Cao Son market is located in Cao Son commune, Muong Khuong district, Lao Cai province, 80 kilometers far from Lao Cai city.
Visiting the market, tourists will have opportunity to interact with the ethnic minority people and explore the cultural features of four largest mountain villages in Muong Khuong.
A corner of highland market
From Lao Cai city, visitors follow national highway 4D to reach Phong Nien commune, Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province, then continue following provincial 153 you will come to the Bao Nhai bridge in Bao Nhai commune, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. From here, tourists can go 30 kilometers to the north to Cao Son market.
You can choose several ways to go to the market and the most interesting way is taking a boat to enjoy the poetic and romantic landscape.
Taking place every Wednesday, Cao Son market is a small market of four ethnic groups of Hmong, Phu La, Dao and Black Han in Muong Khuong district.
From a far distance, the market is highlighted amongst the forests and mountains of the North Vietnam. Groups of people in colorful costumes are carrying baskets of goods on the backs walking on the road to the market.
Like other highland market, Cao Son market is divided into separate sections:
Some mountainous specialities such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, hone, corn wine, sticky rice, housewares, jewelry… are sold in a separate area. The most attractive place is brocade stalls with the eye-catching colors and vivid designs. These products show the talent of ethnic women from annealing fiber, weaving, dyeing to embroidering.
However, the most attractive area is the place selling poultry, cattle such as buffalos, cows, pigs, chicken, dogs, horses…
A woman selling vegetable
The food area also leaves deep impression on tourists. You will be easily overwhelmed by the flavors of cuisines: the fragrance of Thang Co ( a special food made of horse meat), spicy taste of ethnic wine such as Coc Dam corn wine or Coc Ngu corn wine…
Visiting Cao Son market, tourists will have a chance to enjoy culture interference of some ethnic groups living along Chay rive in
. Especially, you can take a boat trip on the river to enjoy the peaceful landscape.