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


The food list you should try in Sapa

Top places for Sapa grilled food

Top places for Sapa grilled food

Sapa is the meaning of fresh mountains, clear air and nice and open local people who help foreigners to understand and share their culture, traditions and also curiosity. But all in all, there also exist the amazing cuisine with their rice wine, ginger and honey tea or their pork with soup. There are lots of offers to enjoy the good gastronomy but in this article we are going to highlight the ones we love the most. 

Local people in Sapa know how to attract visitors and feel them like home so depending of what kind of tourist you are for sure you will have the appropriate answer related on priorities and kind of tastes. 

If you love eating no matter how the place looks like, your perfect choice is Little Sapa. A restaurant located in the village and although is quite weird the food they serve is really good and also have low prices. Therefore, you can enjoy a good meal for less than expected. 


Little Sapa restaurant

But if you are an energetic person are you are planning to trek the Fansipan, we also have the perfect election. The place called Sapa o’chau is really good restaurant for starting the day with tones of energy with a perfect breakfast. So before trekking, this is the ideal place.  


Sapa Ochau restaurant

For the snobs who want to enjoy the most popular and well-known restaurant on the area and tell friends about it, Good morning Vietnam will be the first restaurant on their lists. A part from being a place with really tasty and nice food, the location is also one of the reasons this restaurant is so popular. Well rated everywhere. 

As a modern and alternative place, the option is Le Gecko. It has been created, basically, for those tourists they like to taste the local food without losing the European atmosphere.  


The Gecko restaurant

Finally, for the posh people, there is also a place to enjoy food Hill station signature restaurant. This is going to be your answer if you are up for amazing food but also for a high budget. 

What about getting a beer and enjoy the evenings in a more relaxed place like a pub? If you are not tired enough of the whole day and you have still energy for going for a drink, although there are lots of bars to go Mountain bar and pub is one of the best in the area.  

These are the places I usually eat and love a lot. If you have other places, please comment below. Hmongsapa community is very excited about that.