Tourists to Bac Ha District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on weekends will have the opportunity to drop by the Saturday night market, a unique cultural aspect of ethnic people there.
Saturday night market in Bac Ha
Bac Ha district, one of the most famous tourism destinations in the northern province of Lao Cai, has opened a night market at the district’s centre market.
Mong people’s performance reproduces a market session, a usual activity of ethnic people.The night market, which is open every Saturday, holds art performances and offers food, souvenirs and other products. The district’s famous cuisines include thang co (a special dish of Mong people cooked from horse meat) and home-brewed corn wine.
With cool weather year-round, Bac Ha has amazing sightseeing such as mighty mountains, beautiful caves and terraced fields. The district has exotic cultures with 14 ethnic minorities and historic sites like Bac Ha temple and the palace of Hoang A Tuong.
The palace, built between 1919 – 1921 with European architecture, is called the house of the King of Meo people (Mong people) as Hoang Yen Chao and his son Hoang A Tuong ruled over Bac Ha during the French colonial rule. About 70 percent of Bac Ha’s population are ethnic Mong.
Many interesting activities
Opened since March last year, the night market sells grilled dishes and corn wine, a specialty of the area, and features free dance and music performances reflecting the unique culture of Tay, Nung and Hmong ethnic people such as flute and dance performances with umbrellas and hand fans.
A vendor talks to a foreign visitor about grilled dishes she sells at the Saturday night market in Bac Ha District. Visitors and local people gather to watch a dance performance at the Saturday night market. A dance performance with hand fans