Bac Ha Market

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Bac Ha Market
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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 buffalow for their chance to socialize, eat, drink, smoke, get a haircut, and buy produce and meat for the next week. It is a blur of colorful plaids and stripes.
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Kelly Rock
Shenzhen, China8 contributions
Immerse yourself into the local village culture!
Jan 2020
We were picked up at the train station after taking the overnight train from Hanoi. Our guide was a local village girl who did an amazing job explaining things and helping us negotiate prices from the vendors - we bought a few purses and our my 10-year old daughter bought a skirt she wore for 5 days straight! You can find EVERYTHING at the various parts of the market. I highly recommend going with a local guide for the great stories! And animal lovers (and sensitive children), go through the animal section quickly!
Written February 13, 2020
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KianHian L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,274 contributions
BAC HA SUNDAY MARKET
Oct 2019
Colourful tribes market, selling everything from farming produces to livestock such buffalo, pig, chicken not missing the dogs and puppies. A row of open air barbers line the side lane of the river to the market (behind the row of shop lots. The buffaloes market is after the bridge if you don’t mine the dang smell, just follows the dropping on the road to the main trading area. Here you can watch the negotiation going on among the farmers and the buffaloes changed owner, dealing in cash.
Written January 15, 2020
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Michael P
Chiang Rai, Thailand3,409 contributions
One of a handful of markets where livestock is still traded
Sep 2019
I've actually been to this market around fifty times. Located in Bac Ha town center it is very easy and inexpensive for budget independent travelers to reach. It is also one of a handful of markets where large livestock; buffalo, cows, and horses are still traded. Many Chinese from Yunnan come here to buy buffalo and it's not uncommon to see money-changers armed with electronic calculators and large bags of ready to buy back Chinese Yuan.

The market is also well known as a gathering place for the Flower Hmong people who live in Lao Cai and Ha Giang Provinces. For the minority people, these markets are a bit like a county fair in rural North-America. Many folks, mostly the girls and ladies, put on their best costumes for the occasion.

In addition to the Hmong, visitors will also encounter Black Tay, Tai, Kinh, Dao Ao Dai, Phu La and Nung people in full traditional clothing.

These markets in Northern Vietnam start early; around 6 a.m., peak around 10 and by noon most people are headed back to their villages, many on foot, with bamboo baskets full of rice and other basic staples. Amazing arrays of products are sold here including foodstuff such as meat, produce and rice, clothing and household goods. As many of the shoppers here are farmers a wide selection of agricultural equipment from hand and power tools to pumps and machinery is also available.

Since the market starts early in the morning and peaks before noon, many travelers opt to arrive in Bac Ha Saturday afternoon and spend at least one night. There are a number of budget hotels in the town, most of which are within a five-minute walk of the market. There are also many inexpensive home-stays in and around town, a few of which can be found in Ban Pho Village. Besides the Sunday market, there is a small Saturday night market and cultural show located near the pagoda in town. Bac Ha offers trekking opportunities to nearby villages such as Ban Pho.
Written December 28, 2019
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Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia744 contributions
Indigenous market
Dec 2018
This morning market only held on Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. you will meet minority peoples who come here to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock like buffalo, cows, goats,etc.i bought some bags here,also had a traditional snacks,i think a kind of sweet pancake.remember always ask the price first,you have to haggle with the vendors.anyway,a colorful memory here for me,cuz the indigenous peoples will wear their traditional clothes to the market.
Written November 26, 2019
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Hans B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
Don't miss it
Nov 2019 • Couples
Really nice market. Very colourful because of the women all dressed up in beautiful clothes. Come early and there won't be many tourist, that's the time to enjoy it.
Written November 17, 2019
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JimboOz
Melbourne, Australia117 contributions
Busy market packed with produce, clothing etc.
Nov 2019 • Couples
We got in early after reading advice from TA and gained what we wanted.. Much of the villager's fabric stuff can be hand-made, but with variable quality-- so examine carefully before buying. Haggling is a must, but be friendly about it.
The live animal section is disturbing- -trussed and bagged pigs, hens. Enough to turn one into a vegetarian. Locals assured us that the puppies were not being sold for eating--but as pets. Trekking around the villages confirmed that nearly every rural home had pet dogs (unspayed).
Can Cau market on Saturday was not as comprehensive. Since it was raining, it was a sea of mud. Bac Ha market floors are concrete, much cleaner.
Written November 2, 2019
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Kerry-Ann201
Reims, France12 contributions
Authentic Market
Oct 2019 • Family
This market is a very typical local market visited mostly by locals. There are some tourists here and there so visitors do not feel too much like outcasts.

Vietnamese people are very friendly and not at all aggressive. However they will try to rip tourists off, so be mindful of that.

The place is obviously outdoors and can get a bit dirty.

There are mostly food and clothes there and there is also an animal sales section. However this is not for the faints of heart as they sell young animals and also dogs 😢😭

All in all it was a nice experience though. I would recommend if you want a real Vietnamese experience.
Written October 13, 2019
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River Nguyen
Hanoi, Vietnam28 contributions
One of the most colourful markets in Asia
Jan 2019
I traveled to various parts of Vietnam but Bac Ha market is one of my favourites because here i can find and enjoy the traditional culture of ethnic groups on the mountainous areas of North Vietnam. It is only on Sunday morning traditionally where i can wander around, shop some local products, try local foods and beverages and take great photographs. Bac Ha is definitely a must go destination when travelling to North Vietnam.
Written August 10, 2019
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nicolettebarron5
4 contributions
Good experience
Jun 2019 • Couples
This local market was very good place for learning amazing culture of local people. There're lots of ethnic minorities in different clothes with colorful. Lot's of local products to sell & buy!
Written June 18, 2019
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Brett W
Gold Coast, Australia343 contributions
Amazing!
May 2019 • Family
Bac Ha’s Sunday market absolutely exceeded our expectations. It was a riot of colour and activity. We arrived relatively early (around 6:30am) and explored for hours, observing the spectacle, taking some beautiful photos and buying some hand-made cloth. I have never seen so many tribespeople in traditional garb in one place. We identified seven different ethnic minorities from their clothing throughout the course of the morning. While the beautiful outfits get most of the attention, be sure to explore the outskirts of the market, where we found all manner of livestock being sold, from water buffalo to (squealing) pigs to dogs.
Written May 27, 2019
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