Sapa is situated in the country’s northwest at an altitude of 1,600 meters. In the early 20th century the French took advantage of Sapa’s cool climate, developing it into a summer retreat from the heat and humidity of Hanoi. Sapa town is reached via a winding 40 km road from the town of Lao Cai. The drive provides a taste of what is to come as the road winds its way up through lush rice-terraced valleys and breath-taking scenery passing several different minority villages along the way. These tribes can all be seen at the weekend market in Sapa town to trade with one another. It is a staging point for trekking in the nearby valleys and for climbing Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak.
The Sunday market at Bac Ha draws different minority groups from all around the region to trade buffaloes and horses, among other goods. The market is a particularly colorful one, due to the many Flower H’mong, who are traditionally the most elaborately and colorfully dressed of the different minority groups.
People of the Tay and Phu La ethnicities may also be seen here, as well as many others.
Indochina’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan reaches to 3143 meters and only 9 km from Sapa town. Climbing to its summit is one of Asia’s most challenging adventures.
The trek takes visitors through tiny remote villages and areas of rainforest.
The hill-tribe people in this area of Vietnam wear colorful traditional dress as a matter of daily routine and all follow their traditional agricultural way of life which has remained unchanged for centuries.
The various ethnic people are relatively easy to identify due to their attire.
Can Cau Market hold on every Saturday from 6hours until midday.
Can Cau Market is held every Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until midday.Can cau market is 30 minutes from Bac Ha (22km), nearly 3 hours from Lao Cai (90km) and about 4 hours from Sapa (Aprox 130km).
Can Cau Market is a small, but very colorful market. It is the place where you can encounter Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities in colorful costumes. The Flower Hmong minority is the most common here, and their colorful dresses make is a beautiful sight.
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