Cultural Travel
“Going to the field” or Long tong Festival of the Giay, Bac Ha Market, Cat Cat Village, Celebrating Victory Festival of the Nung Din, Com (young green glutinous rice) Festival of the Tay, Communal House Festival of the Tay, Going to the cave Festival of the Thai and Tay, Long Tong Festival, Sapa Market, Tet of dancing of the Dao Do, Thuong Temple Spring Festival, Worshipping Forest Festival of the Nung, Xoe Dancing Festival in Ta Chai.
Love market
Sapa is also famous for its love market, which takes place on saturday evenings. The love market of Sapa used to be the place to find a partner to get married. With the tourism, the real love market does not take place anymore. Currently you can only see a representation of the love market. Do not miss it anyway if you are staying here a saturday night.Young Red Dzao hill tribe used to come to Sapa to sing songs to the opposite sex. Girls sang the songs hidden in the dark, when a boy found them, and if they matched together, they disappeared into the forest for three days. Some of them got married after that.
Coc Ly Market
Leaving Sa Pa early Tuesday morning or picked up in Lao Cai arriving with the train from Hanoi, we drive with land cruiser to Coc Ly Market. The drive from SaPa will take us approx. 2 1/2 hour. We visit the market with all it's colourful ethnic people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen who gathers to buy and sell.
Can Cau Market
Can Cau Market is a small, but very colourful market, set in the mountains near the Chinese border.
The Flower Hmong minority is the most common here, and their colourful dresses makes is a beautiful sight.
Lung Phin market - sapa
This small market is between Can Can market and Bac Ha town, about 12km from the town. It's less busy than other markets, and is open on Sunday. It is a good place lo move onto once the tour buses arrive in Bac Ha from Sapa, and has a very real feel.If most of the mountain markets in Vietnam happen on weekend, Lung Phin is a different one which is rich local culture meaning. This is based on the date of 12 animal designations in clued Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. This market is every day of Monkey and Tiger.
Binh Lu & Tam Duong Market
Binh Lu and Tam Duong market is located on the other side of Sapa, passing the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, Viet Nam's highest mountain pass and considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country.
Bac Ha Market Travel Guide Vietnam
There are several minority markets around Bac Ha in which Bac Ha Sunday Market is the most popular spot.
In the market, you can see Flower H'mong people and other ethnic groups gathering to buy and sell items like buffaloes, pigs, horses, wine and handicrafts.
Muong Khuong market

Big market with a wide range of ethnic groups: Hmong, Dao, Nung, and merchants from other ethnic groups who come all the way from China to sell their products. Several Pa Zi women sell traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees.

Cat Cat Village
Location: Cat Cat Village is 2km from Sapa Townlet, Sapa District.
Characteristics: This is an age-old village of H'Mong ethnic group remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages.
"Going to the field" or Long tong Festival of the Giay
Time: The thin day of the first lunar month.
Place: Ta Van Commune, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: The Heaven, the Earth, the God of rice.
Characteristics: Praying for good crop festival.
Xoe Dancing Festival in Ta Chai
Time: The 15th day of the first lunar month.
Place: Ta Chai Commune, Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province.
Objects of worship: Agriculture Deity (administer of fields and gardens).
Characteristics: Xoe dancing of the Tay
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