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Muong Hum market

Muong Hum market
Muong Hum market is one of very few markets that still retains the features of traditional hill tribef markets in northern Vietnam. Muong Hum market often hold on every Sunday on open flat land at the bottom of a large and beautiful valley by a small river and terraced rice paddies surrounding. This is known as a large and important market in the northwest region of Lao Cai Province as well as one of the most interesting Sunday market in Lao Cai province.

It is very different from Sapa and Bac Ha market which you can easily visit if you have Sapa tour, because they are held inside the district townships, but Muong Hum Market is not. On the other weekday, this are is often quiet, but on Sunday, when the market is opened, it became more crowded and busy withthe very large variety of the ethnic minority peoples to attend.

It is quite easy to be distinguished which minority they are, just depending on their traditional clothes. For example, the flower H’mong wear thick embroidered yellow, red skirts and blouses while the Red H’mong like thinner red embroidered patterns on light batik background; In contrast, the Black H’mong wear dark indigo with just some decorative motive at the end of the shirt sleeves and round the neck. Red Zao and Zao Tuyen wear black trousers and shirts with nice yellow embroidery motifs and decorative headgears including bells and silver chains. The clothes of Zay, Tay and Ha Nhi people when they attend the market are less colorful but no less beautiful.


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