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Ethnic markets

Posted by gulliverandmarc on 16/6/2012 at 09:48

Has anyone checked out the ethnic markets in Sapa and Bac Ha? Is it worthwhile going to both? Also, has anyone been to the Wednesday market in Cao Son? We read about that place in one of our guide books and wonder if it is worth going so far out of our way?

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Posted by daawgon on 16/6/2012 at 22:25

Honestly, I was a little disappointed in the Bac Ha Mkt, and as you say - it's a damn long drive from Sapa Town. Problem is that it's become rather touristy of late. Don't get me wrong though, it's still very interesting, and it does draw quite a crowd of both tourists and locals. Where else can you get an outdoor haircut in the same place you can buy a buffalo? There are so many markets in and near Sapa - no, I wouldn't do it again.

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Posted by ecotravelvn on 18/6/2012 at 22:34

Posted from within Vietnam.

If not on Sunday you can do tribe market on Saturday or Tuesday

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/6/2012 at 04:05

What is a "tribe market"???

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/6/2012 at 06:18

Anyone know what a "tribe market" is, because I am really curious.

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Posted by daawgon on 24/6/2012 at 12:54

My guess is that a Tribe Market is a smaller one put on exclusively by one ethnic group or tribe?

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/6/2012 at 05:03

As good a guess as any I suppose. We have a lot of Phu Thai minorities out where I live, and there are some villages wet of Kamcha-i where they are the majority, but their markets are just like everyone elses. Nobody refers to them as "tribe markets". Really got me wondering what that could be. We have a village market in my wife's village, but it's the same thing as any other market on a smaller scale.

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