06:00 | 03/10/2020 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - A visit to Vietnam is not complete without seeing the traditional markets in northwest Vietnam, including Bac Ha, Coc Ly, Can Cau, Cao Son, and Lung Khau Nhin markets in Lao Cai Province, and Dong Van Market in Ha Giang Province.
In planning a trip, it is important to keep in mind that each of the markets open once a week.
Traditional markets in Lao Cai Province are where the majority of Black Dao, La Chi, Nung, Tay, Red Hmong, and Phu La ethnic minority people gather to trade goods, livestock, and handicrafts. Separate zones specialize in specific products. Generally, the entrance to the market features small booths selling accessories (brocade handbags, purses, handkerchiefs, etc.). Inside, colorful brocade dresses are hung everywhere for sale, making for an eye-catching picture.
The locals not only offer clothing items, but also buffaloes, dogs, chickens, ducks, and birds for sale. Of course, food is indispensable to any market visit, with food zones offering bowls of thang co, a traditional horsemeat dish, that take the edge off the cool climate of the mountainous region.
Another special traditional market in northwest Vietnam is Dong Van in Ha Giang Province open every Sunday. It is the center of economic and cultural activities in Meo Vac District’s Dong Van plateau, turning the peaceful small village into a festival. Dao, Tay, Nung, Mong, Lo Lo, and Giay tribes flock there to trade their brocade clothes, goods, and livestock.
The youth of the region come there to look for brides. Local residents hold traditional cultural activities in the market on the 14th, 15th, and 16th days of every lunar month.