Traveling from Hanoi to Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau on the tour of Asia Tourism Holiday, I pass endless rows of mountains that seem to touch the I sky at Pha Din Pass. The hamlets of Dao, Mong, Thai, Muong, Ha Nhi and San Diu ethnic people arouse strange feelings in me. In this remote region, the markets are highlights. The markets take place on a weekly or monthly basis, or even just once or twice a year. These colorful events offer a window into the local’s lives.
The busiest day in the region is Sunday when Bac Ha Market takes place in Lao Cai province. Once held on a hill in town, the market is now held in a building with a cement floor and sheet-metal roof. In the past, Bac Ha Market was characterized by the flamboyantly colorful skirts of Flower Mong women, brewed … Read More