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Bac Ha

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Country rank: 14 out of 46 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Lao Cai province in Northeastern part of Vietnam


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: December to April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hanoi (Check Flights)

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" Bustling market in a quaint landscape"

Bac Ha Tourism

Bac Ha is a village located in the Northwest of Vietnam and is a sleepy little town, the economy of which is centred around its Saturday and Sunday markets. The exchange, the colours, the local wares and an ever-bustling affair, these markets are usually visited on a day trip from the neighbouring Sa Pa Village. It is the capital of the Flower Hmong region and is a famous start-point for treks.

The region of Bac Ha is home to a number of charming villages that house almost 54 minorities of Vietnam. From intricately designed handmade traditional clothing to delicious local cuisine, all the essentials of this vibrant culture find a place at the markets here. Bac Ha is also famous for Tam Hoa plums.
If the landscape captures your attention, which it inevitably will, you can try your hand at trekking here as well. It is common for travellers to opt for Bac Ha instead of Sa Pa as there are fewer people and the trails are relatively unexplored.

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  • Please remember that Bac Ha is a small village so facilities may not be as well-structured as you would expect from a tourist favourite.
  • It is a tribal village and you are thus expected to dress modestly with respect to the villagers.
  • There are no Cash Machines or ATMs in the village hence, please carry extra cash with you to avoid hassles.
  • The accommodations in the village are basic and quite humble, prepare yourself accordingly.

Bac Ha is most famous for its colourful clothing and textiles, saddles for horses, bags, cushions, figurines, handcrafts and Tam Hoa plums. The tribals also sell some of the most authentic merchandise and these can be taken back home as souvenirs. Don't forget to try out the delectable local cuisine, which is available abundantly during the trade hours. Shopping is comparatively cheap here, and you will find quality merchandise in about VND 100000.

Bac Ha has a wide array of delicious Vietnamese food, starting from its famous Pho or rice noodles and fried rice dishes, with meat, tofu, bamboo, vegetables. You could also try fried spring rolls, noodle soup and pumpkin soup in a few local eateries here. You can try the local food at Thanh Son, Nha San Samu and Ngan Nga restaurant. Typically, the food costs about VND 100000- 200000.


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