Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha was the location at which the adventure sport competition "Raid Gauloises" was held in 2002.

Bac Ha is a rural district of Lao Cai Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, one of the 54 minorities of Vietnam and of the six groups of Hmong people. It is famous for its Sunday morning market, where thousands of locals gathered, the women dressed in their very intricate handmade costumes (it takes three to five months to embroider one by hand), as well as for the Saturday morning smaller market of Can Cau, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Bắc Hà. The town is enjoying an economic boom thanks to tourism, centered on the markets and, more and more, excellent trekking in the mountains north of the town.Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha was the location at which the adventure sport competition “Raid Gauloises” was held in 2002. Bắc Hà is also famous for its Tam Hoa plums; the flowers of the tree must bloom three times before the fruits are ripe. As of 2003, the district had a population of 48,988.The district covers an area of 2,680 square kilometres (1,030 sq mi). The district capital lies at Bắc Hà.

The mountain village of Bac Ha is home to a busy and popular Sunday market. Among the products on sale here are bark from the cinnamon trees which grow in the valley and rice and maize liqueur produced by the Flower Hmong, one of the region’s ethnic minorities, whose colourful, patterned costumes are the main attraction of the market. The mountain ranges around the village offer plenty of options for spectacular excursions.


Trek Bac Ha is truly a destination of adventure and hill tribe markets. The region is really famed for its beautiful rugged karst mountain range, exotic cultures and green development. This is home to 10 Montagnard groups : the colourful Flower H’mong are the most visible, but other groups include Dzao, Giay (Nhang), Han (Hoa), Xa Fang, Lachi, Nung, Phula, Thai and Thulao.


One of Bac Ha’s main industries is the manufacture of alcoholic home brews (rice wine, cassava wine and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market. Swill some down before deciding whether to buy a buffalo or cow.

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