Can Cau Market


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Can Cau Market

Can Cau market is a small village in the northern province of Lao Cai, Vietnam. It is located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, near the Chinese border. Can Cau is a popular destination for travelers looking to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region. From the terraced rice fields to the majestic mountains, Can Cau has something for everyone. In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your Sapa day trip to Can Cau. We will cover the best places to visit, the best activities to do, and the best places to stay. So, let’s get started!

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How Can Cau Market is unique?

Travel to Sima Cai almost tourist will surprised by the bustling scene of people who buy sellers of Can Cau market. What is the characteristic of Can Cau Market that attracts so many tourists? Introducing Can Cau market in Sapa by Origin Vietnam will help visitors know more about this famous one in Sapa.

Can Cau market is located in Can Cau commune, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province. The market is nearly 100km northeast of Lao Cai City center.

Can Cau Market was established at a time no one knew. But every Saturday, this market became a place to trade brocade items, food, handicrafts… of ethnic people living near here.

It’s one of two big markets that still retains the beauty of a fair in Lao Cai. Although the atmosphere of Can Cau market is not equal to Bac Ha market. But every time Can Cau market is opened, many tourists participating in Sapa tours are not afraid to go far to the market to visit.

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The campus of Can Cau market is more than 1 hecta. It’s located on the hillside. The whole market looks like 5 terraced fields standing on a unique road. Connecting Bac Ha town with Si Ma Cai town, Lao Cai. Each plot is a display of many diverse colors.

Among them, 3 plots are for sale of local handicrafts and specialties. Such as brocades, herbs, vegetables, handicrafts, etc., the remaining two plots sell ethnic minority dishes (corn wine , nuggets, victories) and household appliances like flashlights, brushes, pots, pans, cups, bowls …

In addition to 5 stalls selling goods above. It also has a large land area selling buffaloes. For every market meeting. There are hundreds of buffaloes from all the villages in Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai on this plot. Sapa tour with visiting Can Cau market. You will have a chance to learn more about the fair of highland people in Sapa and Lao Cai. Every time there is a market, there are a lot of tourists who do not manage the roads to go to this high market.

Discover Can Cau market session

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Can Cau market session – one of the attractive Sapa tourist destinations is only open once a week. So at 7am, the fair is very crowded. If visitors arrive a little early before the opening time, visitors will encounter a handful of hand-held ethnic people wearing a lot of brocade items, food, forest vegetables … to bring to market.

Pedestrians, horse riders, people carrying cattle … make the market atmosphere become lively and extremely bustling and full of voices and laughter.

Although the market is set up on the cliff. That you can easily walk to visit the market stalls. Items sold in the market are spread out on plastic sheets or placed on wooden tables for visitors to choose freely.

The most attention-grabbing items are brocades and specialties of ethnic minorities. Such as corn wine, Bac Ha plum, kohlrabi, bird-legged mushrooms…

It is worth a visit Can Cau market

The most prominent of the five market areas is probably the cattle area. Every time the market opens, there are hundreds of cattle. Especially buffaloes sold here. Therefore, Can Cau market is also called a buffalo market.

For Mong Hoa and Giay people buffaloes are considered an integral part of their farming life. Every time they go to market, they want to buy the best breeds of cattle to better serve their farm work.

In addition to buffaloes, which are the majority of cattle, cattle areas also sell cows, horses, donkeys, birds and even dogs. The animals associated with human life are gathered at the market to create a variety of goods traded in the market, making buyers have more options.

What Can Cau Market Specialist?

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The culinary area of Can Cau market is also quite attractive to many tourists. This area sells a lot of delicious dishes. Such as vermicelli, pho, triumphs, sticky rice, corn cakes, donuts… From the marketplace to the end. There is no time that Can Cau absent market buyers and customers travel to sightseeing and shopping.

Introduction about Can Cau market in Sapa tells a lot about the culture of Mong and Giay ethnic people in Lao Cai. If you have opportunity to visit Sapa Vietnam, come to Can Cau market to travel, buy brocade items and enjoy attractive Sapa specialties.


Can Cau Travel Guide is an excellent resource for anyone looking to explore the beautiful and unique region of Can Cau. With its detailed descriptions of the area’s attractions, activities, and accommodations, it provides a comprehensive overview of the area and its many offerings. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an Vietnam adventure-filled holiday, Can Cau Travel Guide has something for everyone. With its helpful tips and advice, it’s sure to make your trip to Can Cau a memorable one. Origin Vietnam wishes you a wonderful trip to Sapa.

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