The Chay River at Coc Ly, Lao Cai
The Chay River at Coc Ly, Lao Cai

Coc Ly Market – Lao Cai

Coc Ly Market is one of the most authentic ethnic markets in Lao Cai of which the gathering is once per week on Tuesday morning only. The road to Coc Ly was very bad earlier and the community was not that easily accessible then.

The Coc Ly Market is for the Coc Ly Commune of Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province. The market is 60km from Lao Cai provincial capital.

Flower Hmong ladies at the Coc Ly Market, Lao Cai
Flower Hmong ladies at the Coc Ly Market, Lao Cai

While it is smaller than the Bac Ha and Can Cau Markets, the Coc Ly Market has its own charm. It is small in area and very cozy. Still, it is colorful and atmospheric enough that you’ll have a great time. The areas for different types of goods look really neat and you’ll feel the laid back lifestyle of the mountain dwellers. The Flower Hmong are the most visible here for their lovely costumes. Besides, you’ll encounter ethnic people from different groups: Tay, Nung, Phu La, Black Dao…

Visiting the Coc Ly Market you can also visit a nearby old teak tree forest and ethnic villages. There are villages by the Chay River that you can visit on a 2-hour tour by boat and on foot. On the boat trip, you’ll travel past a few canyons and waterfalls which look just wild and sublime!