“Every smile makes you a day younger.” - Chinese Proverb

“Every smile makes you a day younger.” - Chinese Proverb

“Every smile makes you a day younger.” - Chinese Proverb


The Can Cau Market is Vietnam’s most authentic and isolated open-air market. It is held only on Saturday every week and is located about an hour drive from Bac Ha in Northeastern Vietnam and nine kilometers from the Chinese border. The market is spread out over various hillsides and features food, clothing and livestock.

If you have been following my Vietnam series you will notice all my portraits are of females.

Where are the men in this country?

If you were to spend anytime in Vietnam you will see the women doing all the menial work from running guesthouses, restaurants, shops and selling and buying at markets. It seems the men are busy drinking alcohol, gambling and working out on the farm fields (sometimes they do all three at the same time).

So it was it was to my surprise to see men at this market. They normally handle the selling and buying of livestock, I guess because they work out in the fields they have a feel for the market conditions.

I could not pass up this candid shot of this man’s toothy smile.

Hmm? Maybe he got a great deal on a couple of “little piggies that went to the market.”

This will be the last photo from my Can Cau Market series. Join me as I head to Mai Chau in Northwest Vietnam.

Check back for more of my adventures in Vietnam! One more photo in the comment section.

Happy Travels!

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