A market day in northern highlands

(VOV) – Located in Phong Tho district, Dao San is a typical market in the northern mountain province of Lai Chau and the North-western region as a whole.

The market, held on every Sunday at the height of 1,600m above sea level, is where goods and friendly exchanges are conducted.

It is also a favourite tourist attraction for visitors from near and far to explore the distinctive lifestyle of various ethnic people in the 8 border communes of Phong Tho district.

Nobody knows exactly when the market was formed, but it is very important to Mong, Dao and Ha Nhi ethnic people.

In this less populated area, the market day is compared to a colourful picture which is certainly worth a visit.

Let’s take a look at market activities there.

Young girls dressed in colourfully embroidered costumesYoung girls dressed in colourfully embroidered costumes

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The market offers a variety of choices for customersThe market offers a variety of choices for customers
Despite the scorching sun, the market remains crowdedDespite the scorching sun, the market remains crowded
Children have the chance to show off new clothesChildren have the chance to show off new clothes
Young ethnic girls also want to boast new clothesYoung ethnic girls also want to boast new clothes
Buying banh duc - a kind of pastry made of rice flourBuying banh duc – a kind of pastry made of rice flour
Colurful embroideries are offered at reasonable pricesColurful embroideries are offered at reasonable prices

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The market sells daily necessities such as tomatoes, garlics and vegetablesThe market sells daily necessities such as tomatoes, garlics and vegetables
Baskets are very popular with ethnic people in the highlandsBaskets are very popular with ethnic people in the highlands
Drinking wineDrinking wine
Visitors have the chance to eat banh troi (floating cake) - a kind of marble dumplings made of white rice flour with rock sugar fillingsVisitors have the chance to eat banh troi (floating cake) – a kind of marble dumplings made of white rice flour with rock sugar fillings
Going homeGoing home
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