Hill tribes’ handicraft, cloth, daily products, etc. Cheaper than shops in the village. Also many hill tribe ladies come to you to sell their products. Sapa shopping is characterized by the ever-present and persistent local women and girls trying to offload all manner of supposedly traditional handicrafts. “A genuine, authentic H’mong tea cosy ma’am?” We think not. Sadly, the constant stream of foreign tourists and their dollars has destroyed much of the innocent charm of the local hill tribe peoples from the villages close to Sapa, which is often the very thing their visitors are seeking!
The range of merchandise available in Sapa covers handicrafts from a large number of different hill tribes who trek surprisingly long distances to sell their products here.
It’s good to go shopping in Sapa. Get the best deals, learn about the best places to shop in Sa Pa, stop for some finger food, or relax in one of the Sapa Restaurants.
The different brightly colored and highly decorative fabrics and garment from the different hill tribes are popular purchases. Liquor is the hot item in Bac Ha. The list we have collected below should give you a place to start looking for that special something. We haven’t created a list since the central market (of both Sapa and Bac Ha) are really the only places you are likely to find anything you might be looking for.
Wild Orchid Shop: Cau May St., Sapa Town. This is a small shop with very colorful paintings about the daily life of minority people. An owner designs all the styles of minority people’s costumes, specializing in Homing and Dzao people. The cheapest thing in the shop is a small scarf at the price of US$3.
Local Handicrafts: Seems like every female you will meet from the age of 5 and up will try to sell you handcrafted goods. After a while you’ll stop wondering about all the goods because you see them making them, whenever they sit down for even one moment. They are very nice and colorful and make great presents when you go back home. Hats are great too, and they make a nice colorful collection on the wall. The price is about US$1-5 depending on how much you are willing to bargain and how nice the lady you bargain with is
Souvenirs and local handicrafts
Some bargaining is expected. To more you buy, the more discount you can get. If not sure, shop around before deciding what is the best price. Do check as quality and intricacy of design can vary.