On a recent trip to Vietnam, we visited the Bac Ha Market in the northern mountain area of Vietnam. This was one of the last stops on our itinerary of a 14 day photographic journey. We were set to meet in the hotel lobby at 5:30AM and walk over to the market before the locals arrived. It was a dark and rainy day and there was much grumbling within the group about visiting another market in the rain. In spite of the time and weather conditions the overall thinking was that having traveled all that distance it would be a shame to miss out on some additional local culture. We were not disappointed. There were lots of colorful umbrellas and ponchos which added a new dimension to the outside portion of the market. I wondered inside to get out of the rain and was particularly taken by the beautiful embroidered items. These hats were intricately stitched with bright colors and designs. I was able to purchase placemats and pillow covers with the same artistic stitching for a fraction of what it would cost in the USA.