Sapa And Bac Ha
North of Hanoi
The Ecolodge was our first nights stay.
EcoLodge is close to Sapa but in a world all it's own. Given it's
name, it tries to minimize it's footprint, both ecologically and
socially. It was actually quite a nice place to stay.
On our day there, we decided to walk down the town village at the
bottom of the hill. We walked through fields and houses on the
way down and saw life and agriculture as it is.
Can Cau Market
I really like markets. We picked tour
two markets in two day. Our first visit was the market in Can
Cau. Can Cau is a small town in a valley that has a market
on Saturday morning. The drive from Sapa was long and we didn't
arrive until after most of the market was over.
The market has three large areas - the good market, a hot food market
and a livestock market. The goods market was dominated by the
flower Hmong women known for their extraordinarily colourful
costumes. Further down the hill, the hot food market was
dominated by smoke from all the small fires that are used to keep the
We sampled a pounded rice pancake. Hot,
and for about twelve cents, it really hit the spot.
Bac Ha Village
After the Can Cau Market we drove back to Bac Ha, had lunch and then
went for a walk in one of the local villages. This village was a
short drive from town but it seemed like a world all on it's own.
We stopped by a local school and found quite a nice classroom, but no
kids - at this age, the kids are only in school for half a day.
We found kids playing (and sometimes working) in fields around the
My personal favorite was boys with their water
buffalos. These animals are huge and they do have minds of their
own, yet these boys will lead their buffalos across fields, sometimes
using them as rides, sometimes using them as playthings.
After we visited the fields, we walked into
village. Unlike the markets, the people here are less shy and
more open to having their photos taken.
Market in Bac Ha
The market in Bac Ha is really part of
streets are lined with sellers and there is a section of town that
becomes market stalls for one day a week.
These markets are busy and tourists can be missed in the crowds making
it easier to take photos. We went earlier in the day and I
think people were still more optimistic about their sales or aren't
tired from a day of selling. The markets are quite busy and you
have to keep aware of the area around you because a cow or motorcycle
may be coming up the path behind you.
Being much larger than Can Cau (maybe 4 times larger) you see much of
the same thing and several new things. I saw fish for sale
(considering how far we are from the ocean, that surprised me).
There were lots of Chinese manufactured goods - clothes, shoes and some
Always keen to try food, this time we tried a "donut" - a rice ball
with sweet beans inside. They are deep fried and I think they
would do very well at the Richmond night market.
Some other Village
On the way back to Lao Cai we stopped at a
took a boat up to a show village. It was rice harvesting season
and this village hard large fields that were in the process of being
harvested. The kids were out having fun, but work was getting
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