Sapa is always famous with the weekly market where tourist can take a step closer to the slow life of the resident. If one is supposed to do an unforgetable journey by visiting a colorful market such as Sapa market, Bac Ha market, Coc Ly market… Then come by Lung Khau Nhin market too which is a nice place for you to complete your cultral discovery.
Unlike the majority of weekly market, Lung Khau Nhin hold every Thusday instead of Sunday. This little small market is in reality one of the most well-known ancient market of the mountainous region Sapa and even the whole northwestern region. Thus, the magnetic traits of Lung Khau Nhin market is its authentic beauty through the changes of lifes and time passing.
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From far away, Lung Khau Nhin market looks like a retail place with its rustic appearance. But from the very first sight, people have to admit that they are impressed by the vivid color of the market in contrary to the vast forest and the extremely blue sky. Around the main way leading to the market, people sale a wide range fruits, fresh and attractive.
As others weekly market, the highlight as well as the most eye-catching spot is always many stands of traditional fabric, the proud and amazing art of ethnic peoples. The vendors hang on the string their beautiful handicraft with child clothes, dresses, and bag… which bright up the whole corner of the small market. There are even ordinary clothes imported from China but people prefer the high quality handmade product, somehow the haute couture of the remote land.
Especially, it’s easy to see people lead their hand-carried piglets by a small string. These lovely animals is absolutely cute and enthusiastic to running around and around. People don’t use scale to weigh the piglet but just estimate and give price about 400.000 to 1 million Vietnam dong a pig. In fact, this area attract many tourist who come look at their exotic trading activity and the very small black pigs.
In no doubt, food area will attract tourists most with a lot of delicious specialties like thang co, sour pho… because the ethnic peoples don’t use much spices so there are many spice jar available on the table such as salt, chilli, fish sauce… a bowl of flavorful noodle accompanied with homemade wine, a hot dish of rolled cake with a lot of aroma leaves…
If tourist and foreigner are attracted by the diversity of local specialties, the residents are drunk for the typical flavor of many dessert originating from the plain of Northwestern country. Tribal women are far addicted to the sweetness and fragrance taste of “che”. Just look at their smiley and satisfying face, you will be eager to try a taste right at the moment.
Furthermore, the closer to get the more you can feel the lively and energetic rhythm of trading activities. Under the blue awning, people sale everything in Lung Khau Nhin market from fresh ingredients to kitchen objects. The vendors are commonly women who bring their little children on their back. A child are eating sugar cane, another one are looking around to admire the hustling bustling life, some are just sleeping silently, thank for the comfortable warm from mother’s back.