Pha Long Market, Pha Long Market in Sapa, Pha Long Market in Sapa Vietnam

Pha Long is located only 3 km from the Chinese border, but further 72km in the north-northeast of Lao Cai City, this is considered as one of the remotest communes of Lao Cai province. There have been a few visitors coming to this region because of the strict security control in the border region as consequence of the conflict between the two countries in from 1979 to 1989. Security permission is needed to arrange before arrival

 

 

However it is sure that Pha Long Market is among the most interesting tribal market in the northern mountainous region owning to the breathtaking landscapes of the surrounding diversity of the local tribal peoples. Very rural seldom visited market, where you can meet ethnic groups that are only found in this particular district of Vietnam, mostly Hmong, Nung, Tou Zi, Pa Zi and Tou Lao

 

 

Located in the northwest, Pha Long market sees minority groups from distant villages coming to sell or exchange animals, agriculture products and especially textile products. It opens every Saturday morning and is swamped with Mong, Tay, Dung, Pa Di and Tu Di groups who are up bright and early to jump on a motorbike or horse to make their way to Pha Long

 

 

Along the road, in a landscape of mountain peaks, numerous Nung et Hmong villages. Lots of traditional houses with baked earth tiled roofs. Pha Long market is opened on Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to twelve. They carry pigs, hens, puppies and agricultural products like peanuts or kohlrabi in handicraft baskets and the popular colorful brocatelle products for sale or exchange at the market. The market, located in Lao Cai Province which borders China, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the province

 

 

For minority groups the market is now their main income stream as they sell brocatelle clothes, scarves and other hand-made products and most speak English which also helps to attract the customers. A sign of changing times, though, is that the colorful brocatelle clothes which used to be made from natural materials now consist of synthetic fabric which is imported from China to adapt to the fast-growing demand

 

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Pha Long Market, Pha Long Market in Sapa, Pha Long Market in Sapa Vietnam

Pha Long Market, Pha Long Market in Sapa, Pha Long Market in Sapa Vietnam

Pha Long Market, Pha Long Market in Sapa, Pha Long Market in Sapa Vietnam