On any northern Vietnam itineraries, Sapa which is situated in North-West Vietnam, is one of the most attractive mountain places you should not forget to visit. On a clear day, the stunning views of flabbergasting waterfalls, primitive mud-thatched villages, towering verdant ridgelines, steeply terraced rice fields and raging rivers will treat you well. Indochina travel Vietnam
The diversity in markets
Officially built as a hill station during French colonial days, Sapa used to serve as a repose from hustling and bustling Hanoi summers. These days, the biggest draw in this disintegrating hill-tribe center is weekends. Flocking from the capital to go to Sapa, most visitors desire to catch a closer glimpse into the very famous “Love Market,” a trek to lovely local hill tribe villages, or Fan Si Pan, an ascent of the highest peak in Vietnam.
Among some eight ethnic groups inhabiting in Lao Cai province including: Xa Pho, Muong, Hao, Hmong, Tay, Dao, White Thai and Giay, the Red Dao, who is easily recognized by the intricately embroidered waistcoats and coin-dangling red headdresses worn by the women, and the Hmong, who are identified by their somewhat less intricately embroidered royal blue attire are the most prominent in town.
Stretching out near the banks of a river, Can Cau Market is an obviously determined deprived area, packed with material stalls covered with thatched roofs. You can see from high above the start of a few simple settlements, many of whose people nowadays make their weekly way to the market.
By 9 o’clock in the morning, the market is accumulated to capacity bringing lively and surprising fun to most travelers. Here, you can recognize that mostly of traders are the Flower Hmong minority groups, who cannot be missed by their simply stunning colorful, meticulously stitched and layered garments as well as traditional costume of green checked headdress. Few foreigners those who do brave the excursion come either with if half-mad and on a tight budget traveling on the back of a motorbike or a small tour group in four-wheel drives, make it to Can Cau market. In the morning, a large number of Westerner are the object of intense motion – though friendly- examination. When trying to make basic conversation, you will have so much laughter. Although most of locals here are painfully shy and not accustomed to encountering foreigners, some will pleasantly allow tourists take many nice photographs of them. Vietnam travel packages
Not being the kind of place to purchase some choice gifts for the folks back home, Can Cau Market is predominately a livestock market. Beyond the fenced-in outline, you can see by the river are water buffalos, chickens and pot-bellied pigs waiting patiently to be sold. They scuff shoulders with wonderful wild horses, some of who will be taking their masters to return back to China. But you can also find some of the basics including: sacks of rice, bundles of grains, raw wool, ironware and traditional clothing sold in this market as well as several stalls selling a rather sad array of root vegetables and fresh tobacco.