Bac Ha, around Sapa - review by Rusty Compass
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Bac Ha, around Sapa

| 31 Jul 2011
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31 Jul 2011

Bac Ha is a small village around 3 hours from Sapa. Its Sunday market is very popular with day trippers from Sapa.

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Bac Ha is a popular day trip from Sapa - especially its Sunday market. It’s a much smaller town than Sapa and the setting is not as spectacular. If you’re spending quite a bit of time in the far north, it’s a worth adding Bac Ha for its access to other minority villages and treks.

Bac Ha is home to a large Flower Hmong community. The name is derived from the beautiful colours of their traditional costume.

Coc Ly and Can Cau villages are accessible from Bac Ha and their markets are also popular with travellers.


Travel tips.
The journey to Bac Ha is a good three hours from Sapa. It’s closer to Lao Cai (the main rail hub) however so if time allows, it can be a good spot to visit before or after a trip to Sapa - especially to time your arrival to coincide with the Sunday market. Accommodation in Bac Ha is basic.

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