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The clothes that are sold in most ethnic market in Vietnam


Ethnic markets in Vietnam are something you have to experience!


Northern Vietnam holds a number of street markets. Some of these markets are unique and very interesting. They are called ethnic markets, and they’re where residents of ethnic minorities come from villages and towns lying mainly in the mountains. Most markets start in the morning and some residents come in the early morning or even  the previous day.

Plenty of ethnic markets are held in the less accessible places. Its a very long road walking there for some residents coming from remote locations.Some arrive on horses or ponies and many on motorbikes. The largest markets are held in the towns or villages near the Chinese border in the north.

A unique opportunity for buying authentic products of minorities.


You can buy a lot of products and more in these ethnic markets. Mainly available are textiles, jewelry, decorative accessories, animals (buffalo, dogs, goats, horses …). And a chance to taste a genuine local dish for the occasion. Looking for a pony or buffalo from the mountains? You´ve got a unique opportunity at the market. In the article below there is a list of the most interesting ethnic markets and a map of places where they are held.

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Ethnic women carries a child on her back to market in Vietnam.


Some ethnic markets in Vietnam have a centuries-old history to them.


Some ethnic markets in northern Vietnam have hundreds of years of history behind them and maintain their own cultural traditions of the ethnic populations. One of these markets is the “Love market“ in Khau Vai. It’s a place where you can meet people of different ethnic groups and you can see the beginning of relationships between couples. It’s a unique opportunity to experience what seems a bit like an alien world which none of us know and have never seen before. Part of this market also includes games, entertainment and competitions.

It is important for maintaining good social relations between ethnic minorities.


The main reason for  these ethnic residents to attend the market is to earn an income. For some residents in remote areas, it is sometimes the only opportunity to earn some money. For visitors and travelers it is an opportunity to buy original products at affordable prices, and by doing so directly support the hard working poorer ethnic people.

Ethnic markets are visited by hundreds and thousands of residents.


As well as earning a living there’s another important dimension to the markets. In an area where there are 54 ethnic minorities, maintaining friendly social relations between different minorities is incredibly important. You will often see groups of men having a drink, loudly discussing women, laughing and negoitiating prices or eating in scattered groups.

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The ethnic markets are visited mostly by Hmong ethnic residents.


Authenticity, cultural traditions, establishing relationships, games and entertainment.


EEthnic markets in Vietnam are also a magnet for travelers and tourists. Lots of markets are located in the less well visited places in the north, whilst some are well known and heavily visited by tourists. Sapa market and the market in Bac Ha are examples of the more well known, mainly because of their easier availability.

The most authentic and sometimes harder to get to, take place mainly in the province of Ha Giang and Lao Cai. Ha Giang is probably the most interesting place in northern Vietnam. A place that is definitely worth a visit. Right now at this moment in time Ha Giang is a unique gem, but no doubt this will probably gradually change . The first global geopark in Vietnam is the Dong Van Karst global geopark also in Ha Giang province.

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You can buy genuine wild honey on the ethnic rmarkets.


Why you should visit these ethnic markets in Vietnam?


> Authentic atmosphere
> An opportunity to see different ethnic groups
> An opportunity to buy original products
> Tastings the food of ethnic population
> Option to purchase fresh food and fruit
> An opportunity to take interesting photos
> Somewhere it is the moment when you are “out of civilization”
> You can see some of the traditions of the ethnic population
> The roads lead over fantastic landscape to these markets

 

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The local shaman, a fortune teller and a doctor at the market in Dong Van (Ha Giang)icon-angle-double-down 


Ethnic markets in Vietnam – a list of the most interesting:


This
list of ethnic markets in Vietnam is not full. There are a lot of ethnic markets in northern Vietnam, you can see them through the traveling in the north. These ethnic markets are referred to as the most interesting, authentic and some of them the largest in the province. Most of markets begin in the early morning (eg. from 7 pm). The markets are named according to the town or village they are held.

Sin Ho – market


a small town in the province of Lai Chau (from the Lai Chau town approximately 70 km)
– Sin Ho market is held every Saturday and Sunday (Sunday is busier)
– large and less frequented by tourists, ethnic minorities – Red Dao, Hmong, Phu La, Cong
– food, household goods, textiles, but also technological equipment

Muong Hum – market


– market is held every Sunday, about 50 km north of the town of Sapa
– authentic market, which retains its culture and style
– ethnic minorities – Hmong, Ha Nhi, Phu La, Tu Di, Giay

Sapa – market


– the main and the most popular market is held on Sunday in Sapa
– more frequented by tourists, authenticity of cultural habits are a bit lost
– ethnic minorities – Hmong, Dao

Coc Ly – market


– a small village in the province of Lao Cai, about 50 km from the Lao Cai town
– market is held on Tuesday
– ethnic minorities – mainly Flower Hmong
– textiles, fashion accessories, wildlife

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The markets in Lao Cai province are often besieged by Flower Hmong.


