After spending time in a Sapa excursion, it will be fun to continue your ethnic exploration in Bac Ha. Trekking to ethnic tribes, interacting with the locals in their market and admiring majestic trails in the mountain’s midst are main things travelers can do here.
1. Ethnic Markets
Bac Ha Sunday Market
Location: In Bac Ha District, 80km from Sapa
Characteristics: It is absolutely regretted if you do not spend time in Bac Ha Sunday Market when coming to this district.
Every Sunday, H’Mong, Red Dzao, Ha Nhi and other ethnic minorities gather here to exchange agricultural products, enjoy a cup of corn alcohol and talking to each other.
Lung Phinh Market
Location: Lung Phinh Commune, 12km from Bac Ha
Characteristics: It takes place every Sunday. If you prefer an authentic market without any commercial interference, head to Lung Phinh.
Can Cau Market
Location: 20km north of Bac Ha
Characteristics: Can Cau Market takes place every Saturday morning. You can see mainly H’Mong and Day ethnic people in this market.
Coc Ly Market
Location: 35km from Bac Ha
Characteristics: Coc Ly Market is organized every Tuesday. This market is considered as a meeting place for H’Mong, Black Dzao and Nung people. After visiting this market, you can take a boat trip along Chay River, admire the beauty of Tay and H’Mong people’s ethnic villages and take photos of spectacular waterfalls.
Sin Pheng Market
Location: In the center of Sin Pheng Commune, 10km from Si Ma Cai District
Characteristics: Despite not being as large as Bac Ha Market, you can find everything in Sin Pheng Market. Organized on Wednesday every week, this market is the most crowded at noon.
2. Hoang A Tuong Palace
Built in 1914 and complete in 1921, Hoang A Tuong Palace is attached to a tumultuous history. This palace belongs to a Tay person named Hoang Yen Chao, the father of Hoang A Tuong. Prior to 1945, Bac Ha was a ‘semi-feudal, semi-colonial’ society in which the wealthy upper class, including Hoang A Tuong and Hoang Yen Chao, exploited the working class by occupying fertile lands and monopolizing the sale of essential products such as salt and foods.
This place is the combination of French and Chinese architectural style with a two-storey structure. Its long and imposing corridor reflects the glorious time bygone.
Location: In the center of Bac Ha Town
3. Fairy Cave (Dong Tien)
This is the must-see place after visiting Coc Ly Market. The surrounding Chay River and fauna system offer Fairy Cave a fascinating beauty. You have to take a boat ride along the river to visit this cave.
4. Fairy Mountain (Nui Co Tien)
From the north of Si Ma Cai District to Bac Ha township and at the height of over 1,000m above the sea level, Fairy Mountain stands out as an imposing scenery. This is the heaven for adventurous tourists who love trekking, hiking and conquering a new peak.
5. Ban Pho Village
Ban Pho is located at the highest point of Bac Ha District, inhabited mainly by H’Mong and Dao people. The main crop grown in this village is maize and you can only find some families grow rice. There are three traditional handicrafts in Ban Pho which are making alcohol, brocade weaving, and hammering.
6. Bac Ha Temple
Built in the 19th century, Bac Ha Temple is dedicated to Vu Van Mat, the hero who defeated Northern enemies during the reign of Emperor Le Chieu Tong (1516). Bac Ha Temple festival is organized in the 7th day of the seventh lunar month every year.