Hill tribe Flower HMong people Bac Ha market Vietnam
The hill tribe Flower HMong people gather every Sunday at Bac Ha market in Northern Vietnam.
Bac Ha market is located in the northern hills of Vietnam near the town of Sapa (or Sa Pa) in Lao Cai Province.
Visiting Bac Ha market is a great experience. The first thing you notice is the brightly contrasting colours of the Flower HMong ethnic group dresses.
They come from their small hilly villages to this market for their weekly shopping. There is fresh grocery and fresh meat, handicrafts and clothes. The boys can get a haircut, children can get ice cream. It is a routinely festive occasion. It is their way of socializing, men can also have a smoke with bamboo pipes at tobacco stalls.
My favourite area of the market is where they sell buffaloes. At first, it was a surprise because, to be honest, I was expecting to see horses. A while back I did some research on Bac Ha market on Internet and I saw a lot of photos of horses. Anyway, seeing all these buffaloes in one place was a delightful experience, though the smell wasn’t.
Another interesting and smelly encounter of Bac Ha is the meat market, which is not suitable for vegetarian people. :>) There is blood everywhere, a lot of it on the counters, stands, boards and on the floor.
Following there is a small collection of photos that I hope you may like.
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If you happen to visit Northern Vietnam do go visit Bac Ha Market, I highly recommend it.
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