Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair

On the journey to discover the green Luang Pu, visitors will encounter Pho Don fair which still remains many simple features and bear the characters of the highland in western Thanh Hoa. According to the general rule, Pho Don fair open twice a week, in Thursday morning and Sunday morning. From 7am to 9am, the approximately 1km long Lung Niem commune center is filled with people, full of bright colors if peaches, citrus, vegetables, bamboo shoots, forest Dong leaves... and the traditional costumes of Kinh, Thai, Muong... peoples creating a separate color of the fair in the highland ...

Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair

Pho Don, the name of a market appearing in the period of French domination, is located on in Lung Niem commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. This is the place of goods and cultural exchange of Kinh, Muong, Thai ethnics of the communes around, the people in Tan Lac, Lac Son… districts of Hoa Binh province.

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The thing setting the impression on tourists coming to Pho Don fair is the exchange commodities of equal values culture. Sometimes, people do not buy things by money, for example, a chicken could be exchanged for two dozen of eggs and a bunch of vegetable but both sides still feel comfortable and happy. Along with that, there are many people from lowland coming and purchasing agricultural products such as dried bamboo shoot, chayote, glutinous rice planted on the terrace... to bring to lowland and supply for Tet market (in the days near Tet).
Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair
The fair becomes more crowded in the broad daylight
Right from the early morning, when the first watch cock- crow resounds in the silent night, people from the highland villages call each other noisily to go to the market. The farthest area is the 3 villages of Son - Ba - Muoi, Kit, Toong Hoong, people have to pass more than 10 kilometers of rugged mountain road, carry baskets of goods to the marketplace. People in some villages such as Pa Pan, Eo Ken… of Thanh Son commune also have to walk in 3 hours, or residents of Co Lung Commune have to get up at 5 am and walk 7 km to reach the fair.

Pho Don fair bears the features of a market in the highland with mainly the subsistence goods. Goods are simple but quite rich in types with produces such as brocade, wine, forest vegetables, insects, fresh fruit ...
Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair
Produces sold in Pho Don fair are mainly those planted by local people
Down the slopes are typical items of highlanders. Sometimes, goods are just several hamster, bunches of watercress grown in the garden, chickens fed on hills, hands of green banana, palm seeds, some fruits picked in the garden or a newly woven piece of Brocade… but people do not mind the long distances and carry them to the fair. It is not difficult hard to encounter the image of the women carrying a basket of chayote, pumpkin, bitter melon, corn, cabbage or glutinous rice planted in terraces ... on their back wandering up hills and down the streams to take them to the market.

For people here, going to market not only to buy and sell goods but also to exchange culture, to meet and talk to each other. Besides, many Kinh people from lowland also go to this fair to buy upland produces and sell the essential items such as clothing, shovels, metal tools, buckets, blankets ... to meet the demand of local residents.
Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair

Pho Don fair contributes to enrich the material and spiritual life of people living in the highland Western of Thanh Hoa province. At the same time, it helps preserve the unique culture of ethnic minorities here.

Visiting Thanh Hoa and Going to Pho Don Fair

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