Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Bac Ha

Bac Ha, the largest town in this northern region of Vietnam, is famed for its colourful Sunday market - a pivotal meeting place for the local ethnic minorities.

Bac Ha Map

Home to the Red & Flower Hmong minorities, Bac Ha comes alive on market day as tribal groups don their best traditional costumes and meet to stock up on produce, sell their wares, and socialise. This colourful bazaar overflows with goods, from delicate embroidery to lacquerware, livestock and food stalls, and is a fascinating place to witness the diversity of northern Vietnam's minority cultures.

Hoang A Tuong Castle is one of the area's architectural highlights, combining Western and Asian influences in a vast, incongruous, colonial-style mansion complex. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century for a local tribal chief, the complex is just 300 metres from the market and overlooks the Bac Ha valley.

Bac Ha itself is not a picturesque town, but it's a quieter alternative to the tourist hub of Sapa - and the surrounding countryside, characterised by mountain forests and rice terraces, is well worth a couple of days' exploration.

Recommended Accommodation in Bac Ha

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Bac Ha.