Please enjoy exploring the Bac Ha Market. I have also included Sapa Town Travel Photography.
The Hmong people are very colourful people but the most colourful tribe would have to be the Flower Hmong who we met at the Bac Ha Market – a 2.5 hour ride from Sapa Town. This is where many tribes gather and sell fresh food, clothing, gorgeous handmade crafts, dolls, water buffalo and other animals. There is so much to choose from, it is hard not to go home with everything. The ladies who do most of the selling are very clever and will walk with you and ask you how you are and where you are. They are very sweet and try their best to sell, sell, sell!!
When we were in Sapa Town I promised to come back and see some Red Dao women to do some more shopping. I did just that and I was well looked after, negotiating a deal where I could wear one of the Red Dao ‘hats’ and have a few photos taken. Many people gathered to watch the tourist wearing traditional headwear. It was great fun and the ladies were very accommodating. We bought some lovely presents for family back home.
The Bac Ha Markets Tour was organised by the amazing social enterprise Sapa O’Chau. I love what they do and find their organisation inspiring. Here is an extract from their website:
“Many people who visit Sapa become inspired to give something back. With the help of four Australian volunteers, Shu Tan, a young single mother from the Black Hmong tribe, was able to turn her dream of helping her people into a reality. Working together, they funded the first Hmong owned homestay in Sapa and established a socially conscious trekking service. Running on the social enterprise blueprint, Sapa O’Chau put the money earned back into the community through projects such as providing winter clothes to children and improvements to the village schools.”
I hope you enjoy my Sapa Town Travel Photography and also all the colour at the Bac Ha Market!