Bac Ha, Flower Hmong woman and baby

Bac Ha, Flower Hmong woman and baby

Bac Ha, Flower Hmong woman and baby

Taken by Wi on an All Points East tour of Northern Laos and Vietnam

Taken on: 20th February, 2011. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Mark Chiang Mai's page of Flickr

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It's something of a shame that few tourists venture beyond Sapa, because to the east of Lao Cai city lies the other half of the province. The ground soars upwards again to the peaks of the Chay River Massif, where the town of Bac Ha is to be found, 66 kilometres by road.

Bac Ha, at 700 metres above sea level, is a 'little Sapa', and while it's much less developed for tourism, it's in an ideal location for off-the-beaten-track treks to visit colourful weekly markets. The Can Cau and Bac Ha markets in particular feature local scenes that have been going on every week for generations, where cattle, horses, goats and dogs are bought and sold, as well as many traditional goods like saddles plus elaborate textiles, handbags and other trinkets made by the local tribespeople, the Flower Hmong. Their intricately woven daily costume is one of the main drawing points in itself. This is an incredibly beautiful part of Vietnam.

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