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Bac Ha (Vietnam)

In itself, the town of Bac Ha doesn't really deserve a visit. It's mainly for its ethnic market and the vibrant display of traditional costumes that people come here.
If you can, stay overnight in Bac Ha on Saturday and arrive early at the market before the day tourists start to arrive.

Bac Ha Market

Every Sunday morning, thousands of members from ethnic minorities in the region gather to sell and buy fresh produce, livestock, handmade textiles, and much more. It's a unique opportunity to discover the rich culture and traditions of these fascinating communities.

Among the most represented groups are:

  • The Hmong: Recognizable by their colorful clothing and elaborate headwear, the Hmong are the majority ethnic group at the market, divided into subgroups with their own traditions and dialects.
  • The Dao: Dressed in black and wearing distinctive turbans, the Dao are renowned for their weaving and embroidery skills.
  • The Tay: The majority in the region, the Tay are known for their mastery of agriculture and their stilt houses.
  • The Nung: Inhabitants of the mountains, the Nung practice subsistence farming and are known for their unique silver jewelry.
  • The Giáy: Identifiable by their blue and black clothing, the Giáy are known for their animist culture and shamanic rituals.
In addition to these main groups, other ethnic minorities such as the Lisu, Pu Péo, and La Chí enrich the cultural diversity of the Bac Ha Market.

Good to know:
Bac Ha Market is open from 5 AM to 1 PM on Sunday mornings. It's best to arrive early to enjoy the best atmosphere and avoid the crowd. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking!
Don't miss out our Bac Ha highlights and travel guide!

Hiking around Bac Ha for unforgettable encounters

From Bac Ha to Ban Pho

This moderate hike takes you through green valleys and terraced rice fields to Ban Pho, where you will encounter the vibrant Hmong people with their colorful clothing. The picturesque landscapes and warm encounters make the experience unforgettable.

The Lung Phinh Circuit

This steep trail leads to Lung Phinh, where you will discover the Phu La people living in earthen houses and practicing traditional agriculture. The breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains are truly awe-inspiring.
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