This highland market shows off the charms of Vietnam's bucolic life

By Hanh My, Thanh Nien News

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People visit Sa Phin Market to sell and buy home-grown products or simply to have a good chat

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 Sa Phin Market in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang meets every six days from early morning until around 4 p.m. The market is around 140 kilometers from the province downtown. The market stands 1,500 meters above sea level and offers a great view of mountains and an entire city. Photo: hachi8
 Most people coming to the market are members of the H’Mong ethnic group. Because the meeting day is set back one day from the previous week’s, hence the nickname “backward market.” Photo: hachi8
 Women check out traditional fabrics and clothes at a stall. Photo: hachi8
A woman feeds her grandchild breakfast at the market. Photo: hachi8
A woman sells sticky rice from a bucket. She still uses the manual scale which can no longer be found in most parts of the country, and yet plastic bags have managed to make their way up here. Photo: hachi8
These women sell home-grown rice at the market. Buyers do not need to bargain at the market. Photo credit: Le Thuong/VnExpress
A booth selling cakes made from sticky rice and buckwheat. Photo: hachi8
 Men drink corn wine at the market. Photo credit: Le Thuong/VnExpress
 Sa Phin is also known as a love market as many couples, and even former lovers, choose to meet here. Photo credit: Le Thuong/VnExpress
A man sells construction and working tools. 
Shoe fixers at the market. Photo: hachi8
Home-grown vegetables displayed for sale at the market. Photo credit: Le Thuong/VnExpress
Herbal medicine sold at the market. Photo credit: Le Thuong/VnExpress
 People walk home as the market closes. Photo: hachi8

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