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"Several tribes from the distant area come here to sell their wares. We stroll around the market and take beautiful pictures. After this we take a ride through the rice fields in a buffalo-drawn cart, a nice ending of two great days here."

The entrance to the market

          Sapa Central Market - is nowadays in a special, which is built for this. It is a modern building near the bus station. The market is still interesting and hill tribes from surrounding villages come here most days to sell handicrafts.
The Sapa Central Market trades and provides the daily necessities for local citizens. The common items on the ground floor include brocade shoes and clothes, traditional medicines, souvenirs, etc. On the first floor you will find traditional medicines, dry food, such as medicinal leaves for bathing the red Dao people, artichokes, dried bamboo shoots , etc. Behind the market is the food section with fish meat, vegetables and fruit in Sapa. There is also a dining area on the market, selling local Vietnamese food. If you feel like eating with the locals this is probably the best place!

The market is not only the center of the commodity exchange, the Sapa market is also a meeting point of ethnic minorities from Hmong, Dao and Nung. Sapa Market is a unique cultural economic activity. It is the place of exchange of many kinds of goods, local products. At the same time, this is also the opportunity for highland people for young people to meet, date and show their affection through love songs, whistles, pan flute and "dan moi "(lip lute) ... It is one of the most attractive features that attract tourists. Sapa is seemingly located in the center of villages across the region at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. This is also the intersection of the roads of villages in valleys to the north.


The Central Market is thus also the center of the exchange of goods between ethnic minorities in the region. So it is also the perfect meeting place between the highland inhabitants. It is therefore also attractive for tourists who stay in Sapa.

Inspect and buy


Sapa Market is usually held every Sunday. Those living in the remote region often have to start their journey a day in advance to be present. On Saturday evening they come to the market early to gather and sing along to the folk songs of boys and girls, who come from the Hmong and Dao villages. Together they make music with lute, flute, pan flute ... Everything seems, however, that the music brings them much closer together. They have never seen each other before. They chat together by the flickering campfire. The Sapa Market is an opportunity for the lovers, also potential couples learn more about each other. It also plays the role of “love bridge” between the minorities of the highly poetic highlands.
Particularly in the Sapa market, tourists can also buy pharmaceuticals, precious forest products and traditional products from the ethnic minorities, such as artisan brocade, especially ethnic style clothing. They also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious ethnic dishes such as "thang co" - a traditional dish made from soups and mainly horse meat, bacon, kale, chayote, corn wine, Thanh Kim rice sprout wine, forest products and pharmaceuticals such as lingzhi.

The market of Sapa

Sunset is the time when young girls and boys return to their own villages. The girls in the latest and most beautiful clothes with a beautiful pattern. The boys also take their flute and lute to blow famous folk songs and also return home.
If you go to the Sapa market, you will have the chance to discover the unique cultural features of ethnic minorities.


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