Bac Ha is a quiet highlands town in northern Vietnam, about 120 km from Sa Pa. On Sundays, a market transforms this once peaceful place into a crowded bustling center of commerce. There are 10 different Montagnard (Hmong) ethnic groups scattered around this area of Vietnam’s northern highlands and every Sunday they come together to buy, sell and trade everything from dogs and water buffalo, to corn-made moonshine and ethnic garb.
Haven’t experienced a market quite like this one before. Tourism hasn’t yet tamed it down. It was raw, uncensored and truly beautiful.
Travel Tip: If you plan on spending some time in Sa Pa and have a flexible schedule, try arrange your departure date to land on a Sunday. This way if you catch the night train back to Hanoi, the bus can drop you off at the Lao Cai train station after the tour to Bac Ha Market. The trains usually don’t depart until after 8:00 p.m. and this gives you a busy day trip to ensure a good nights rest on the train.