Come to Bac Ha (Lao Cai) on sunday, tourists can enjoy local specialties such as Thang co, Pho chua (sour noudle soup), Men men … as well as visit the dog market or buy handicraft as souvenirs.
From 7am everyone already opened their food stall all around the corner of Bac Ha Market. When entering the main entrance visitors will meet the cake and snack sold on both sides of the road as well as in the market. All kinds of snacks in Bac Ha market are priced less than 5,000 VND.
Enjoy Thang co
Thang co is one of the famous specialties not only in Bac Ha but also the North West. The hot giant pan with the unique flavor is located in a corner of Bac Ha market, which is attractive enough to be a symbol in this highland market, especially on cold winter days. One bowl of Thang co is worth about 30,000 VND.
Breakfast with sour Pho
Another popular delicacy of Bac Ha people is sour noodle soup. The food area of this weekend fair also has a lot of noodle shops. A sour noodle bowl full of meat, pickles, herbs, and peppers… is no doubt a perfect recipe to start a day. One bowl of pho is 20,000 VND.
Buy wild orchids
At the market gate is an ideal place for all fan of wild orchids with many different types. Each orchid there is only from a few dozen to 100,000 VND.
Buy herbs, precious medicinal plants
Medicinal plants such as Flowery knotweed, Panax pseudo-ginseng … are harvested by local residents from all over the region and sold in this event, so tourists can buy as gifts for friends and family.
Chat, take pictures with natives
This is the only chance for tribal women to go shopping and to get dressed up as well as to sell merchandise. Both domestic and foreign tourists are interested in learning life, culture as well as having the opportunity to photograph and interact with native people.
Buy souvenirs made from local textile
Handmade fabric of Bac Ha people can make not only make beautiful clothes for daily life but also many souvenir to meet the needs of visitors. Bac Ha Market has a large area dedicated to the products made from this special fabric, so visitors need to pay attention to not encounter fake product in poor quality.
Enjoy the corn wine
One of the most famous drinks of the North West is corn wine Ban Pho – a specialty of Hmong people and Dao people in Bac Ha. The wine selling area is located right next to the entrance to handicraft area. Although not interested in this drink, you also feel lightly boozy when passing there once you smell the aroma of wine yeast.
Visite the cattle and poultry market
This area is located at the end of the market, on a high hill separated from handicraft area, food or fresh ingredients. You can see people trading from dogs, chickens, pigs to cattle … The point of selling dogs is often crowded because there are many other local people from far away coming to buy pets.
According to Huong Chi