Being one of tourist centers in the northwest Vietnam, Sapa is well-known not only for agreeable climate, breathtaking landscapes of terraced rice and flower fields, but also for local markets in a bustle. Among of them, Bac Ha market would be a must-do sightseeing in your perfect Sapa trekking travel. This article will give you 3 things have to do at Bac Ha market that would be some useful information for your trip. Do you think so?
What should you know about the Bac Ha market before your Sapa trekking travel?
It can say that Bac Ha Market is considered as one of the biggest and the most well-known in the northwest Vietnam. Located in Bac Ha town, 70 km from Lao Cai province, 300 km from Hanoi – only three hour driving from Sapa, you can reach directly to Bac Ha from My Dinh bus station (Hanoi) by sleeping bus or by motorbike. It’s not so cold as in Sapa, the market takes place every Sunday of week.
The best way to see the market is that you should start from Sapa at 5 AM to arrive early, avoid the tourists and see the market in full swing.
1. Go shopping
A number of things are for sales in the market, in shops and even by street-vendors such as handicrafts, brocades, souvenirs, but the best quality products can be found in Sapa. Coming to the market during your Sapa trekking travel, you not only have a chance to purchase local products, but also to admire the beauty of the girls who are in traditional skirts making brocades right in the market. Although Bac Ha market is a must-visit stopover of many tourists, it is not really a place for shopping, in facts. In addition, it is a great rendezvous for those who love to meet friendly local people, sincere sales girls. You will realize that there is almost neither bargain nor competition at the market.
2. Enjoy the local specialties – the most expected thing of many tourists in Sapa trekking travel
A perfect trip to Bac Ha market would not be complete without enjoying the local specialties. What could be more interesting if you have a chance to sample “Thắng cố” (a kind of soup with traditional horse meat) – the most delicious specialty in Bac Ha market, Bac Ha alcohol, sticky rice of the Nung Din people, etc.
These specialties which are always full in almost stalls, should not be missed of many tourists coming to the market.
3. Horseback riding and take photos
Bac Ha market is one of the rare place still retaining unique features of ancient upland fairs. There is a horse market in center of the town. Early every Sunday, hundreds of horses are sold or exchanged at the market. The prices are from 8 to 15 million ($400 – 700) a horse. Not only horses, but other species of cattle, goats, buffaloes, chickens, cows, etc. are sold. It has become a tourist attraction in Bac Ha town in particular and in Sapa in general.
These are 3 things have to do when traveling Sapa and visit Bac Ha market in Sapa trekking travel. Why not to become a local people in traditional clothes, try to ride a horse and you would get wonderful photos by yourself!!!