Can Cau - largest buffalo market in Vietnam's North West

(VOVWORLD) - The largest buffalo market in Vietnam’s northwestern region convenes every Saturday morning in Can Cau village, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province. This authentic and bustling market attracts hundreds of ethnic minority people who come to sell cattle and local products.
Can Cau market opens along the side of Road 153, 30 kilometers from Bac Ha town. It is surrounded by terraced rice fields and a view of rugged terrain that is truly awesome. On display are colorful handmade brocades, wild meats, fresh bamboo sprouts from the forest, farm produce, and farming equipment.

                                     The buffalo trading lot at Can Cau market (Photo: VOV)

On a large trading lot, hundreds of buffalos are for sale from different districts of Lao Cai and far-flung regions of Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northern-most province. They are sold for breeding, ploughing, or for meat. Sellers and buyers bargain good-naturedly and vigorously.

It may take several market sessions for a buyer to find the buffalo that meets his requirements. A seller may not sell any buffalo when the market is closed. Lu Van Dao takes his herd of buffalos to Can Cau from Bac Ha town at 4am. He has been a buffalo trader for 20 years. He may sell as many as 20 buffalos at a single market session. Ethnic people sell their buffalos in order to build a house, pay for their child’s marriage, or buy a new vehicle.

“The number of buffalos traded last year declined as a result of COVID-19. But it has bounced back this year. I’ve never missed a market session in the last 20 years. Ethnic people consider buffalos a treasure, the foundation of their business. Only when they desperately need money do they sell their buffalos,” said Dao.

From shortly after dawn until noon, the Can Cau market promotes ethnic culture. Mong, Black Dao, Tay, Nung, and Day ethnic minority people dress in their traditional costumes and sell their typical food specialties.

                                     The buffalo trading lot at Can Cau market (Photo: VOV)

Tran Thanh Linh, a tourist from Hai Duong province, said, “Can Cau market is unique. It’s less noisy than Bac Ha market. I come here not to buy buffalos but to look at everything, admire the beautiful ethnic women in their eye-catching clothes, and try the local food. Today I had buckwheat cakes, corn rice cakes, and ‘thang co’ - a soup made of horse meat and organs. The people here also invited me to drink some wine.”

Ethnic girls and boys come to Can Cau market to find a partner or at least a date. They sing and dance to the panpipes and play a spinning top to give pique to a partner’s interest. Many ethnic people have found the love of their life in Can Cau market.



Lighthouse of Ke ga

 Khe Ga Light house also called Ke Ga Light house, is away from Phan Thiet city about 30 km to the south. This designation due to the fact that the light house is located on a headland protruding out to the coast about 500m - like the head of a chicken.

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Khe Ga light house was built from 1897 to 1899, designed by French architect Chnavat, and is made entirely by marble materials with 65 m height above the sea. The light house is considered as one of the oldest and highest lighthouses in Vietnam and South east Asia. The 2000w lamp on the lighthouse is the construction signal for shipping.

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At night, the lamp lights up to 22 knots. Below is a square house with each side of 40 m, and 3 m deep of system water to serve for those guarding the tower. There are 184 steel spiral stairs leading to the top of the lighthouse. Today the Lighthouse is not only an unique architectural monument but also combined with Khe Ga island to form a stunning attraction for tourists.   

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In recent years Vietnam become popular destination in Asia. In addition, Vietnam is also ranked as the one of best attractive Golf destinations in Asia and the world in 2019.

In total Vietnam has over 80 golf courses across the country, in which 32 are at international level. We figure out that the number of country golfers reach 300,000 in 2025. Many golfers from EU, Korea, Japan, and South East Asia choose Vietnam for holiday and combine with golf play.

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