The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the special meeting places of the locals, who, in their new colorful traditionally costumes, present not only for selling their farming products and purchasing things for their essential needs but also for their habit of socialization. Each market, like a fire, ignite its surrounding immense green mountainous area once a week with colors and human warmth by the local hill tribes.
If you are interested in a bigger market than the local market in Sapa, it is possible to arrange that as well. Most of the bigger markets are about 3-4 hours of drive away from Topas Ecolodge. We suggest combining a market trip with your arrival or departure day of the night train, as you will spend less time on transport that way.
If you are interested in market tours we have a special 3 days package that you may like. It includes a stay at Topas Ecolodge and a market tour.
We recommend the following market tours:
Coc Ly Market on Tuesdays
This is a unique market taken place only on Tuesday. Coc Ly is a very small market where you can meet several ethnic minorities such as the Flower H’mong, Black Dao, Phu La, Nung and Tay. The trip offers you a one-way motor boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority.
Can Cau Market on Saturdays
This is a unique market taken place only on Saturdays. Can Cau is a small but very colorful market. Here you can meet several ethnic minorities such as the Flower H’mong, Nung, Phu La as well as the Chinese people. The trip offers you a boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority.
Bac Ha Market on Sundays
Bac Ha is the largest Sunday Market as well as the most colorful one in the area. Here you can meet mostly the Flower H’mong and then the Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities. The market offers a variety of local products, which could not be found in other areas. The animal market will be also very interesting. On this trip, you will also have opportunity to enjoy a boat cruise in Chay River.
Further we can arrange tour to other markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.