Lao Cai is a province in Northwestern Vietnam and famous for many unique fair markets that owned ethnic identity as well as the beauty in the daily life of the locals here. Coming to Lao Cai, visitors will surely hear the name of Coc Ly Market - a famous and interesting market that many tourists coming to Sapa should not miss the opportunity to explore.
Coc Ly market is held on every Tuesday. Although Coc Ly market size is not too large, this market is very meaningful and quite important for ethnic minorities living here. This market is not only a place to exchange goods but also a meeting place for many ethnic groups such as Mong Hoa, Dao Den, Nung people, etc. The goods displayed are mainly local products that are directly produced, some are goods brought from plains and a few imported from Chinese border gates.
Coc Ly market
Located beside Chay River, Coc Ly Market has a bustling atmosphere of a highland market. The name Coc Ly also means the roots of the plum tree, which has not been much affected by tourism. Ethnic people here come to the market not only to trade but also to talk with each other after a week of not meeting. Perhaps that is so different from the plain markets, Coc Ly Market gives people the feeling that they are participating in a festival of ethnic people in the Northwestern mountains. Participating in the Coc Ly highland market will give visitors the opportunity to better understand the life of the locals in Northwest highland of Vietnam, and moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping and cuisine.
Goods in Coc Ly market are very diverse
Besides the road from Bac Ha town, if you want to go to Coc Ly market, tourists can go by boat on Chay river, then walking about 3 km to reach Coc Ly market. If you choose the riverway, you must ask your hotel staff in advance to know if there are vehicles from the ferry station to the market.
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