Can Cau Market

Located about 100 km northeast of Lao Cai city and 30 km north of Bac Ha town, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province, Can Cau market which is famous for the originality and authenticity, was held on every Saturday in Can Cau village, Simacai district, Lao Cai province.

Can cau market is located beside road 153 - the unique road connecting Bac Ha town and Si Ma Cai town. This soil road has been widen and tarred over the last few years. Standing in the market, visitors can gaze with veneration at the golden terraced fields in the ripe season clinging to the mountainside as well as imposing mountains and hills that endlessly stretching of the North-western. Early in the morning of the fair day, groups of Hmong people, Giay people and Dao people from various villages gather in Can Cau village. They travel mainly by horses, motorbikes and bring textile products, agricultural products as well as cattle for trading.                 

The market is divided into various areas for every consumer goods including vegetables, agricultural products, cattle and colorful handmade textiles. Although there are various modern items such as fashion clothes and footwear can be found in the market, but the traditional character of a highland market is still maintained.       

In Can Cau, the excited atmosphere as well as the original cultural of the highland fair is expressed much more clearly. Tourists will easily recognize that this place is not only a market for trading goods but also a wonderful place for friends to meet or for young people in beautiful costumes to seek for their “other half”.  

When visiting Can Cau, tourists should not miss a chance to enjoy and explore several traditional dishes of local cuisine. Thang Co, highland Pho, soup and boiled meat with corn wine are famous food of ethnic minority of people in North-west of Vietnam.   

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