Can Cau market saturdays Sapa

Can Cau Market: plan for saturdays in Sapa

Can Cau is a busy market which is held every Saturday and is organized in business practices of Dao people. Located just 9 km south below the Chinese border, it is a colourful and vibrant market. You will find different minority peoples such as the Flower H’mong (Red H’mong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. Their travel is often made by horseback as a way of carrying the heavy loads to and from market.

Can Cau market

How to go to Can Cau Market

It’s hard to find foreigners in Can Cau, compared than other places or markets in Sapa, because you have to spend a large journey to come there. either with a small tour group with a private driver or, you can find more adventurous people, who make the path on the back of a motorbike.

From Lao Cai province, along the national road 4D, visitors will come to Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province. It is far about 100km from the market to Lao Cai city to the northeast, so it’s a 2 hour drive. Down the 4D Highway from Lao Cai City, tourists will reach Phong Nien commune, Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province. Keeping driving along 153 Provincial Highway through Bac Ha town, tourists will set foot in Can Cau Market. If you want to go with public transport, the buses only run at 08:00 or 09:00, that likely means an overnight stay. The bus back from Can Cau to Bac Ha is at 14:00.

From Sapa, you have to spent a 3 hours drive. So you really have to wake up early and spend a lot of time in the road, so this option it’s not the most recommended. One good option, could be travel this market, make an overnigth in Bac Ha and visit Bac Ha Market on Sunday.

Through the town of Bac Ha, tourists will come to the Can Cau fair. From a distance, the fair of Can Cau is very beautiful and vivid. The fair has meeting along roadside 153-the only road connects the town with the town of Si Ma Cai. There have terraced fields around the market with the majestic mountains.
Can Cau Vietnam, Saturday Market
Can Cau Market, Northern Vietnam

Schedule and what you can find in Can Cau Market

As you would expect, the market starts early, around 7:30 am, and closes in the early afternoon so you will want to make an early start to get the most out of the experience.

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 and their traditional costume of green checked headdress and multi-colored, meticiculosly stitched and layered garments are simply stunning.

All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.

The market is divided into separate areas for all kinds of items. Those goods such as: vegetables, herbs, spices, utensils and other products, which shows the talent of women. However, the most striking is the area where sell livestock because the H’Mong and Giay love livestock and want to select the best cattle. The atmosphere in this area is very vibrant; buyers, sellers have the deal.

Besides, the area for the traditional food of people is quite exciting. Having a multitude of different sounds, visitors will have chance to sit down and enjoy the ethnic cuisine of them. Of all the dishes in Can Cau market, “thang co” will be the most favorite cuisine of ethnic. This dish is combined all kinds of organs of some animals such as: pigs, cows, buffalo…

Can Cau Market local people
Can Cau Market H'mong woman
can.cau market local sellers

Ban Pho Village Sapa Vietnam

Ban Pho Village: what to see & travel tips

Ban Pho Village is an upland commune of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai. Is one of the most well-known villages in Sapa, Ban Pho Village where converges more than 500 households with over 3,000 inhabitants, which 99% are from Mongolia. When you are arriving, Ban Pho Village appears as a beautiful and shiny picture. Into the vast blue of the endlessly stretching mountains you can find the houses of H’mong people which look like a bird’s nest sticking to the mountainside. The best time to visit this place is in February and March because it’s beautiful scenery on spring as the plum flower bloom everywhere.

Ban Pho Village north vietnam

How to go to Ban Pho Village?

Ban Pho is a village of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. There are 2 ways to get to Ban Pho village:

  • The first way, you can go along the 4d highway. it will take about 2 hours by taxi and car.
  • Other ways, you can go follow the 4D.E highway. But, you have to spend more time. it’s about more than 2 hours.

From Sapa town, you have to going along Thach Son to QL4D. Then, going along Highway 70 to Highway 4D and TL 153. You have to continue to go to TL 153 and driving to Ban Pho Bac Ha.

Approximately, it will takes you about 15 minutes from Bac Ha town and 2 hours from Lao Cai station.


H’mong people in Ban Pho Village

Ban Fo village is famous ancient populations of Mongolia Bac Ha.  H’Mong people had settled down in this village a very long time ago and built their houses on stilts with Pomu wood. Ban Pho still retains primary of highland villages.
Traditional Ban Pho Village
Hmong woman in Ban Pho

One of the traditional hanmade products in Ban Pho is fabric weaving with cotton and linen as main inputs. Local people usually wear clothes which are made by themselves. You will find curious the fact that girl’s dresses are very eye-catching with colorful vignettes while men mostly wear dark clothes.

irl’s dresses are very eye-catching with colorful vignettes
Hmong boy with dark clothes it Ban Pho Village
Traditional vignettes of Ban Pho Village


Ban Pho people live mainly on rice farming, as the most village around Vietnam. Here, is also common they fabric weaving and planting of medicinal plants. If you visit the village before lunch time, when people are cooking, you will be surprised about what you are going to find in the kitchen. There are many strings of pork, beef, etc.

