Bac Ha, Vietnam is one of those places that got pegged for one thing, and visitors tend to overlook anything else. Most famous for it’s colorful and lively Sunday Market. It’s a shame most travelers only plan to visit Bac Ha during market time.
Every Sunday the little town of Bac Ha in Northern Vietnam springs to life as the local hill tribes descend upon the city. The Market is one of the most popular in all of Vietnam, which is instantly apparent as vivid color surrounds you at every turn. The Flower Hmong, in particular, help to create one of the most dazzling displays we have seen. The market is a cornerstone of the community and plays a vital role in the lives of the locals. Droves of shoppers and merchants arrive at sunrise to trade any number of goods including animals, produce, textiles, crafts, and meat. This market is no secret, and most of the serious shoppers are done by 9 am; 10 at the latest. Buses of day-tripping tourist come from Hanoi and Sa Pa to see this spectacle, which interestingly enough start to arrive after nine. Bac Ha has more to offer than just the market, and my suggestion is to stay a few days and explore the countryside.