Photo Essay: Streets of Bac Ha Market, Vietnam

Bac Ha in the highlands of Vietnam is famous for its colorful Sunday Market, where the ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and hills come by foot, by motorscooter, by horse, and by water buffalos for their chance to socialize, eat, drink, smoke, get a haircut, and buy produce and meat for the next week.

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Bac Ha Market (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/640 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 320)

ABOVE: First photo taken when I arrived at this market. This lady seemed to be heading in to the market to join the crowd of local villagers in their Sunday market shopping.

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Bac Ha Market (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/250 Sec at f/5.6, ISO 400)

ABOVE: Day out in the market with daddy. Two adorable girls in their traditional colorful dresses came out with their father (behind) to the market. The father was leading a caribou up the market, so I assume they were going to the livestock market to sell their bull.

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Bac Ha Market (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/250 Sec at f/6.3, ISO 160)

ABOVE: Rain came suddenly, fortunately it wasn’t hard and I had an umbrella. Here the locals are just waiting the rain out under this building. Love the white bull, which is the only one I saw during my entire trip in Southeast Asia!

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Bac Ha Market (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/320 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 100)

ABOVE: There were endless type of goods being sold at this market. This lady was selling her home made broom.

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Bac Ha Market (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/125 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 100)

ABOVE: The Bac Ha Market also is a place where locals get their haircut.

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