Can Cau Market
Can Cau Market
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La Beauté Sa Pa
Lao Cai Province, Vietnam6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Can Cau Market is situated in Can Cau Commune, Si Ma Cai District, Lao Cai Province. Approximately 100km to the north-east of Lao Cai’s centre, Can Cau Market still be it as it may, not being commercialized or modernized, but it originated from the lifestyle of residents here in hundreds of years before now and then.. This helps maintain its own ethnic character and exclusive perspective, posing such strangely unforgettable feelings and memories to any visitors who come here for their first time.
Traditionally, the fair is organized by the Mong and the Giay people yet operated the same as the Dao people’s business structure. No matter if it’s a holiday or harsh weather condition, Can Cau Market regularly open on every Saturday morning in every week.

Can Cau Market covers an area of more than 1 hectare. It is divided into two particular areas of Can Cau Market: the local product area and the cattle area. All kinds of goods are presented in their most fresh and wholesome condition.
Written June 28, 2022
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had read about this traditional market which takes place in Can Cau every Saturday and made sure that we arrived early to be able to see the various ethnic tribes people arriving from the outlying area to attend. The majority of the women still wear traditional colourful outfits and provide photographers with many opportunities for good shots. Although very busy there are far fewer foreign tourists than at the markets in Bac Ha and Sa Pa. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience
Written June 30, 2023
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Tran Bao An
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
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 clothes section with shirts, blouses, skirts…or parts of the traditional costumes with embroidery patterns in different motifs lying on dark batik background but may be the most interesting section is the tobacco and wine section when buyers are allowed to taste the product before buying and many men get too drunk to buy anything more!
In the perfect light of the early morning, It is not only the colorful market and the peoples but also the beautiful surrounding nature make the visit here an unforgettable trip, especially for nature lovers and photo hunters.
Written March 27, 2015
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Barbara F
London, UK35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Can Cau was the only market that we could visit during our stay in Sapa and it was a disappointment not in itself but for the tour that was organised for us. We booked with Sapa O'Chau, which seems to be a ethically run company but it is also a very disorganised one.
- when we arrived in Sapa, nobody apparently knew about our booking of this trip.
- the departure at 7:30 is clearly too late. We arrived in Can Cau at around 11, when many stalls were already closed and people were leaving. Had we known that, we would have left earlier.
- our guide had not been instructed on our tour, so, after the market and the lunch, he was to bring us directly to the train station and he had to call the office to know what to do next.
- the lunch was not as described on the website. We should have tasted bufallo meat, as advertised on your website, but a very poor lunch in a mediocre restaurant.
- the supposed trekking was a 5-minute walk in a deserted village where we did not meet anybody a part from a man making wine. Nobody explained to us the process or gave us any introduction about te villages. We were supposed to visit Flower Hmong, Tay, and Nung minorities (and this was one of the reasons why we decided to spend considerably more money to book this tour compared to other tours offered by other tour operators) but we did not see them. IN particular, the website advertise the visit to the house of Mr. Ho, a man of performs traditional music, danc and story telling, but we did not do that as well.
In conclusion, the trip was very disappointing and did not meet our expectations and te description on the Sapa O'Chau website. In this conditions, better to rent a car with a driver and go without a guide. You will save a lot of money and will enjoy the experience.
Written April 17, 2018
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Ali Khataw
Austin, TX74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
I and my wife made a adventurous trip Sapa, where we utilized motorbikes to tour the area. Our guides were driving the bikes and we were riding as passengers. We had an early arrival in Lao Cai via the train Sapa Express. Met up our guide at the station and proceeded with our acclaimed weekend photo adventure in Bac Ha, Lao Cai province. We traveled by motorbike into the mountains to visit Can Cau & Bac Ha Market, staying at a traditional homestay with a H’mong family. Both Can Cau and Bac Ha markets are very well known in the area for its colors and local hill tribe people.

The Market is an experience and it is worthwhile to spend three to four hours exploring the different tribes selling fabrics, artifacts, utensels and food. Great venue if you are a documentary photographer. Highly reccomend this venue!
Written January 16, 2016
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Kura A
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
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
Written June 22, 2015
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TruthTrvls
Abbotsford, BC53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
The drive up the mountain was beautiful, I do have to say, but the market itself was very lackluster and we were so disappointed that we wasted a day going here. It takes hours by car to see a market that is exactly the same as any other market. Some say that this market is more authentic than the rest, but to be honest they sold all the same Chinese made items that every other market carries in the area, prices aren't any better and there were more tourists than locals. It was smoking hot and when walking around under the tents there was so much smoke from all the food that it was unbearable to breathe. We were all SO surprised that this market was very highly rated. Our whole group agreed that it was a waste of a good day in Sapa. If you head to the center of downtown Sapa on a Friday and Saturday night you will see all the locals out with their goods and more color than a kaleidoscope (once again it's all the same items for sale everywhere). You will also find the locals dancing in the main center and all kinds of things to photograph - seriously don't waste your valuable days on this market, go for a hike instead.
Written May 2, 2016
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DivinaSan
Belgium158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
This market is on some distance from Bak Ha but it is more than worth to do the extra kilometers. A lot of locals, etnic people , from the Zay I think, are visiting this market to sell or to buy. Here you do not find that many tourists as in Bak Ha and it is amazing!!. Do not hesitate if you have doubts, you will not complain! This market is on Saterday morning and it is easy to go by motorbike or by car.
Just so beautifull with beautifull people ! Do not miss this! Our hotelmanager from the Ngan Nga hotel organised our tour! I am really so greatfull to him for this!

Written December 14, 2015
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p4sta
London, UK159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
It takes a while to get to this market from Sapa and via Lao Chi right on the Chinese border. The journey was around 3 hours and you get dropped off a short walk from the market. we had a driver and a guide. The market itself was very colourful and busy with local north Vietnamese tribes people and Chinese. The road was full of people, cars, lorries and bikes all trying to get somewhere and not moving fast. If you don't like to see animals in discomfort you may wish to avoid this market. The ethnic tribes people's outfits are wonderful to see. When we were there, few European tourists were at the market. Maybe because it's along way to go to a market. But if in this region in Vietnam then may aw well go.
Written March 30, 2018
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JetHopper 71
Melbourne, Australia452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Held every Saturday this market has so much to offer in the way of local ethnic tribes and traditions.
Great photo opportunities and a chance to immerse yourself in the local cultures..
The Hmong people are truly amazing in the way they go about their daily lives and you have a chance to experience this first hand....
Go easy on the rice wine or corn wine if you want to stay upright.
Local fruits and foods can be tasted , but the highlight for me is the surroundings and the locals..
be sure to ask if you want photos as it can be very overwhelming for some..
Written November 3, 2017
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