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Can Cau Market

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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Sapa, Vietnam
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Well worth the 2.5 hour drive from the Topas Ecolodge. It is genuinely a local market with a little bit of touristy stuff at the back. The colourful local Flower H’Mong women were the highlight.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mike H
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Can Cau Market is great. Base yourself at Bac ha Friday night. Take the cool funky local bus to Can Cau market early sat morning. Takes about 45 min to an hour through mountain villages. This market is in a valley in the countryside with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Hot, dirty, crowdy; yes you can have a look at the Hmong costumes but on my opinion it doesn't worth the long journey by car. In the market there is nothing interesting, it is just a classic stop in most of the Vietnam tour.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Alan W
Reviewed 17 April 2018

Can Cau was the only market that we could visit during our stay in Sapa and it was a disappointment not in itself but for the tour that was organised for us. We booked with Sapa O'Chau, which seems to be a ethically run company...More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

It takes a while to get to this market from Sapa and via Lao Chi right on the Chinese border. The journey was around 3 hours and you get dropped off a short walk from the market. we had a driver and a guide. The...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank p4sta
Reviewed 20 March 2018

To get themost of this market (many animals for sale) do not come after 7 am. Spend the night in Bac Ha to takes half an hour at dawn to get to this market.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank pawel z
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Held every Saturday this market has so much to offer in the way of local ethnic tribes and traditions. Great photo opportunities and a chance to immerse yourself in the local cultures.. The Hmong people are truly amazing in the way they go about their...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Rob G
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

The 3 hour each way journey from Sapa on Sat morning is an authentic way to see life amongst Hmong tribal people. We tasted lots of fresh produce and the potent corn wine. Lots of other soups and meats and colourful handicrafts and livestock (mainly...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting Sapa try to do it on a Saturday as that is the day of the market. This is one of the most interesting markets we have ever visited. It's amazing to see the Hmong people (very colorfully dressed tribal people) and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Silvia P
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

A beautiful, genuine local market without that many tourists. Only on Saturday! We drove our scooter from Sapa, which is a 4 hour trip. In the blistering winter cold it was... an experience let's say. Try to get there as early as you can. Market...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Bobvdlelij
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
The area is beautiful around Sapa with the mountains and rice fields as well as the local hill tribes. Well worth the trip.
10 August 2017|
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Response from Bob v |
You can choose to go along with a tourist bus, but then you arrive at the market rather late. The real charm of the market is very early, around 07am. Therefore I would advice you to rent a scooter and just drive there... More
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