Major Classic Destinatinons : Bac Ha - VietNam

Nestled in the northern hills of Vietnam exists one of the best ethnic markets in all of Southeast Asia. Just 50km from Sapa, Bac Ha makes a good base to explore the northern highlands and hill tribal village. The town has a certain charm, unhurried and friendly atmosphere which is very different to Sapa. There are 11 hill-tribe groups that live around Bac Ha: the colourful Flower H’mong are the most visible, but other groups include Dzao, Giay (Nhang), Han (Hoa), Xa Fang, Lachi, Nung, Phula, Tay, Thai and Thulao.

This Sunday market is a riot of colour and commerce, and while the influx of day trippers from Sapa is changing things fast, it’s still a worthwhile and relatively accessible place to visit. The ethnic minorities from surrounding villages and hills come by foot, by motorscooter, by horse, and by water buffalo to meet, drink alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The ruou corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite. There’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market.


Off beaten track activities in - Bac Ha - VietNam

Bac Ha ethnic market

Bac Ha hosts the biggest ethnic market near Sapa. For travellers, this sunday market is the best place to pick up the perfect handicraft souvenirs and to experience the interesting local way of life. Local people go to the market not only for trading, but mainly for socializing, especially for young boys and girls, creating a colorful and vibrant picture of life.

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Hiking in Bac Ha

Situated 80km away from Sapa downtown, Bac Ha makes an ideal destination for a delightful hike. Magnificent sceneries abound in every direction with mountains and hills hovered in the early morning midst soon revealed by crystal sunshine. The colorful Bac Ha ethnic market is also a key appeal.

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Homestay in Bac Ha

Located 27 km east of Lao Cai, Bac Ha is a very interesting place to enjoy a cozy home stay. Very calm during the week, it totally changes at weekend when the roads are filled up with people coming to the Sunday market for trade. The scenery bursts with color and vibrancy.

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