Rice terra in Ban Pho Village
Hmong woman agriculture Ban Pho Village
Hmong girls Ban Pho Village
Traditional kitchen in Ban Pho Village

Hmong ethnic people in Ban Pho Village love use instruments, the most characteristic of which is the panpipe and “dan moi” (lip lute). On the day of Tet holiday or fairs, Hmong young boys and girls usually use their panpipe to call their lovers and sing a love song to them.

Despite the lack in material possessions, the main reason for locals are known is because of their extreme hospitality. If you can ask them for accomodations they are going to give you for free and always treat you like one of their relatives.


Hmong people in Ban Pho Village

Food and drink in Ban Pho

Ban Pho is very famous for its specialty “corn wine”. Bac Ha has many wine villages but the most good and famous one is Ban Pho wine. It is no coincidence that in Ban Pho, corn planted area up to 300 ha, while only 82 ha of paddy land. Especially, you have to try their special barbecue with wine, it tastes with an special flavor which you can not eat or drink in any other places. In addition, when they have just finished in making wine, they will offer you to enjoy that wine and eating the barbecue food.


If you want to see what a real Montagnard village looks like, you have to visit Ban pho village. The local people live simply (of course, don’t expect electricity).

The Hmong villagers are some of the kindest people you’ll meet in Vietnam. Moreover , these villages are very beautiful ,and Ban Ho is one of these villages. Especially Ban Pho is very famous for its specialty “corn wine”.

Ban Pho local people

Sapa scenery through photos of HmongSapa photogapher 6

Guide to visit Sapa in November 2017

If you are planning to visit Sapa in November, you must read this guide with some tips and reasons to show you why this month it’s good to visit this picturesque town located on the spectacular valley of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains in the North West region of Vietnam.


The weather

The best time to visit Sapa is from March to May and from September to November. At these times, the weather is relatively stable with sunny days and cool nights. The view of Sapa’s terraces is at its best between September and October, during the fall. The level of rainfall reduces considerably, letting the weather become drier and milder. The moderate level of precipitation combined with an stably cool temperature make falltime such a delight to admire the beauty of Sapa. Since the nice weather continues in November with slightly lower temperature, it’s a good time to enjoy all the things that this place offers to you.

The cool and dry weather with the stable temperature makes it the perfect time for trekking and photos. Are you going to waste your last chance of the year to enjoy Sapa with good weather?

Sapa rice terrace view in November

The daily average temperature for Sapa in November is approximately 14 °C. Tourists that visit can expect rainfall with an average of 56mm precipitation during the month. As winter is coming, the weather starts to become milder. However, it’s generally slightly warmer than the weather in some parts of Europe. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoor activities that your are able to practice in the area like walking or cycling. Humidity for the town can reach 82% but due to the cooler temperatures, visitors shouldn’t expect any discomfort.

If you need more to know the weather with more precision, you can check the weather prediction for Sapa in November.


What to wear in Sapa in November?

As trekking it’s the main activity, don’t forget to pack all your equipment to be comfortable during this activity. You have available different kinds of trekkings, so you have to be prepared to achieve your goal. There you have a few tips:

  • Don’t forget your rain jacket. Weather changes a lot, so it would be required if you preffer to come back to your homestay dry. Also, if a rain jack it’s too hot to wear during your way, you can carry a cheap plastic raincoast (the cheapest option) or an umbrella.
  • Pack at least a fleece Jacket or/and a light sweater. Night time in sapa begins to get colder than normal, and it’s the best way to avoid a cold. If your are very sensitive to cold wear a warm sweater could be a good option.
  • Shoes with very good tread are a must, because trails can get very slick with mud after it rains.
  • Insect repellent. Probably in Hanoi or othes cities you would survived to mosquitos bites but you can’t forget your repellent here.
Trekking Sapa November

What to wear to trek in Sapa in November


Tips to visit Sapa in November

Unfornately, the best moment to admire the beauty of rice terraces in Sapa is from the end of August to the beginning of September, when the rice turns from green to yellow colors. But in November you can see the curvy terraces filled with water and that looks pretty amazing. This is the moment when the terrace it’s being ploughed to prepare for a new season.


Bac Ha traditional Market

If you enjoy walking around markets you should visit Bac Ha Market, one of the biggest and most well know in all of North Vietnam. Bac Ha Town is a three hour drive from Sapa and the market occurs every Sunday. Is not really the best place for shopping, but is a great location to visit if you are happy to people watch and take in the energy and vibrancy of the occasion. There, you could find many different ethnic groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products that cannot be found elsewhere. The best way to enjoy the market in all its glory is to arrive early and leave before the crowds of tourists arrive on the buses between 10am and 11am.

Bac Ha Market

Flower H’mong at Bac Ha Sunday Market

Can Cau local Market

every Saturday you can find this market 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. Can Cau distance it’s 125 km or 3 hours driving from Sapa, in this market all kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.

Can Cau market, Flower Hmong

Can Cau market



Now you are ready to visit Sapa this November. If you still have doubts don’t hesitate to contact us or create your own Sapa experience in our website.