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Bac Ha

Sunday market

Food of bright color : Sunday market of Bac Ha

At 07:00 of third day's morning our minibus started to Bac Ha via Lao Cai town. It took about three hours (110km) ride from Sapa; we arrived Bac Ha around 10:00. As market is open from morning till noon on every Sunday, it was really good time to see them.



Items for sale

Sugar cane is height of hill tribe's popularity

Sugar cane is height of hill tribe's popularity



Wool

Handicrafts articles
Leaf of water tobacoo

Leaf of water tobacoo
Cow market

Cow and animals market



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Flower H'mong minority

Flower H'mong minority

Flower H'mong girls wore colorful traditional costume

H'mong tribe include several groups, there are Black H'mong, Red, Green, White and Flower H'mong. As when I saw tour schedule first I had no idea what they called 'Flower' H'mong, but now I understood. Their colorful skirts with embroider were so beautiful like flowers.



Her dress was so beautiful!

Her hat was so beautiful!
Lunch time

Lunch time
Smoked water tobacoo

Smoked water tobacoo



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After shopping

with donkey

On their way home with donkey



Souvenir

Souvenir to village were sugar cane



Took a short rest

Took a short rest : They also bought sugar cane



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Chinese border

Lao Cai is Chinese border town located 294km from Hanoi

Chinese

Lao Cai - Hekou border bridge in twilight

On our way Lao Cai railway station, our minibus stopped at lighted bridge that was Chinese border. This border is open daily from 07:00 to 17:00. Guidebook said there are direct train service between Hanoi and Kunming in China. I think this route is attractive way to visit Vietnam or China. Next time I'd try to cross the bridge.



At seven in the evening our tour finished at Lao Cai station. Then we took dinner at restaurant each other till a night train come. There are two night trains to Hanoi, 20:50 and 21:15, and mine was last one. After long walking through platform when I had put my baggage down on my seat English woman shouted it was her seat.

Night train

I couldn't understand that, but definitely our seat number with handwritten ticket was same. We made a protest to conductress and finally I forced to move another coach. Then it was all settled. Next morning at the Hanoi railway station my exhausting trip was also all settled.


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