Right next to the suspension bridge over the Chay river is Coc Ly market. The market is not big, but it is very important for ethnic minorities in the west of Bac Ha district near Sapa Vietnam. Meeting once a week on Tuesday, Coc Ly is a meeting place, exchanging goods of Hoa Mong people, Dao dog people (also known as Black Dao) and Nung people.
Like other upland markets near Sapa Vietnam…
Like other upland markets near Sapa Vietnam in Coc Ly people sell everything, from local products to utensils brought from below or from China. People go to the market not only to shop but also to play, eat, meet, exchange and find friends. There are separate zones here; such as the area selling buffalo, selling horses, selling fruit, living and dining items. Visitors will be able to see with their own eyes the costumes of the ethnic groups and hear their voices. The Hmong girls are dressed in colorful and shy dresses with umbrellas covering their heads. They often gather at the bridgehead to show off their clothes and more importantly, to find friends. This is also the difference of Coc Ly market compared to many other markets of ethnic minorities.
After visiting the market, visitors can board a boat down the Chay river. The river is very beautiful and poetic with many sections constricted by two vertical mountain ranges and the other sections widen with distant views. On both sides are beautiful sandy beaches, villages of the Tay and H’mong people, many white waterfalls that look like white silks fluttering in the wind. The boat will stop at Tien cave for you to discover the amazing beauty of stalagmites that have been accumulated for millions of years. The cruise ends at Bao Nhai bridge. The car will wait for you there to return to Sapa Vietnam or Bac Ha. This is a very attractive and useful tourist route that few people know about. It is very suitable for tourists who love to learn about culture and love nature.
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