Bac Ha Market, Vietnam

When away on holiday I posted a shot taken in Bac Ha Market in the north of Vietnam back in 2010, see “Counting the Change“. The distinctively bright clothing of the Flower Hmong people at the market got the attention of Vicki in Melbourne, Australia and she asked me to post a few more. So here is a small gallery from the Bac Ha Market, hope you enjoy.


Travelling and meeting other cultures can be so rewarding.

14 thoughts on “Bac Ha Market, Vietnam

    1. Kerri, these photos are at Bac Ha market which is where you will see the Flower Hmong (and plenty of other tribes). As it is weekly make sure you go on the right day. Bac Ha is a bit of a way from Sapa but you could stay in Lao Cai by the border crossing into China as an alternative. MM 🍀


      1. Please do.We booked our whole trip on the net and stayed 2 nights in Sapa and 2 doing a trek in the Sapa region. On the day we went to Bac Ha we caught a train back to Hanoi from Lao Cai. Sapa itself has a lovely location but is a bit touristy. I imagine Sa Pa used to be like Bac Ha – apparently accommodation in Bac Ha is none too good.


  1. Thank you, MM, for these beautiful shots. When photography is done well (i.e.: yours), I feel like I am actually transported to the country you showcase. The people, colors, foods, environment – my thanks…


  2. Amazing. So colourful & cheerful.
    I love the photos, especially the one of the 3 women sitting on the bench.

    For some obscure reason, I never imagined the Vietnamese wearing such colourful attire. Must be a sort of national dress of the Northerners.

    Thanks for sharing, MM.


  3. Very colourful…..Never been to Vietnam, but have been to the Philippines, (about 6 years ago), with a friend from there and spent 10 days seeing the real culture of another world. It was amazing!! They took me and my daughter into their homes and hearts and they are now my Filly Family 🙂


    1. The best way to see a foreign land has to be through friends living there and the local population. Never been to the Philippines, well not yet anyway. Will look to post a further image of cooking in a local house soon. MM 🍀


      1. Exactly! It is especially true if you are less than fluent in the language of the country but the friends living there are. That helps reduce cultural shock, and allows you to enjoy the new adventures all the more. Of course, if you have some proficiency in the language of the country or one that local people might understand, that’s fun, too. Using your language skills to get directions, order meals, etc. helps build on those skills, gain confidence in “little things” like grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.


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