Ha Giang Tourism offers fantastic sightseeing of the natural highlights, interesting ethnic culture, uniquely historical Hmong King Palace, etc., and especially Meo Vac Hill-tribe Market held every Sunday. Among the most iconic hill-tribe markets in Ha Giang Vietnam, Meo Vac always ranks top and can feast visitors’ eyes with the colorful traditional costumes of the Hmong ethnic minority and exciting crowds of buyers and sellers in and out.
What to Do in Meo Vac Hill-tribe Market
People keep sharing about the free-of-charge fun in Meo Vac that appeals to new guests who are wondering what to do in this place. First of all, set a target to attend a market session in the early morning (around 5:00 AM) though we know that there might be more other great things to do in Ha Giang. The visit will not disappoint you, for sure. In the beginning, you can expect to meet many happy, smiling faces accompanied by yours toward the cattle market.
Upon your arrival, the colorful booths of various local products will strike to the eyes. It’s your call to buy the cute items! And if you don’t want to buy, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy this valuable fun by watching and taking pictures of the Hmong symbolic costumes, bracelets, small glasses, turbans, etc. While men wear the long black dresses, women get on their most colorful tops, skirts, and scarves. Note that the natives sell things in a simple way; some merchants display their products on a small tray. If interested, you can try bargaining to get better deals. An interesting conversation or bargaining often results in a happy deal. Meanwhile, look around the livestock section, you can see the locals getting deals on the cattle, mostly the cows, piglets, chickens, ducks, and goats.
Next, place your focus on the food court with booths and counters of the delicious dishes. Located inside the market, these food stalls delivers the coziest and busiest atmosphere that exhilarates all market goers. Also, it offers the picturesque background with the ideal light conditions for photography. You’re likely to meet many Hmong people who are wearing the brightly-colored costumes and sharing the space in a delicious food stall. Opportunities to take pictures, learn the culture, and mingle with the locals are limitless. Not only does the market serve food, but it is also a venue for people to enjoy chatting after a long working week. Once a week, every Sunday, many individuals are looking forward to this gathering. The typical and indispensable food is “Thang Co” (a kind of the stewed horse meat). Besides, most men want to sample the corn wine before they leave.
If you are keen on fashion, think of Meo Vac as a miniature of the hill-tribe fashion world. Each garment of the elders, youths, men or women is all designed and mixed charmingly. In particular, the Hmong costume outfit is brightly colored with the combined accessories. It’s each individual’s sense of fashion and creativity to mix and match the accessories with their clothing to result in the charming outfit. The Ha Giang ethnic groups do love the flowery patterns and bright colors. Even a fabric to carry a baby can be embroidered with flowers. It’s known that the locals dye and embroider the garments by themselves which takes time and efforts to get a complete outfit.
Meo Vac Sunday Market is a Must to See in Ha Giang
It’s said that we should visit the local markets to understand how the locals live and work. And, this saying is absolutely correct for Meo Vac Sunday Market Ha Giang. This attraction is exciting, photogenic with the brightly colored outfits and the big livestock section, making it the largest hill-tribe market in the region and a must to see. Meo Vac is worth checking in for numerous great experiences that all city travelers might not find elsewhere.
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