Weekly Market in the North West of Vietnam


Weekly Market List

            Bac Ha, MuongKhuong Market(On Sunday – 100 Km)

            Muong Hum Market (On Sunday – 60 Km)

            Tam Duong Market (Sunday and Thursday – 80 Km)

            Can Cau Market (Saturday – 120 Km)

            Lung Khau Nhin Market (Thursday – 100 Km)

            Cao Son Market (Wednesday – 110 Km )

            Coc Ly Market (Tuesday– 100 Km)


Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable.

MuongKhuong is a distric of Lao Cai province, located 50 km from Lao Cai and 90 km from Sapa. MuongKhuong market is one of the largest and most important market of the local ethnic groups. The minorities gather here to sell, buy and trade goods such as: vegetable, cattle, brocade, farm tools, traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees…in their traditional cloths. There is a food area where you can taste the most popular specialties. In MuongKhuong, be sure to try the local rice variety called "San Kou", its light nutty slightly sweet surely charm you.

Muong Hum Market is a colorful market, situated in a small village in the mountain that you can see several different minority groups but Flower H’mong is the most popular here. The local people come here not only to buy and sell clothes, vegetable, meat, cattle but also they usually eat and drink special food and wine after a hard week working.

Tam Duong &Binh Lu Market
On the west side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the territory of Lai Chau Province, there are two regional market being set up in the two lush valley Binh Lu and Tam Duong. The ethnic minority peoples who are different from those in Sapa are Black Dzao, Dzao with coins, Red H’mong and especially the Lu and Lao, whose ancestors were believed to be originated from a tribal living in Laos. With a population as small as some four thousands inhabitants the Lu and Lao people live in some large villages including some hundred houses built on stilts near rivers and stream, cultivating wet rice, corn and beans. Every day, early morning or late in the afternoon, a large number of Red H’mong and Lu often carry their gathering from the forest including mushroom, bamboo shoot, fire wood or medicinal herbs to the market in Binh Lu township about 45km from Sapa by road.

Can Cau is a busy market which is held every Saturday. Located just below the Chinese border, it is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border.  All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.

Lung Khau Nhin Market
Taking place every Thursday, Lung KhauNhin Market is a small market hiding itself amongst the mountains and forests of the far north Vietnam about 10 km from the border with China. Although not being so big or famous among visitors as Coc Ly and Can Cau, Lung KhauNhin market, be side a normal shopping place, play an important role to spiritual life of local ethnic peoples Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Dzay, and especially to those who come from very small ethnic groups such as Pa Zi, TouZi, Tou Lao who live in small and isolated villages around this corner of the country, come for meeting, socializing...

Cao Son Marketis a small/medium sized market held every Wednesday. Set among beautiful rolling mountains this is a colorful market full of local products and handicrafts. Here you will find Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Phu La, Black Dao and Chinese traders engaged in business.

Coc Ly is a medium sized market where the local people every Tuesday from the surrounding villages come to buy and sell goods and meet friends. You will find Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Nung, Giay and Tay peoples in attendance and the goods on offer range from local fruit and vegetables to livestock, handicrafts and clothes.