapa tour from Hanoi to gain various worthwhile and great experiences in this mountainous region.


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