just few kilometers away from Chinese border, on a hill top
amongst perfect nature setting, the Pha Long Market is a very
rural and seldom visited by tourists. Every Saturday morning,
local peoples from H,mong, Zao, Zay, Pa Zi, Tu Zi and Tu Lao,
the 3 small branches of the Bo Y group with just some thousands
inhabitants, living in the villages along the border gather.
Attending the market, It is quite easy to realize that many
peoples at the market know one another well because the population
of the region is small and relationship among the people is
strongly maintained. The market often over around noon and
it is a great experience to follow some local to their village
near by for an interesting discovery of local culture and
living way. The market surrounding area offers breathtaking
scenery of the mountain terrain featuring with lush forest,
pine plantations and terraced rice paddies which dominated
the low land and valleys.
* It takes 2 hours by road from Lao
Cai town (68km) and 3 hours from Sapa 95km.