Can Cau market

Attraction Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam Published on: 04-03-2016

1 hour
06:00 AM - 11:00 AM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Shopping
Kids
Free
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Can Cau market is opened every Saturday for daily need of locals. The visitors can explore the culture of ethnic people and buy some beautiful flower Hmong handicraft.

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Why Can Cau market is special ?

Can Cau is a busy market which is held every Saturday. Located just below the Chinese border, it is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.



Can Cau is definitely a local market with livestock, foodstuffs and masses of colourful fabrics and clothes for the Flower Hmong women to enhance their already elaborate outfits. People cross the border from China to trade at Can Cau, something which is difficult to police in this hilly border region. It makes for an ethnically diverse experience for the few tourists who make it there


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What to explore at Can Cau market?

By 9 am, the market is crammed to capacity. It’s lively and surprisingly fun. The locals are mostly of the Flower Hmong minority group. You can’t miss them -their traditional costume of green checked headdress and multi-colored, meticiculosly stitched and layered garments are simply stunning. Few foreigners make it to Can Cau; those that do brave the journey come either with a small tour group in four-wheel drives, or – if half-mad and on a tight budget like me -on the back of a motorbike.

The handful of Westerners here this morning is the object of intense – though friendly- scrutiny. There is much laughter as we try to make basic conversation. Although the majority is painfully shy and not accustomed to seeing foreigners, some cheerfully allow photographs to be taken.

Set in the mountains near the Chinese border, Can Cau Market is the area where different minority groups in colorful dress exchange local items. You will spend the whole morning there then go to Bac Ha for lunch. Light trekking to nearby villages and visit the old castle of the former Hmong king are also highlights of trips.

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How to get to Can Cau market?

Can Cau market is a open air market about 20 km north of Bac Ha and just 9km from the Chinese border.

Selling points

  • Authentic tribal weekend market
  • Colorful and authentic
  • Memorable Experience in a Traditional Market
  • Can Cau Markets 10 out of 10
  • Special Saturday market
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
177.38 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
14 places

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Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You shouldn't point at the face of local people because it's a taboo.
    Customes
  • Don't come there in the winter because it’s rally humid.
    Weather
  • You should spend your time to walk along the market to know more about them
    Things to do
  • You need a shoes and jacket if you walk in the rainy day
    What to bring
  • You should take photo in the rice paddies, it's so beautiful
    Photography
  • If you plan to attend the market, plan to stay overnight Friday...get up early before the tour buses arrive and feast on all the great photo ..
    Experience
  • Don’t hire the scooters because the road there is not flag.
    Experience
  • You need to haggle prices to at least 50% less.
    Experience
  • There are some unique dishes that you should taste Cong sapa or barbecue follow sapa style
    Eat
  • The market just open in Saturday from 7:00 am
    Timming
  • The market only opens on Saturday.
    Timming
  • Besides the traditional goods, there are many products from Thailand, Cambodia
    Other
  • Don't get caught up by the group of villagers who are proposing you to make you visit their houses. The whole journey is a way for them to try to sell you their crafts or to beg for money -
    Other
  • Sometimes, It’s so noisy because of the animals and crowded people.
    Other
  • The traditional clothes are available for you to buy
    Costume
  • It's free to enter the market
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Sometimes, you can watch buffalo fight. It’s a traditional festival there.
    Events
  • Along the road to go to the market, there are the rice paddies, it's recommended to take photo there.
    Things nearby

Reviews

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This is the local Saturday market and yes it is only every Saturday. The colors are just amazing. You will see many different tribes here and you can buy everything from cloth, shoes, bags, flowers, there are restaurants where the locals eat but it did not look that it was for me. A bit down the hill was the buffalo market and also buffalo fight. Make sure you have your camera for this market ready. Judy amazing.

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A place where local tribes come to sell their handicraft, food, wares and cattle. Very local and colourful.Dislike (intensely): the sight of butchered dog meat for sale but that's part of the local scene, uncensored.Dislike: the need to haggle prices to at least 50% less.

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The market is set up in a field next to the road. There are tourist souvenirs, which I don't think are totlally handmade. There are also medicinal herbs, incense, fruit, vegetables and popcorn. Of course, there is tourist taxes as our guide purchased his popcorn more cheaply than my husband. There were plenty of photographic opportunities as the traditional dress from the Flower Hmong and Thai are colourful and beautiful. However, I did prefer the Sunday market at Bac Ha, which was larger and more varied.

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This is the local Saturday market and yes it is only every Saturday. The colors are just amazing. You will see many different tribes here and you can buy everything from cloth, shoes, bags, flowers, there are restaurants where the locals eat but it did not look that it was for me. A bit down the hill was the buffalo market and also buffalo fight. Make sure you have your camera for this market ready. Judy amazing.

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