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Lao Cai, Vietnam
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Bac Ha Market in Lao Cai Bảo Thắng  Vietnam
Bac Ha Market Bảo Thắng  Vietnam
Bac Ha Market in Lao Cai Bảo Thắng  Vietnam
Bac Ha Market Bảo Thắng  Vietnam

Bac Ha Market in Lao Cai

As a lover of markets, this one was one of the most sensory fulfilling experiences. Visiting this location on a Sunday surrounded us with locals dressed in traditional intricate clothing, buying ingredients for meals (including a wide variety of live animals), florescent yarn for their weavings, and even toiletries. There were also many groups of locals sitting around drinking, eating large freshly prepared meals, and chatting both quietly and boisterously. This woman was selling chili peppers and through gestures, I poorly tried to communicate what spicy peppers would do to my western tongue. Only later did I realize that she was unable to see most of my silly maneuvering. My local guide had to translate as he bought some peppers and she allowed me to snap a photo.

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over 4 years ago

Bac Ha Market

As a lover of markets, this one was one of the most sensory fulfilling experiences. Visiting this location on a Sunday surrounded us with Hmong locals dressed in traditional intricate clothing, buying ingredients for meals (including a wide variety of live animals), florescent yarn for their weavings, and even toiletries. There were also many groups of locals sitting around drinking, eating large freshly prepared meals, and chatting both quietly and boisterously. I usually prefer photos of intimate moments that represent the spirit of the place, however this picture of the full market captures the Bac Ha Market perfectly: the fogged, terraced hills of Sa Pa watching over the hustle of the vibrant market below.