16 Mar 2021

Fair market is a familiar image of the mountainous ethnic group of Sapa. In addition, there are also Love Markets, Night Markets that are very attractive to tourists. Each market in Sapa has its own beauty, which is also an important factor to promote tourism development...

Table Contents
  • I - Top 6 fair markets in Sapa               
  • 1 - Bac Ha Market - among the most famous markets in Sapa
  • 2 - Coc Ly Market     
  • 3 - Central Market in Sapa               
  • 4 - Muong Hum Market         
  • 5 - Can Cau buffalo market - one of the mosst unique markets in Sapa     
  • 6 - Cao Son Market      
  • II - Sapa night markets               
  • III - Sapa Love market                 
Market in Sapa
Source: Nicolas Ma

Sapa is a picture of majestic mountains and forests, hiding wild beauty, mysterious but no less poetic. Upland people are friendly, rustic and hospitable. Perhaps, for that reason, Sapa is a promising destination for most tourists. 

Markets in Sapa in the uplands are only held on weekends or special holidays. There are many different types of goods for sale such as agricultural products, livestock, unique dishes...                    

I - Top 6 fair markets in Sapa               

Sapa market

Bac Ha Market - Source: Focusasiatravel

Fair markets here are now held on weekends. In the past, these markets were held every day like the lowlands, but due to the effects of war, the operating hours gradually changed to weekends, important occasions and holidays. 

Some famous fair markets that you should visit in Sapa: 

1 - Bac Ha Market - among the most famous markets in Sapa

Bac Ha Market is about 100km away from Sapa town (takes about 4 hours to move by motorbike). This fair market usually opens on Saturday and Sunday weekly, starting from early morning to 2pm. In addition to selling essential goods for daily life, this Sapa Sunday market Vietnam also has about 20 food stalls selling famous specialties of the land here such as: stewed horse's meat and offal (typical dish of ethnic people in northern Vietnam), mum, five-color sticky rice, cast cake…

2 - Coc Ly Market     

Coc Ly Market is located in Bac Ha district, about 90 km from Sapa town. As a rule, this market takes place every Tuesday. This Sapa market is not only a place to exchange goods, but also a gathering place for ethnic Mong Hoa, Black Dao, Nung,... At the same time, you can immerse yourself in the shopping space and find for yourself some suitable souvenirs such as brocade towels, brocade shirts,... In addition, the market is also a unique culinary space with specialties such as sour pho, men men, stewed horse’s meat,... 

3 - Central Market in Sapa               

Sapa Central Market is located on Luong Dinh Cua street, Sapa town. The market is held on weekends or special holidays of the year. The market often sells products made by the locals from agricultural products (livestock, cattle,...) and handicraft products (brocade fabric, wood comb,…)

Víiting Sapa market, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of the Sapa mountainous region such as Thang Co, corn wine, cat cider made by the locals in accordance with traditional recipes.

4 - Muong Hum Market         

Muong Hum Market is about 45km from Lao Cai city. The market usually takes place on Sundays, from 7am to 1pm. Muong Hum Sapa market is located in a small valley next to a stream, so you can feel the harmony between nature and people. You will see the image of horses leisurely grazing by the stream, the suspension bridge, the girls - boys in traditional costumes. There are lots of traditional dishes such as corn wine, traditional rice noodle, traditional noodle soup,...The typical flavors such as pepper, cocoon,...and unique processing methods certainly makes you extremely excited.

5 - Can Cau buffalo market - one of the mosst unique markets in Sapa     

Sapa Vietnam market

Can Cau Market - Source: Gettyimages

Can Cau buffalo market is about 120km from Sapa town. This is the most touristic market held for the purpose of buying and selling buffaloes for the locals. Can Cau buffalo market takes place every Saturday, public holidays and New Year from early morning until noon. 

Every time the Sapa markets are held, hundreds of buffaloes, carefully selected from the villages of Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai, flock to each other so that buyers can choose as they please. In addition, the market also has a number of stalls selling handicrafts, herbs, vegetables, Sapa food & specialties. 

6 - Cao Son Market      

It is about 90.9 km from Sapa town to Cao Son Market. This market in Sapa is a market for the Mong, Phu La, Dao and Han Black ethnic minorities living in Muong Khuong district. The market usually meets on Wednesdays. The market sells items such as vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, wine, jewelry, brocade,...It also has an area to sell cattle and poultry such as: buffaloes, cows, pigs, chickens, dogs, horses...The sound of animals mixed with the human sound creates an extremely crowded atmosphere. And of course, the fair is also indispensable for a booth with unique dishes such as: “Thang Co” food cooked from horse's meat and offal, aromatic wines like corn wine, Coc Ngu,...

II - Sapa night markets               

Sapa Night market

Night market food - Source: Pinterest

The night market takes place on the campus of Lao Cai Tourist Promotion and Information Center from 4pm to 10pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Coming here, you should explore the culinary area with extremely attractive dishes such as barbecue, chicken wings, quail, beef roll and fish ball…

Sapa night market location: No.02 Fansipan Street, Sapa Town 

This is a great place for young locals meeting and dating in the awesome sound of flute and trumpet. Tourists can take part in the dance of the ethnic people, chatting & having fun, shopping for local specialties and items. In particular, these goods in markets in Sapa are made by local people to sell to visitors, so the quality is very good and comfortable to use. 

III - Sapa Love market                 

Sapa Love market

Love Market - Source: Nhatlongtravel

The love market is now fixed in the square in front of the Stone Church. It is held by the Dao people every Saturday night. The origin of the fair stems from the ethnic customs of capturing wives. The love market in Sapa is a place where young men and women learn and interact with each other through singing lyrics, hum, flute or lips,...

When the night falls, it is also time for women to wear dresses to go to the market. Meanwhile, men also wear traditional brocade clothes with silver necklaces, sparkling hands, swaying love songs in the ethnic language to attract girls and giving a souvenir gift. If the girl agrees she will give him back an object for her engagement, otherwise she will run away. Visiting this night market in Sapa, you can better understand the lifestyle, customs and habits of the ethnic people in the highlands.

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Note: In order to have a truly interesting fair trip experience, you need to pay attention to the following:
- Learn carefully about the market location, opening time - closing time, date of the market and what are the characteristics of each market.
- When shopping for souvenirs, food, should bargain for reasonable prices.
- You also do not forget to enjoy the unique dishes of the ethnic people here, from which to understand more about the culinary culture and life here.
These are the most famous markets in Sapa that you need to understand before planning to come here. Finding out and promptly pocketing them will help you not be surprised when you first come to Sapa

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