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Sa Phin Market, Dung Van, Vietnam.

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We visited the Sa Phin Market on a photosafari trip last Nov. The market days are fixed according to the H’mong calendar. We were lucky to be able to visit this market on the second last day of our visit to Dong Van.

Sa Phin is situated about 1 kilometre from the Chinese border. On market day, ethnic groups from H;mong, Lo Lo, Dao and Day ethnic tribes dressed in their traditional Sunday best would converge to this market to sell their wares catering for the daily needs of the local folks. The goods sold here were as diverse as those sold in other small town markets. Some of the goods sold here were traditionally weaved fabric, bamboo furniture, machineries, tools, corn wine, rice, cooking oil, toys and live cows, pigs, and chicken.

If one is visiting this region, Sa Phin Market should be placed high on the must visit list.

 

A cow on display. Waiting for a buyer

A cow on display. Waiting for a buyer

 

Pigs for sale. Pork is the main meat consumed by the locals

Pigs for sale. Pork is the main meat consumed by the locals

 

A local pub serving local beer and corn wine.

A local pub serving local beer and corn wine.

 

Food centre

Food centre

 

A family having breakfast

A family having breakfast

 

Vendors selling items for prayers

Vendors selling items for prayers

 

A vendor selling bananas

A vendor selling bananas

 

Vendor selling rice and corn

Vendor selling rice and corn

 

Pots and pans

Pots and pans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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