Can cau market (cho can cau) northern vietnam tickets & tours

Can Cau market is a colourful local market in the North of Vietphái mạnh. This authentic & bustling market attracts hundreds of ethnic minority people dressed in their stunning traditional clothes. Can Cau market is also the largest buffalo market in the north-west of Vietphái mạnh, with hundreds of buffaloes are sale.

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Can Cau market: ethnic minority market in Vietnam

“Be careful!”, a smiling young man is winking at us. A cloud of dust và yelling make us turn our heads. Two buffaloes are charging at each other right behind us – we are at Can Cau market in the North of Vietphái nam.

With the impact of globalisation, the traditional culture is barely surviving worldwide. The more remote the area, the higher the chances that the culture is alive sầu. In the remote north of Vietnam, with its rugged terrain và difficult access, many hill tribe villages managed to lớn preserve their culture, including their traditional clothes. The best way to lớn see its beauty is to lớn visit local markets attended by the ethnic minority people from various remote villages. Can Cau market is one of these places.

At 6am, when it’s still dark và cold, and fog densely covers the mountains & terraced rice fields, we are riding on our motorbike on the serpentine road from Si Ma Cai khổng lồ Can Cau market. Whatever the weather, the market starts shortly after dawn.

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Locals start flocking lớn the market with the first light of the day. Some people walk for several hours but the distance doesn’t discourage them from coming to this important weekly sự kiện.

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Can Cau market is the place to lớn encounter many ethnic minority people.

Located in the mountains near the Chinese border, Can Cau market attracts different ethnic minorities, mainly the Flower Hmong muốn, the Blue Hước ao và the Giay (pronounced “Zay”). The Hmong are easily recognised by their colourful traditional costumes, predominantly orange for the Flower Hước ao & xanh for the Blue Hý muốn. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any Giay. Or maybe they were invisible among muốn the riot of colours of the Hao ước.

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Hmong’s bright colours are everywhere – red, yellow, orange, blue… Not surprising as the Flower Hhy vọng have sầu one of the most colourful clothes aước ao different ethnic minorities in Vietnam giới.

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Traditionally, Flower Hmong muốn women wear colourful embroidered blouses & skirts pleated with many meters of fabric và decorated with front và bachồng skirt panels. The skirts’ length varies from knee to ankle. Some women wear long bouffant skirts và shoes on hills making them look very elegant. Olga feels somewhat clumsy in her fancy Gore-tex shoes.

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Flower Hmong mỏi women’ outfit also includes bright plaid headscarves and wraps on their calves, a strip of embroidered và colourful fabric wrapped from the knee down. The Flower Hhy vọng traditional attire could easily make jealous many fashion designers.

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We are wandering around Can Cau market admiring ethnic minorities’ traditional clothes, and discovering what is on offer. The market has all kinds of goods, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, clothes, fabrics, rice & corn wine and many other things.

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Most of the locals are doing their business & aren’t paying attention to us, except for a few business-savvy Hước ao women trying khổng lồ sell their colourful embroidered bags.

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Many women are busy buying clothing. They are meticulously picking traditional blouses, skirts, beautifully embroidered shirt collars, sleeves, wraps of all kinds, bags, purses, and jewellery.

Unfortunately, traditional clothes are becoming a rare sight. Machine-made synthetic clothes “Made in China” are all over the market. Traditional Flower Hhy vọng skirts, pleated with many meters of fabric, are so heavy, hot and expensive sầu lớn make that women easily trade them for cheap Chinese imitations.

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Can Cau market is the biggest buffalo market in the north-west of Vietnam.

Can Cau market is known as the largest buffalo market in the north-west of Vietnam giới. Each Saturday it attracts hundreds of buffalo owners.

Around 7am, the buffalo area is already very busy and crowded with buffaloes, their owners và stocky buffalo dealers. The atmosphere is lively & vibrant.

