The highland region in the Northwest of Vietnam is famous for spectacular landscape, wonderful villages of the ethnic groups, the rice terrace, and especially, the busy and unique markets. Let’s discover the most famous markets in this picturesque town, so that you will have a detailed look at the incredible culture of the locals here.
And Sapa is a must-visit destination when traveling to the Northwestern highland. In addition to paying a visit to popular tourist attractions, you should not forget to visit Sapa Market, which is also a common destination for Sapa tours. You can easily see a great number of handcrafted products made by ethnic groups at this market as well.
Here is some information on famous market days in Sapa that tourists know:
Tuesdays with Coc Ly Market. 5 minutes drive (1.3km) from central Sapa to Coc Ly Market.
Beautiful warm atmosphere with local hill tribes such as the Nung, Tay, Black Zao and Flower Hmong. Great place to buy traditional costumes and to learn more about the local culture.
Wednesdays with Sin Cheng Market.
Lovely small market in the Si Ma Cai district. Meet the people of the White H’Mong, Flower H’Mong, Giay, tay and Black Dao. Beautiful traditional costumes are being sold. Sometimes the market can be hard to reach due to road conditions.
Thursdays with Lung Khau Nhin.
This market is located high in the mountains of the Tram Ton pass. Various small tribes such as the H’Mong, White Tai and Tai Lu are gathering to sell their products.
Saturdays has Can Cau Market.
This market is located only 7 kilometers from the Chinese border, and just like the other markets, a fascinating and authentic experience. This market held on every Saturday by The Flower Hmong tribes.
Sunday has Bac Ha Market, Muong Hum Market & Sapa Love Market.
About 76 kilometres from Lao Cai, Bac Ha Market is held on every Sunday from the early morning to 2PM. It is held on every Sunday by Black Tay, Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen tribes.
This is the most famous and biggest market of Sapa. Visit Bac Ha Market, you can buy several products, such as handicrafts, traditional costumes and food. Various tribes are gathering at this market.
Muong Hum Market : This market is one of the least touristic markets in Sapa. It is located in the area of Ban Seo, which is still mostly undiscovered by tourists, giving you an authentic experience of the local hill tribe culture.
Sapa Love Market: located right in the heart of Sapa Town, it is held once every Sunday from the early morning till the late afternoon and is famous not only for the crowded trading, but also for people to socialize, make friends or find a date.
And for more details of regional markets and Sapa’s attractions, please refer to the link below: Sapa Market Tours.