Cao Son – market


– a small village, about 25 km north of Coc Ly market
– market is held on Wednesday
– mainly local produce – vegetables, textiles, jewelery …
– ethnic minorities – Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao

Lung Khau Ninh – market


– village is 10 km north of Cao Son market, the smaller market
– market is held on Thursday
– ethnic minorities – Black Dao, Giay, Tay, Flower Hmong

Pha Long – market


– about 70 km to the north from the town of Lao Cai, near the Chinese border
– mainly agricultural products,textiles and animals
– market is held on Saturday
– ethnic minorities – Hmong, Tay, Dung, Pa Di

Bac Ha – market


– more frequented by tourists and travelers
– market is held on Sunday
– ethnic minorities – mainly Flower Hmong
– textiles, fashion accessories, food, but also animals
– this place is also suitable for light trekking or visiting other markets

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The Sunday market in Bac Ha.


Lung Phin – market


– small Sunday market, about 10 km from the town of Bac Ha
– less frequented by tourists than market in Bac Ha
– ethnic minority – Flower Hmong

Sin Cheng – market


– small Saturday and weekend market in Lao Cai province
– less frequented by tourists than other markets in this province
– ethnic minority – Flower Hmong

Coc Pai – market


– Sunday and Saturday market in the western province of Ha Giang, a little less accessible
– ethnic minorities – Hmong, Nung, La Chi, Cao Lan
–  animals, food, textiles and other hot stuff

Muong Khuong – market


– Sunday market in Lao Cai province
– ethnic minorities – Flower Hmong, Nung
– handicraft, cattle, vegetable, traditional incense and local products

Y Ty – market


– Saturday market
– Ha Nhi ethnic minority in Bat Xat district (Lao Cai province)

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Textiles on the ethnic markets in Vietnam.


Hoang Su Phi – market


– Sunday market in the province of Ha Giang, Vinh Quang town
– ethnic minorities – Hmong, Tay, Nung, Dao, La Chi
– road to the market leads through the beautiful scenery
– practically everything (animals, food, textiles and other hot stuff)

Ha Giang town – market


– Sunday market in the center of the town of Ha Giang
– the biggest market in the town
– Red Dao, White Hmong, Tay, Nung ethnic minorities

Quan Ba – market


– Sunday market in the province of Ha Giang, Tam Son town center, Quan Ba District
– the biggest ethnic market in the area
– practically everything (animals, food, textiles and other hot stuff)
– several ethnic minorities and vietnamese residents

Yen Minh – market


– Sunday market in the center of Yen Minh
– The biggest ethnic market in the area and several ethnic minorities
– practically everything (animals, food, textiles and other hot stuff)
– some specialties: wine, agricultural products, herbs, fruits, vegetables

Mau Due – market


– Satruday+Sunday market in Yen Minh district
– Sunday is more frequented
– some specialties: wine, agricultural products, herbs, fruits, vegetables

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The province of Ha Giang held authentic ethnic markets.


Lung Phin – market


– market 35 km south of the city of Dong Van, 15 km from the town of Meo Vac
– one of the most authentic ethnic market
– 16 ethnic minorities from this area
– some specialties: mint, Lung Phin tea, dried beef, corn wine, brocades

Pho Cao – market


– market in the far north of the province of Ha Giang, Dong Van district
– market is held every day back, so if today is Sunday, next week the market will be on Saturday, then Friday …
– in the area live up to 17 ethnic minorities

Pho Bang – market


– market in the far north of the province of Ha Giang, Dong Van district, a short walk from Pho Cao
– market is held every day back, so if today is Sunday, next week the market will be on Saturday, then Friday …
– there are hundreds of years old houses in the Pho Bang village

Ma Le – market


– small market, about 10 km from the city of Dong Van, on the road to Lung Cu (northernmost place of Vietnam)
– market is held on Saturdays
– Dong Van Karst global geopark (first global geopark in Vietnam)

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Ethnic market in Dong Van.


Dong Van – market


– the largest Sunday market in the north, in the town of Dong Van
– 6.00 – 11.00 am, several ethnic minorities
– practically everything (especially cattle, food, textiles and other hot stuff)
– the opportunity to taste the local cuisine and dishes
– this area is also suitable for trekking and exploring ethnic minorities

Meo Vac – market


– similar market as the Sunday market in Dong Van
– also known as “cattle” market, people here brings buffalo, cows, goats for sale
– this area also suitable for trekking and exploring ethnic minorities, beautiful sceneries
– the road leads from Dong Van town over the spectacular Ma Pi Leng mountain pass

Khau Vai “Love market”


– most unique ethnic market in northern Vietnam, about 20 km from the town of Meo Vac
– 26th and 27th day, 3rd month of the lunar calendar – only one times per year
– the place where young people from ethnic minorities come to establish relations
– it is the dating place for ex-lovers who fell in love but could not have a marriage
– this place held cultural customs, traditions, competitions or animal games
– check out the video of the Khau Vai “Love Market”
– the same “love market” takes place also in Moc Chau
 

Map of the ethnic markets in northern Vietnam icon-angle-double-down


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