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Bac Ha Market

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Bac ha Market Nestled in the northern hills of Vietnam exists one of the best ethnic markets in all of Southeast Asia! On Sundays, the ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and hills come by foot, by motorscooter, by horse, and by water...more
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Bac Ha 330000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arranged for a driver (US$95) to drive us both ways to this market on a Sunday morning. We ate breakfast at 7 am and left at 7.40 am. After coming down from Sapa, we passed through Lao Cai, a big town with the railway...More

Thank Kim025Singapore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a tour to the markets they are excellent. We visited Bac Ha market on Sunday. It is about1.5 hours from Sapa where you can meet the Flower Hmong people they look so nice in their colourful clothes. Heaps of weird food to...More

Thank 792Carol_H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived in Bac Ha from Lao Cai via public bus on Saturday afternoon. We planned to stay overnight to catch the famous Bac Ha market in full action early on Sunday morning before the tourist hoards came in from Sapa for their day trips. It...More

Thank Izi_IceCream
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This market is 1.5 hours from Sapa and as most of the reviewers agree that it is an interesting market where the Hmongs come to trade. Come only if you extra time to spend in Sapa, otherwise it is more interesting to spend time trekking...More

Thank Adeline W
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We visited Bac Ha market on Sunday. It not so far from Sapa where you can meet Flower H’mong people. They look so nice in colorful clothes. You can see a lot of buffaloes as well. Specially you could try corn wine. We were so...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Enormous Sunday market offering all types of goods— produce, housewares, meat, handicrafts, and farm animals! Amazing array of colors and sounds with tribal people in their native dress. An unforgettable experience- even in the rain!

1  Thank Lisa H
Reviewed June 3, 2018

The time to visit this market is on a Sunday. There are numerous buses running from Sapa and Lao Cai in the morning and returning in the afternoon. Plenty of stalls selling local craft which is beautiful and inexpensive. The animal section located a short...More

1  Thank Joe B
Reviewed May 22, 2018

What a great place so authentic beautiful crafts great food just loved the experience. People are friendly. Great place to take pictures. It was a lot of fun.

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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

The market itself is typical, fruit, veg, meat, household goods but the main draw is the many Hmong Flower community members from surrounding villages and hills in their colourful traditional outfits. Get there early to beat the busloads of tourists coming on a daytrip from...More

Thank JoeyPBrenner
Reviewed April 13, 2018

Seven years ago, we were delighted with the authenticity of this Sunday market, with local people selling their products and shopping for their family needs, with their hand woven colorful robes, with the horse and buffalo trading post... This year, after a rough ride from...More

2  Thank sunnynorth2018
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Shaily K
November 29, 2017|
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Response from aboyer8 | Reviewed this property |
Bac Ha is small enough that most of the place in the town will be an easy walk to the market. Now, if you are looking for really nice accommodations, staying in Bac Ha may not be for you. The hotels are comfortable and... More
Yasmin C
May 27, 2017|
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Response from imcclenaughan | Reviewed this property |
Not sure I could tell you what any price would be for any market as the price will vary with the quality and type. I can tell you that the markets offer relatively authentic local products and some very authentic. Shop... More
February 23, 2017|
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Response from Debra G | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The train goes from Hanoi to Lao Cai station. That is an 8 hour over night trip. Then a van will take you to Sapa. That is another hour or longer. The trip from Sapa to BacHa is 3 hours there and 3 hours back... More