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A place to learn about ethnic minority life

Our visit to Can Cau market was part of our tour in Vietnam for 2nd visit. It was a good touch to see Flower Hmong and other hill tribes gathering in the market and enjoyed their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Hoang N
Ha Noi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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Ha Noi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our visit to Can Cau market was part of our tour in Vietnam for 2nd visit. It was a good touch to see Flower Hmong and other hill tribes gathering in the market and enjoyed their fair. The market is located in the middle of the mountain, concerntrated in an opening buildings. There are some unique items to buy and... More 

2 Thank Hoang N
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Small lovely market and not touristy as Bac Ha market. The way to there a bit bumpy and tired but well worth a visit, there are lots of animal sold here. If you want to explore ethnic culture, you should visit

3 Thank Kura A
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Market is far smaller than Bac Ha market and was quite empty when i arrived around noon from Sapa. Drive was long and bumpy. My advise would be to head straight to Bac Ha market and skip this market, or spend more time in Sapa.

1 Thank Prudence_wt
Tel Aviv, Israel
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Authentic beautiful market for Saturday mornings.smaller than Bac HA but nice as well. much less tourists. if you arrive by the night train on Saturday morning, you can go there directly from the train. the market is smaller than Bac ha market (Sunday market) and it is 30 minutes drive from Bac HA village.

Thank matantrogan
Haifa, Israel
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A small ethnic market with the same products you'll find across Sapa. It's smaller than Bac Ha's Sunday market and much less touristic. Nice market to visit for a more real and traditional feeling.

Thank Omer W
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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61 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Can Cau is a rural ethnic market, simply set up on the open ground at the side of a mountain, looking down a picturesque valley about 20 km north of Bac Ha. It is every Saturday morning when hundreds of ethnic peoples mainly Flower H’mong gather to sell their farming products and buy necessities. The market’s most colorful part is... More 

6 Thank tranbaoan1972
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Quite refreshing to be ignored by market people. Women in fantastic traditional outfits buy and sell their wares. Bulls are sold, and sometimes fight. There are locals busy eating and bargaining. The amount of colour and activity is amazing. Fabulous experience.

3 Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Andy N, Guest Relations Manager at Can Cau Market, responded to this review

Dear Lovetotraveldubai! Thank you so much for your review on TA. We are looking forward to welcome you back in the future, Best Regard ! sales@vietnamtomtravel.com More 

Peyia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is the local Saturday market and yes it is only every Saturday. The colors are just amazing. You will see many different tribes here and you can buy everything from cloth, shoes, bags, flowers, there are restaurants where the locals eat but it did not look that it was for me. A bit down the hill was the buffalo... More 

2 Thank sigzag
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A place where local tribes come to sell their handicraft, food, wares and cattle. Very local and colourful. Dislike (intensely): the sight of butchered dog meat for sale but that's part of the local scene, uncensored. Dislike: the need to haggle prices to at least 50% less.

1 Thank Jac-theRiddle
Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The market is set up in a field next to the road. There are tourist souvenirs, which I don't think are totlally handmade. There are also medicinal herbs, incense, fruit, vegetables and popcorn. Of course, there is tourist taxes as our guide purchased his popcorn more cheaply than my husband. There were plenty of photographic opportunities as the traditional dress... More 

3 Thank HoneycombDreamers

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