Can Cau Market tour – Saturday

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This Can Cau market tour from Sapa brings you close to the Chinese border and is held every Saturday. It is a very busy and colorful market with many local minorities, including the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. The live stock section is one of the highlights of Can Cau Market, but you will find here also many other kind of local products, such as various fabrics and corn wine. The market starts early (around 7.30 AM) and closes in the early afternoon so for your Can Cau Market tour departing from Sapa you need to leave early.


  • Enjoy the bustling Can Cau Market with many goods and cattle
  • Learn more about the minorities at a local village
  • Enjoy traditional music, with dance and story telling


The Can Cau Market tour starts from Sapa or Lao Cai with a drive to Can Cau around 125 km from Sapa (3 hours) or 87 km from Lao Cai (2 hours).

Arriving at the Can Cau Market you can take all the time you need to explore the market. Talk with the locals and enjoy the atmosphere. A great place to make amazing pictures and to try your bargaining skills.

Can Cau Market tour

Can Cau Market

After the market travel to Bac Ha town to have lunch in a local restaurant where you can try the traditional lunch of Thang Co (horse stew) and corn wine (alternative dishes are available!).

After lunch there is a short drive to visit Ban Pho village, a local ethnic minority villages where mainly Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung live. You can see how the local people preparing corn wine at their houses, for Bac Ha Sunday market the next day.

Later in the afternoon you visit the house of Mr. Ho, who is a local Hmong man who makes traditional music, with dance and story telling.

Your Can Cau Market tour end with a drive back to either Sapa or Lao Cai.


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