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Coc Ly is the most fresh and unspoiled market of the region, on a bank of the Chay River inhabited by the Flower H'mong Minority people.

The Flower H'mong traditionally wear a distinctive and bright coloured costume. They are a gentle, softly spoken people who live in the steep mountainous country close to the Chinese border. Because Coc Ly is more remote than Sapa, the dress and way of life is more traditional than in the large centers.

Same as Can Cau market, Coc Ly is a small rural market nested itself off the beaten track amongst green and fabulous forest. At the crowded hours from 09.00 to 11.00, the market place is dominated by the red and yellow colors from traditional costumes of the Flower H’mong women, dotted with black color of the Black Zao and dark blue from the Tay. The H’mong and Zao from up mountain villages come to the market mainly on foot with their horses carrying their selling while the Tay live along the Chay River use their wooden boats.

The market deals in fruit, vegetable, pork and chickens, in addition to colourful fabrics and items of traditional dress. There is a buffalo sale in progress and many of these placid animals are tethered close to the market.

The best way for tourists is to take the road trip to the market and the boat downstream the Chay River for a few hours to explore this untouched area.

Opening: On every Tuesday
Closed time: at 14:00
Best time to visit: From 09:00 Am to 11:00 AM
How to get there: the road trip takes 1.5 hour from Lao Cai or Bac Ha (about 55km) and 2 and a half hours from Sapa (90km)

 

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