Muong Khuong Market is a district of Lao Cai province

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

Muong Khuong Market is far from Lao cai 50km and 90 km from Sapa.

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

In here, there is special market on every Sunday, it’s Muong Khuong market.

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

Muong Khuong Market is the biggest of the minority here, gathered many products to sell.

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

Muong Khuong Market with a wide range of ethnic groups: Hmong, Dao, Nung, and merchants from other ethnic groups.

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

Muong Khuong market takes place on Sundays and is located in a small border town.

Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai Muong Khuong Market, Sapa, Lao Cai

Belonging to the Northwest land of Vietnam, Lao Cai is known with famous beauty spots like Sa Pa or Bac Ha. However, in recent years, besides these destinations, many visitors have another choice for their trip in Lao Cai. It is a land with gorgeous nature and unique cultural identity and called the upland district Muong Khuong  Market. This is also the place where colorful markets of ethnic minorities are held.

How to travel to Muong Khuong Market?

From the center of Lao Cai City, going north about 50km on National Highway 4D, tourists will set foot on Muong Khuong District. In the thin mist, Muong Khuong Market appears between high mountains and green tree ranges.

Not only having the miraculous beauty gifted by nature, Muong Khuong Market but maintains a lot of traditionally cultural values of upland peoples as well. One of the unique cultural features maintained by ethnic minorities in Muong Khuong Market is the weekly fair. This is an indispensable cultural activity in both material and spiritual life of ethnic groups here.

Muong Khuong Market is located in the center of Muong Khuong District, 50km from Lao Cai City. This market is held only once a week on Sunday. In the early morning, when Muong Khuong is still engulfed in dense fog, we can hear the sound of inhabitants haggling, buying or selling goods in the market.

What should you explore in Muong Khuong Market?

In such markets, upland peoples from every village in the district bring produce here to exchange and purchase. Chayote, cabbage, watercress, corn liquor, chicken, pork, Seng Cu rice or Muong Khuong chili sauce… All corners of the market are full of upland produce. Visiting the food area, tourists will be conquered by the scent of a bowl of “pho”, skewers of grilled fish, pork or grilled sausages… They will surely leave an unforgettable impression on tourists.

Muong Khuong Market also attracts tourists by the vivid and colorful picture of traditional clothes. The market is considered a true picture reflecting the life of upland residents. All relationships, economic and cultural exchanges and social activities… are shown in such a market. Individuals joining the market seem to be acquaintances of one another since both sellers and buyers are natives. Therefore, unlike transactions in urban markets, Muong Khuong Market is a place not only for buying and selling goods but also for sharing their emotions.

The unique trait of Muong Khuong Market is the area of horse market and especially the corner of bird market. Muong Khuong nightingale market is popular, so bird owners from everywhere gather here to buy the best birds in each fair. Despite lying in the edge of the market, this area is always bustling. Hundreds of people including both the old and the young spend hours watching birds. That evokes travelers’ curiosity and thereby they often stop here to discover interesting things. The sound of birdsong echoes through the upland district in the early morning. Birding, therefore, has become an elegant hobby which peoples in Muong Khuong still enjoy in each market.

Coming to the upland market, tourists also have the opportunity to admire colorful traditional clothes of boys and girls of ethnic minorities like Mong, Dao, Nung…Muong Khuong Market is an occasion for them to dress up and make new friends.

On the weekend, Muong Khuong Market is really a tourist attraction because of its hustle and bustle. Especially, this market appears to become a cultural feature of Lao Cai which brings tourists an insight into the cultural identity of an upland district in northwest Vietnam. So don’t forget to visit Muong Khuong Market to have more memorable experiences in your trip to Lao Cai!

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