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All of a sudden, we hear some noise and yelling. Just behind us, two hefty buffaloes are charging at each other. Locking horns and pushing each other, these usually slow and gentle-looking animals become real beasts. Looks like two hot-tempered males are seriously clashing. But as a local explains to lớn us, there are occasionally organised buffalo fighting khổng lồ demo the strength of the animal before deciding on buying.

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The buffalo fighting is popular. It attracts the crowds, who take the best viewing (& the most secure) positions in anticipation of the fight. As for us, we just happened to be right near the fighting buffaloes!

The fight was short, and once it’s over, the business is baông xã to lớn normal. Potential buyers are slowly moving around, leisurely but carefully inspecting the animals.

Once they spotted a good one, the non-interest disappears from their face, và hard bargaining begins. As soon as the price is agreed upon, & the hands are shaken, the happy buyer leads the buffalo baông xã khổng lồ his new trang chủ, và the ex-owner puts heavy packs of dongs in his pocket. A buffalo is expensive. The prices usually ranges from VND10 million lớn VND20 million ($500 – $1,000) or even higher.

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Many locals wait until the kết thúc of the market lớn buy the buffaloes left without buyers (with crippled legs, weak or too thin) at low prices so that they could fatten them up at home page và sell at a profit.

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Different languages of the ethnic minority people are heard at the market together with some Chinese. Can Cau market is just near the Chinese border, & Chinese dealers from Yunnan province come to Vietnam giới khổng lồ buy buffaloes for meat to lớn serve sầu their Muslyên ổn community. While Chinese dealers buy the animals for meat, the Vietnamese buy svào buffaloes for ploughing their rice paddies.

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Ahy vọng all this trade going on, some lively Hmong women are playing the role of money exchanger.

We recently visited Sanpatong buffalo market, one of the biggest buffalo markets in northern Đất nước xinh đẹp Thái Lan. Although it’s all about selling & buying buffaloes, the two markets are different – the atmosphere, the vibe, the people etc.

Can Cau market is the place khổng lồ try some local specialities.

After 9 am the market becomes even more chaotic & cramped. It’s crowded, noisy, và muddy. It’s full of colours, sounds, and smells. Choking smoke is coming from the grills of numerous food stalls. It reminds us that we are hungry.

Plenty of food is being cooked and eaten everywhere, và some sights and smells aren’t for the faint-hearted.

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Many food stalls are selling noodle soup with pink-coloured noodles, or sour noodles, a local speciality from Bac Ha.

Another interesting dish is Thang Co. This traditional Hmong dish, cooked in a giant pot, combines all kinds of innards, bones, fat and meat (beef, pork, buffalo or horse). In other words, the soup makes use of what was left of the animals after their best parts have sầu been taken.

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We take our seats ahy vọng the colourful locals. Olga, always eager to lớn try something new, immediately gives a try to lớn Thang Co. Well, definitely, the best parts of the meat have been taken… But the sour noodle soup is delicious! These pink-coloured noodles have a stronger taste compared khổng lồ the usual Trắng noodles, & give sầu a soup a particular flavour.

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Once we sat around the table, we immediately attract attention of the locals. From nowhere, the glasses full of corn wine appeared in front of us, và we didn’t even notice how we ended up saying “Cheers” after a few glasses.

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We had a great time eating và drinking with the smiling locals, & trying to communicate with the body language. After several (too many) shots, Olga started worrying about the mountainous road waiting for us on our way to lớn Bac Ha. But the road proved to be easier than saying “No” to the locals pouring more wine. We finally managed lớn get up from the table before our glasses were filled in again, và safely made it to Bac Ha.

Can Cau market is smaller và lesser-known market than its neighbour, Bac Ha market. But this is what makes it special. This is a local market for local people, a genuine ethnic minority market.

Can Cau market used khổng lồ be a remote market, rarely visited by tourists. With the appalling condition of the road leading lớn Can Cau, only a handful of hard-core motorxe đạp riders, in search of off-the-beaten-path places, used lớn make it through. Now, with a new paved road built between Bac Ha & Can Cau, the market sees a growing number of tourists. However, it remains a local traditional market, full of colour and culture, with its rural atmosphere & friendly ethnic minority people.