Bac Ha Travel Guide

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Bac Ha Things to Do

  • Up on White Mountain, Bac Ha.

    This was a reasonably flat and easy trek, after the ups and downs in Sapa. We were able to visit a Flowered H'Mong house and even tasted the local "hooch". Actually the Vietnamese don't seem to make their alcohol too strong and this one tasted of plums, that Bac Ha is famous for. Some nice panoramas to be seen when you come out of the trees.

  • Visit the palace of King Meo, Bac Ha.

    Although Bac Ha is a predominantly Flowered H'Mong district, 90 years ago a Thay person named Hoang Yen Chao, and calling it after his sons name Hoang A Tuong, was made "Vua Meo" or King of the H'Mong while still under French administration and had this palace built around 1920. Built in a Spanish/French style using a one French and one Chinese...

  • People watching at Bac Ha Sunday market

    Each Sunday, the sleepy town of Bac Ha comes alive with villagers converging to the market to refurnish their provisions and the women, like many of their species around the world, take the opportunity to shop and shop till they drop.It is a chance for travelers to spot many tribes in the area. However, Bac Ha is predominately populated by the...

  • Rice planting

    Stop a while beside the rice fields to see farmers hard at work. As the altitude of Bac Ha is lower than that of Sa Pa and climate less dry, rice can be harvested twice a year instead of once in the Sa Pa region.The rice terraces are first flooded with water before planting season and cattle is prodded along to plough the fields. After which,...

  • Cows and horses

    If you like cows and horses, you will find no lack of them in the Bac Ha market. There is a field near the centre of town (not the market place), where many horses are left there to graze.Look out for a local photo studio at the field and local Hmong girls decked in their best (with makeup et al) waiting to have their portraits taken.

  • Visit a Hmong village

    If you follow a guided tour, the advantage is that the guide can lead you through a minority village, and visit a local house as he explains to you the lifestyle and living conditions of the villagers.Most Hmong villagers belive in ancestral worship and you will see a small altar upon entering the mud house. On one side of the house, food such as...

  • Daily groceries

    Wonder what the locals eat? Walk around the market where vegetables are laid out on the ground for sale. You will probably see many villagers licking away at ice creams (even in the cold rain) and wonder when that became part of their local diet.

  • Pig trading

    Around the centre of the market, traders gather their pigs for trade. The local black pigs squeal and writhe a lot, so try not to go too near them. Many of the piglets are bound to a 'pig basket' so that the traders have an easier time moving them around.In old China, people who commited adultery would have suffered the same treatment by being...

  • Eat with the locals

    At the centre of the Bac Ha market , you can sit down local style and try out the local food (if you dare). Remember that living in the sanitized part of the world may not prepare your stomach for the local cuisine. Take precaution!


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