Sapa Market

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Sapa Market
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Ethnic handicrafts from local minority women.
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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia2,337 contributions
May 2019
It took about 30 minutes to walk from Chapa Dew hotel to Sapa market with the help of GPS. The view around Sapa town is amazing and charming. When approaching Sapa market, we saw there were some tourist buses at the car park however when we got into the market, most of the shops were closed. Maybe we went at wrong timing (around 2pm +). The hall is big and there are 2 floors full with stalls. Since many of the shops were closed we just quickly went through the stalls where they were selling almost same things. It is a local Vietnamese style market.
Written 6 April 2020
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Michael P
Sapa, Vietnam4,241 contributions
Sep 2019
Having spent the better part of the past four rice growing seasons in Sa Pa District, I know this market very well as I often stay in a small family-run hotel directly across the street from it.

This is the “new” market, which replaced the original market on Cầu Mây Street, a few hundred meters from the town center. The old market, was in operation for many decades, was finally demolished last year (2019).

Situated between the “old” and “new” bus stations, the market can be quite busy first thing in the morning when the locals operate a morning market on the opposite side of the street. However, it is generally pretty quiet Monday through Friday. Saturday mornings are somewhat busy, but Sunday morning is the big market day when the Black Hmong people from the furthest reaches of the district come to trade.

Here you will encounter Hmong folks, both men and women, in their finest traditional costume, selling plants, honey, clothing, hemp cloth, and hand-crafted knives. I find these out-of-towners interesting as they often do not speak English and have no interest in us, tourists.

Another easily recognizable ethnic group at the market are the Giáy people. Their modern costume includes black pants, colorful scarves, and handmade shirts that are also popular with their Black Hmong neighbors. In addition to the shirts, many Giáy ladies sell sticky-rice carefully packed in bamboo tubes, a rice cigar of sorts.

The building itself is a rather uninspiring two-story concrete affair that is unlikely to win any awards for architectural achievement. Vendors on the ground floor sell the same souvenirs and knock-off clothing (The North Face) that can be purchased all over northern Vietnam. Shoppers are advised to determine the fair price of items, before making a purchase. I promise you that negotiating (haggling) over prices is perfectly acceptable in this market.

At the east end of the ground floor, there is a “food court”, of sorts, that caters primarily to local minority people. Few Westerners dare to eat here which is a shame as it offers a truly authentic and unique dining experience.

On the street, adjacent to the food court, is a traditional wet-market that on busy days often expands to include the entire backside of the building.

The market’s second story is mostly occupied by clothing vendors who sell the same sorts of things that be found on the ground floor. This part of the market could easily be skipped if it weren’t for the Black Hmong and Red Dao gals who have set up workshops in the building’s east end, above the food court.

The women work on simple Chinese made sewing machines that are surrounded by mountains of handicrafts, new and second-hand traditional clothing, silver jewelry and accessories. Dig through the piles of trinkets and you will surely find some hidden gems, but do not settle on the first price, as everything is highly negotiable.

Another reason I find this market interesting is that it is an important trading hub not only for the residents of Sa Pa District but also for minority people from neighboring Lai Chau and Yen Bai Provinces. Many Flower Hmong from Yen Bai regularly come here to sell their beautiful hand-made clothing and I have been very fortunate to meet Black Dao, Tai Lu and Hmong people from Lai Chau.
Written 1 April 2020
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2014NG
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This place was set up by the French so they could procure local produce from the locals (our guide said so). Lots of weird and wonderful produce, herbs and local wares. Fair share of cheap junk too. Animal lovers should avoid the meat & poultry section. Stay on the outside of the produce market to appreciate the different types of vegetables, mushrooms and fruits.
Written 23 December 2019
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,716 contributions
Dec 2019
an inhouse market on two floors in a big building, with cloths (ethnic fabrics and cheap casual) and other stuff. the green market is outside around the building and a bit more interesting. all together nothing special, but ok, it's a market.
Written 1 December 2019
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nisimbarda
Kfar Saba, Israel655 contributions
Oct 2019
many small shop with authentic products, handcrafts , fruits and vegetables, worth a visit for market lovers
Written 8 October 2019
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HanieSyakirah
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia88 contributions
Jul 2019
We decided to go to Sapa market in town by motorcycle. It was located nearly 3km from our hotel. There were a lot of souvenirs and herb shops on the ground floor and on the second floor there were shops selling clothes/shoes and Hmong ethnic section. On another part, Sapa Market was still a hive of colorful activity outside, with fresh produce, a butcher's section not for the squeamish and hill-tribe people from surrounding villages heading here most days to sell handicrafts.
Written 6 August 2019
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Tiphani Readett
6 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We traveled time outside of Hanoi to see the community, and that is loaded with individuals from around the globe. Its a favorite location for hikers plus wine enthusiasts. People who exist there appear needy but content. There
are a great deal of small locations and also hotels for massages, lots of religious tours.
Be cautious who you are making eye contact with since they are going to want to market you something
Written 4 August 2019
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Clair
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Friends
Absolutely fantastic
Great guide (perfect English). Amazing scenery. Cute villages. Fantastic comfortable home stay. All three meals very good food. Couldn’t have been better!
Written 24 July 2019
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Role
United States221 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
I’m gonna keep it shorty. Not fancy, but anything you need they have it good prices you can bargain a little if you see fit.
Written 6 July 2019
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Joe
Sarawak, Malaysia369 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
i have to mentioned again that i love this place so much. i was lucky to see the tribe from around this area to gather at the market selling their produce.

their native costume is amazing. i know it is not easy to see those little kids that travel with their family and selling their produce at the market. but who is the one to judge them based on our standard. they look happy with their life. i do envy that they are not tied to the material world like me.

choose your date and hopefully you can enjoy others culture here.
Written 1 May 2019
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