There is no better way to indulge in the northern highland life and culture than a visit to a farmers' market.
The markets, which usually meet at the beginning of the year when the first signs of spring have appeared, are not only places for trading but for preserving the best, most original features of highlanders' communities. Expect to see a lot of fresh vegetables, hot beverages, and smiles.
Here is a collection of photos of such markets sent to a contest co-organized by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and Saigontourist.
A buffalo market in Lao Cai Province. Photo: Ha Loc
Colorful umbrellas at a highland market. Photo: Vu Duc Phuong
Women at a market in Ha Giang Province. Photo: Le Huu Dung
A pig for sale at a market in Ha Giang. Photo: Le Huu Dung
A highland market in Ha Giang. Photo: Le Huu Dung
Following mother to the market. Photo: Le Huu Dung
Women sell cakes for breakfast at a corner of Ha Giang market. Photo: Le Huu Dung
The poultry corner. Photo: Le Huu Dung
A local woman on her way to a market in Ha Giang Photo: Le Huu Dung