Bac Ha Market is about 65 miles away from Sapa. The name Bac Ha came from the local language of Tay people, “Pac ha” means “hundred bundles grass”. In French colonial time, the French recorded “Pac ha” was Pakha by Latin alphabet.
The Viet (Kinh) people recorded as Bac Ha market since then it became the official name of this land. In addition, Bac Ha is also called a nickname “white highlands”, because a numerous of plum and apricot trees are grown in Bac Ha market, every year when spring comes Bac Ha is covered in the white of blossom flowers and the name “white highlands” is derived from it.
Bac Ha is located in North East of Lao Cai Province with an elevation of about 1.000m above sea level, Bac Ha has many beautiful natural landscapes and historical sites. Together with beautiful landscapes gifted by nature such as stunning mountains, rivers, and caves, unique local culture. Bac Ha is home to 10 ethnic group minorities that live around Bac Ha, including Flower H’mong, Dzao, Giay (Nhang), Han (Hoa), Xa Fang, La Chi, Nung, Phu La, Thai and Thu Lao and Viet (Kinh) people.
Nature and local culture have created for Bac Ha a rich tourism potential with several styles of travel such as relaxing tours, eco-tours, cultural tours and adventure tours. In recent years, tourism economy of Bac Ha has prospered, the number of visitors to the Bac Ha more and more crowded.
One of Bac Ha’s main industries is the manufacture of homemade alcohols. (rice wine, cassava wine, and corn liquor). The corn hooch produced by the Flower H’mong is so potent it can ignite! Bac Ha is the only place in Vietnam where you’ll find this particular moonshine; there’s an entire area devoted to it at the Sunday market. Swill some down before deciding whether to buy a buffalo or cow.