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Bac Ha Market

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Bac ha Market Nestled in the northern hills of Vietnam exists one of the best ethnic markets in all of Southeast Asia! On Sundays, the ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and hills come by foot, by motorscooter, by horse, and by water...more
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Bac Ha 330000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is beautiful, still keeps the natural aspects with colorful ethnic minorities, handicraft, specific local goods... but too much waste

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank surgeon2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing morning walking around the market looking at all of the food, arts/crafts, and animals for sale! Tip 1: I am an animal lover and it was hard to see the animals for sale especially the dogs (as they aren't only sold...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Bulldog0007
Reviewed January 10, 2019

This is a very good way to experience local culture. They sell & buy everything from clothes to animals, foods... But you should go with a local guide!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

Lovely seeing locals buying clothing, groceries, food, household items from the market. There was also a section down by the river where water buffaloes were on sale. Do be prepared though, that there is an area where dogs are sold as dog meat. If you’re...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sia65
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

If you've never been to a market before, you might enjoy your visit to Bac Ha market. It's definitely not worth the 2.5 hour drive from Sa Pa! There is nothing here that you couldn't find in Sa Pa - unless you want to buy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

No way, in hours and hours, you can see every things. From buffalos to spices, from axe heads to medicinals, from wicker backpacks to Ethnic headgear. Yes, there are tourists, yes, there are many many more Hill people who come down to shop, see and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank shine47
Reviewed December 9, 2018

I traveled for about a month, in the north of Vietnam, covering 2400 kilometers, with the bike. I arrived in Bac Ha on a Saturday and stayed in a small hotel facing the market square. The weekly market is held on Sundays. The various tribes...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank mammabetty
Reviewed November 18, 2018

We visited this Bac Ha market with Vietnam Tonkin travel team. It's very well worth, lots things to see & experience. Local people with colorful traditional dress & clothes.They sell anything event buffaloes, cows, pigs, birds...it's interesting local culture if you want to learn!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arturo_Quintanillaa
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

3 american ladies, we made sure this stop worked with our itinerary. Overnight train from Hanoi, quick breakfast, then get to market arriving around 10. Sure, some folks sniffing about tourist hoards arriving, and perhaps I was one of them, but bottom line is plenty...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 207traceyk
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Finally, one of the things to do in Vietnam and which is best enjoyed in the region of Sapa is going to one of the traditional markets. We visited Bac Ha Sunday’s market and it was a memorable experience. Men and women from around the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Rajivglobaltraveller
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November 29, 2017|
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Response from aboyer8 | Reviewed this property |
Bac Ha is small enough that most of the place in the town will be an easy walk to the market. Now, if you are looking for really nice accommodations, staying in Bac Ha may not be for you. The hotels are comfortable and... More
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May 27, 2017|
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Response from Llewellyn53 | Reviewed this property |
I always bargain hard (25% of first price) and walk away from the first shop - you can always go back if you have to. You then ask for a discount for quantity to see if there is further room for price negotiation. The price... More
February 23, 2017|
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Response from sageskye2304 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The train goes from Hanoi to Lao Cai station. That is an 8 hour over night trip. Then a van will take you to Sapa. That is another hour or longer. The trip from Sapa to BacHa is 3 hours there and 3 hours back... More