Can Cau Market

Can Cau Market

Some of the most rewarding and memorable moments you will have during your time in Vietnam will occur while visiting local ethnic markets. Markets differ greatly across Vietnam, from the water markets of the Mekong to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi's old quarter, but nowhere are they as diverse, nor as interesting, as they are in the mountains of Northwest Vietnam. Here, we will explore one of the most colorful markets in Sapa - Can Cau.

Location of Can Cau market

Can Cau market is located in Can Cau commune, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province; nearly 100km to the northeast of Lao Cai city, about 30km north of Bac Ha town, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province.

Can Cau market belongs to a commune, Lao Cai district. Visitors have not only the opportunities to be aware of fair but also a chance to learn more about the daily life of people. From Lao Cai province, along the national road 4D, visitors will come to Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province.

Through the town of Bac Ha, tourists will come to the Can Cau fair. From a distance, the fair of Can Cau is very beautiful and vivid. The fair has a meeting along roadside 153-the only road connects the town with the town of Si Ma Cai. There have terraced fields around the market with the majestic mountains.

Can Cau Market

Can Cau market 

The characteristics of Can Cau market

Can Cau market is the fair market of the H’Mong and the Giay, however, it is operated with the ways trade of the Dao. The market has meeting on Saturday every week and holidays, New Year. In the fair, the line of the H’Mong, Giay from the villages flocked to the market: pedestrians, people carrying products, agricultural products and livestock…

The market is divided into separate areas for all kinds of items. Those goods such as: vegetables, herbs, spices, utensils and other products, which shows the talent of women. However, the most striking is the area where sell livestock because the H’Mong and Giay love livestock and want to select the best cattle. The atmosphere in this area is very vibrant; buyers, sellers have the deal.

Besides, the area for the traditional food of people is quite exciting. Having a multitude of different sounds, visitors will have chance to sit down and enjoy the ethnic cuisine of them. Of all the dishes in Can Cau market, “thang co” will be the most favorite cuisine of ethnic. This dish is combined all kinds of organs of some animals such as: pigs, cows, buffalo…

Can Cau Market

Sapa landscape

Other attractive spots in Sapa

After visiting Can Cau market, the remaining time is a time for tourists to discover famous tourist places such as Heaven Gate, Ta Phin ancient monastery, Muong Hoa valley, ancient stone field ...

Heaven Gate

The sky gate is located on the top of a big pass about 18km from Sapa town. Standing at the Gate of Heaven, visitors will have chances to explore the majestic scenery of the Hoang Lien Son range, watch the roads along the ridge, Silver waterfalls

The road to the heavenly gate is quite zigzag but still cannot stop the footsteps of visitors to visit the Heaven Gate.

Ta Phin ancient monastery

Few people know on the road leading to Ta Phin village, there is an attractive tourist destination in the middle of beautiful green grass hills, which is the ancient Ta Phin monastery. Ta Phin Ancient Monastery is one of the very famous works in Sapa.

Although abandoned for more than half a century, the beauty of this place still has great attraction. Many visitors to visit Ta Phin village will visit the ancient Ta Phin monastery in Sapa.

Around the ancient monastery are tall peaches. If you come here in the spring, you will see the cherry blossom scene blooming around the ancient monastery, looking very beautiful. Although it has been abandoned for a long time, the ancient space of the monastery still makes many tourists stop to take photos.

Muong Hoa valley - Ancient stone field

Muong Hoa valley has very nice terraced fields and an odd ancient stone field interspersed in rice fields and grass flowers. Hundreds of ancient stones sculpting these strange characters are classified as national monuments that need to be preserved.

Can Cau Market

Muong Hoa valley

Not only are terraced fields and ancient rocks, there is also a stream flowing through the valley to the Ta Van village and ending at Ban Ho. The scene of beautiful terraced fields, strange ancient rocky beaches and beautiful Hoa stream creates a beautiful natural picture, a beautiful hybrid place in the Northwest mountains and hills.

In addition, tourists joining Sapa Vietnam homestay have been enjoying some traditional dishes and “Tao Meo” wine- specialty of Sapa.