Ha Giang Markets – local rural markets across Ha Giang
Last Update: 24th October 2020
Ha Giang feature several exciting, local markets for visitors to experience. Most of them are held on Sundays. Some of them are more than 100 years old. Markets in Ha Giang are not just markets. They are also a link between locals and generations.
Ha Giang Markets Fast Facts
- Name: Ha Giang Markets
- Location: approximately 160 x kilometers from Ha Giang City
- Things to do there: Photography, Vietnamese History, Experience Local Ethnic Minority and Local Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, History and Culture Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
As Ha Giang covers an a large area in North Vietnam, markets in the area are various and colorful due to tens of ethnic minorities. Visitors can try the local specialties, purchase handicrafts with ethnic minority features and do some bargaining with locals on the items you are interested. Many markets take place on Sundays in Ha Giang. Let’s see several popular markets in the area.
The most special one is Khau Love Market held on the lunar 27th of March each year in Meo Vac Town. It offers a good chance for local young people to find the half. It is just held once one year. At the market, they sing and dance. Meo Vac also holds a distinctive livestock market every Sunday. If interested, you could go for a visit.
In Ha Giang Town, the market is also held on Sunday. At the market, visitors can find Red Dao, White Hmong, Tay and Nung ethnic minorities in their own costumes. Hoang Su Phi Sunday Market offers visitors an option to enjoy natural beauty on the way to the market. You’ll see Hmong, Tay, Nung, Dao, and La Chi people there as well.
If you want to explore a less crowded market in Ha Giang, it is suggested to pay a visit to Ma Le Frugal Fair which is close to Lung Cu Peak. Pho Bang Market is held every six days in the Pho Bang Village in the far north of Ha Giang. The village has old houses with a history of more than 100 years to explore as well. Near the Pho Bang Village is Pho Cao Village. The village is home to 17 ethnic minorities. If lucky enough, you may see locals in their costumes at the local market which is also held every six days.
The best time to visit the Ha Giang markets is in the morning.
The quickest and most direct option is to rent a vehicle to the one you have strong interest in.
- It is suggested that you explore the market by noon.
- If you are planning to visit those markets in the mountainous area where roads are not so good, it is recommended that you get to the related village one day in advance.
- Please get the permission from locals in advance if you’d like to take photos of them.
- Please wear comfortable hiking shoes.