Local markets in Sapa Lao Cai
Many travelers come here to visit only the weekend market from Hanoi by tour.
Many regional markets are held around Sapa. They are excellent chances to meet many different hill tribe people. Also good place to buy their products. On the market days, many local minibuses are running from the major towns but it is common to joint to a tour organized by travel agents in Sapa...
Bac Ha market : Bac Ha market is the most famous. It is full of tourists. Many reports say that it is not longer interesting. Besides this market, you may have to pay for the whole car when they cannot find enough people. Ask at travel agents.Bac Ha : held on every Sunday ( Bac Ha matket)
Tour costs from $12, Black Tay, Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen tribes can be observed.
Muong Hum market : held on every Sunday ( private tour) Ha Nhi tribes, Tu Di, Dao Tuyen, H'Nhi, Flower Hmong, Giay tribes
Muong Khuong Market : Held on every Thursday
Coc Ly Market : Hld on every Tuesday, Black Tay, Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen tribes
Can Cau Market : on every Saturday, The Flower Hmong tribes. Very colorful market.$20/p with a group of 5 or more
Binh Lu Tam Duong Market : held on every Sunday, Red Hmong, Tay, Dzay
Cao son Market : held on sunday
Lung khau Nhin Market : Held on every Thursday Flow HMong people, Dzay...
Things to buy :
Souvenir : On weekend, many hill tribe people come down to this town for the market. It is very full with daily goods to souvenirs. You will be surrounded by old ladies from the hill tribes and forced to buy them
The Hmong flute instrument : without decoration 5,000D+, with decoration, 6,000-7,000D, bracelet cloth): 3,000D ear rings: 12,000D(large), 6,000D+(small), Dyed : small bag 8,000D+, jacket 35,000D+, trousers 30,000D+, hat 10,000D+
The Dao flute : same as bracelet cloth 10,000D+ better quality than Hmong's. Hat 25,000D+, Table cloth 50,000D+, cloth 100,000D+
The Thai sliver bracelet: 20,000D-100,000D, ear rings 10,000D+