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Bac Ha travel guide -Bac Ha Lao Cai –

Bac Ha is a town in a high valley that is far about 45 km northwest of Highway 7 from the Sapa. Bac Ha is well known for the Bac Ha market which always is held on Sunday. In this time,  groups of Tay, Dao, Nung, Giay, and Hoa-Hmong together and make a big trade.

What are the special things in Bac Ha Market?

Bac Ha Market is very different from Sapa. Here are very few tourist destinations. Most of them are noodle shops and fresh beer. Sunday weekend market is a must-see destination when you came here. The open time starts from 8 to 10 hours. It gradually dissolves until noon. You will be able to talk and get closer to the beautiful and friendly Hmong women wearing ethnic clothes. (# Bac Ha Travel guide)

The unique of Bac Ha Market

The one thing which can make you surprise is that the Bac Ha market also sells cattle. The buffalo and castles here will really help for agriculture. Besides, local people also sell vegetables and meat, wine and agricultural equipment. The atmosphere is bustling by both buyers and sellers. People ask each other, chat happily but still not in a hurry which makes this destination become unique features. Let’s go and enjoy it.

How to get to Bac Ha Market from Hanoi?

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To get to Bac Ha Market, you can take a bus from My Dinh station to bac Ha directly. Otherwise, you must transfer 2 routes. You can get information about the route from Hanoi to Sapa via this post: How to get to Sapa from Hanoi?

Bac Ha Market

The distance from Sapa to Bac Ha is about 100 km. There is a bus that transfers clients between two destinations. That is Hai Van Bus. The operating time of this bus is from 4h30- 5h10.

You can contact 0982 428 868 to book tickets. 

Let contact Go Vietnam Travel for booking a private car at an affordable price.

Best time to visit Bac Ha

If you have never been to Bac Ha, you may wonder when is the best time to visit “White Highlands”, right? Please refer to some suggestions so that you can arrange a trip here.

The best time to travel to Bac Ha is in springs (February – April) and winter (November – January). Be careful if you travel to this district in summers since heavy rains may affect your trip.

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Some most attractive times to travel to this destination:

In springs:

Before and after Lunar New Year is the peach blossom season.

Festival of Earth and Water Greeting is on the 15th day of the first lunar month every year.

In March:

The white color of plum blossom full off the hills.

Water pouring season in May, which turns the rice terraces into the magnificent scenery

The traditional Bac Ha Racing Horse Festival is held in the sixth lunar month after the plum is ripe.

Bac Ha Market on Sunday

Bac Ha Temple Festival on the 7th day of the seventh lunar month

Harvesting season in September

Beside Bac Ha Market, where to visit in Bac Ha?

Hoang A Tuong Palace

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Built-in 1914 and complete in 1921, Hoang A Tuong Palace relates 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. (# Bac Ha Travel guide)

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.

Fairy Mountain (Nui Co Tien)

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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 heaven for adventurous tourists who love trekking, hiking and conquering a new peak.

Ban Pho Village

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Ban Pho is 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.

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 happens on the 7th day of the seventh lunar month every year

What to Eat in Bac Ha

Wandering around Bac Ha Market, you definitely have to try the following delicious dishes to experience the unique culinary culture here.

Men men (Rice made of corn)

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Men men is a popular dish of Northwestern mountainous ethnic tribes since corn is their main crop. To cook delicious men men, only high-quality corn is chosen, neither too old nor too young. The corn is ground into powder, and mixed with a suitable amount of water. Then, the mixture is cooked in a pan until it has a distinctive sweetness and color.

Banh duc ngo (Plain corn flan)

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Similar to the regular banh duc (plain rice flan) you can try in Hanoi, Northwestern ethnic people make Banh Duc Ngo from corn. Banh duc ngo is cut into small pieces and served with broth, green onion, cilantro, and chili. The price for this dish ranges from VND 8,000 – 10,000 dong.

Pau po cu (Corn cake)

This is another dish made of corn that will make your trip to Bac Ha unforgettable. Corn is ground, put into banana leaves and steamed in several hours. Pau po cu is sweet, fragrant, and sticky. Local people eat it as a snack; however, you can enjoy this cake for breakfast as well. Pau po cu can be stored for a week since it is soaked in water.

Banh chen (Chen cake)

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Chen cake is a combination of rice flour and cornflour. When Pau po cu is fragrant but a little bit dry and not so sticky, local people have added rice flour to make it stickier and softer. Similar to Pau po cu, people wrapped banana leaves around Chen cake and steamed in hot water.

Xoi ngu sac (Five-color sticky rice)

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This is the traditional dish of Tay ethnic people. The name comes from the fact that it has five colors. These five colors represent the five elements of life in their belief: yellow is earth, green is plant, red is fire, white is metal, and purple is water.

There is no chemical in this colorful sticky rice, only natural leaves are used. They boil the leave before being put into a large bowl with rice to create different colors.

Thang Co (a special kind of hotpot)

Thang Co is the most traditional dish of H’mong ethnic group. This food is made from beef, buffalo, pork and horse meat. However, local residents often use horse organs such as the heart, liver, bone, and meat to cook this dish. Some particular seasoning and vegetables are often served with the dish to reduce the fat taste. ( # Bac Ha Travel guide)

Bac Ha sour noodles

Despite being made from the same ingredients as Hanoi noodle, Bac Ha noodle taste is particular and special.

In order to process sour noodle, the chef uses indispensable raw materials: pickles, green vegetables (lettuce, basil) finely chopped; pounding roasted sesame and peanuts; a few seals to add special flavor; and of course noodles and broth. Before tasting this food, you should add some salt because this noodle will be slightly fainter for people from other places. Sour Noodle should be served cold, so it is a good choice for summer. If you visit Bac Ha in winter, there is a little chance for you to taste it.

Please refer to Sapa tours to get the Bac Ha itineraries.

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