That was the question we asked ourselves recently when in the enviable position of being able to choose while dallying in northwest Vietnam. If you too are able to juggle your schedule and be in the area on a Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha), which should you opt ... Read more about Can Cau or Bac Ha market? .
Bac Ha, in the northeast corner of Vietnam’s Lao Cai district, is home to one of the most lively ethnic minority markets in Vietnam. Every Sunday, from the early hours, the town comes to life as hundreds of Flower Hmong flood the small ... Read more about Bac Ha market, Lao Cai .
There's no disputing that the Flower H'mong themselves constitute the main attraction in a visit to the region. Each girl or woman makes her own outfit herself, and it takes about two weeks to make every 20 centimetres of brocade. The Flower H'mong garb has a practical purpose, at least nowadays; the Flower H'mong inhabit both sides of the Chinese and Vietnamese border and are largely ... Read more about The Flower H'mong .
Can Cau Market This Saturday morning market, 19 kilometres north of Bac Ha town, is one of the most interesting and authentic, though you'll still see a lot of westerners snapping photos when the tour buses arrive between 10:00 and 11:00. It's set in a beautiful valley only about four kilometres from the Chinese border, giving it a much more remote, frontier feeling than the market in Bac Ha, ... Read more about Markets .
The more popular trips available are listed below, but you'll need to check prices as they vary dependent on number of people -- discuss your requirements with Mr Nghe who runs Green Sapa Tours, the only tour operator in town (outside of the hotels). Half-day trek to local minority village Walking trek from Bac Ha to Thai Giang Pho or Ban Pho and Na Hoi. Two days, one night Local ... Read more about Tours and treks .