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.
A photo contest on tourism in the northern highland region, to promote the beauty of its nature and people, will be launched in September. The contest, open to Vietnamese and foreign photographers, is part of activities to promote tourism in the eight northern provinces, said Lao Cai Department of Tourism director Tran Huu Son at a workshop on Saturday. The project was launched in 2008 with support from the EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Programme. It aims to improve travel products, develop the tourism industry and to help the locals eliminate poverty. "The northern highland provinces have cultural…... [read more]
A photo contest on tourism in the northern highland region, to promote the beauty of its nature and people, will be launched in September.The contest, open to Vietnamese and foreign photographers, is part of activities to promote tourism in the eight northern provinces, said Lao Cai Department of Tourism director Tran Huu Son at a recent workshop.The project was launched in 2008 with support from the EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Programme.It aims to improve travel products, develop the tourism industry and to help the locals eliminate poverty."The northern highland provinces have cultural heritage, outstanding landscape and history that…... [read more]
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Sa Pa market-day will be held for the first time in Hanoi’s Metropole hotel garden on the evening of October 3. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 According to plan, there will be 12 Red Dao minority women coming from Ta Phin mountain village, Sa Pa town, to display different kinds of embroidery, art and handicrafts, jewellery and special food. Nguyen Thanh Van, a cook of Metropole hotel, said the event will provide an unforgettable feast for not only Vietnamese people but also international friends. ... [read more]
In the cool early morning in Binh Yen Village, Phuoc Ninh Commune in central Quang Nam Province, local villagers gather eagerly for the second “Chicken Market Day” for the upcoming Tet (lunar New Year) holiday.The popular event is an initiative of the Phuoc Ninh Commune Veteran Association and the Elderly Association, held near the local Thu Bon River. Despite launching just last year, the day has quickly become a lively attraction in the normally quiet community. From the surrounding area, residents bring their chickens to the market, which they have spent much time cultivating. Nguyen Thi Nga, 70, said she had…... [read more]
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Ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands have now integrated in the Kinh majority community. Nowadays, many minority groups including the M’nong, Gia Rai, Gie Trieng and Lach celebrate the Lunar New Year festival at the beginning of the year. However, they have their own way of celebrating Tet, much different from the Kinh. A jar of Ruou Can (wine drunk out of a jar through pipes) still represents Tet for the M’nong and other ethnic groups in the Central Highlands. Very often, every household prepares some jars to ferment Ruou Can for Tet. Ruou Can for Tet is carefully made…... [read more]