Sapa Market
Sapa Market
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Ethnic handicrafts from local minority women.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Singapore, Singapore420 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Nothing special here to be honest. The building is a little interesting but it's neglected and dirty and the same things on sale here as outside.
Written 23 November 2023
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@Benjamin_12
Hanoi, Vietnam9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Terrific !!!
My friends and i went out for dinner at Cho Que Quan - Good at mostphere, good location, nice decoration. we ordered 1 vietnamese banna blossum salad, 1 assorted Plate of chicken.. all were perfect, it's the best ever we have had in Sapa VietNam. Highly recommended.
Written 19 November 2023
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Hana Pham
Asia43 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
This is the new market. First floor mostly sells cheap souvenirs. To see the truly locally crafted products, go up stairs and look for the old ladies in traditional local ethnic outfits. They can't speak English very well but they're super friendly and not pushy. People with keen eyes can really buy good vintage handwoven fabrics and cute souvenirs (like soft toys or small pouches).
Written 16 August 2023
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand5,286 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
A very good local market, the fruit and vegetables and the wet meat sections were both really good. No problems with us walking through taking photos. Well worth a look, not far from the bus park or the top end of the lake.
Written 24 July 2023
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bisonbison
Calgary, Canada73 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Went on Sunday morning around 9:30am. It was hard to find directions but the market was east of the lake, past the bus yard until you see a two story building with vendors. There were almost no traditional textiles (perhaps these vendors now go to Bac Ha?) But it was not very touristy and not very busy. Many ethnic minorities were there to purchase and sell food and goods. We didn't get harassed and found the experience quite pleasant, though not as bustling or busy as expected.
Written 23 April 2023
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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
Laos6,453 contributions
Sept 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, Switzerland1,848 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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