Pieng Lao Stream in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai boasts breathtaking scenery and plays a significant transportation role but locals dream of having a bridge built so they can cross more easily.
Local people in Bat Xat District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai are very proud of their stunning Peing Lao Stream. Crossing the stream is also the only way to get to one of the district’s biggest markets, Muong Hum. On market day, hundreds of people, horses, motorbikes, trucks, etc. will wade across the stream to the market.
A village patriarch living near Muong Hum Market proudly said that this is the biggest market in Bat Xat District. “We are having more and more visitors from neighbouring districts, even foreign visitors arriving from Sapa,” he said.
According to a local teacher, Nguyen Thi Ngoan, wading across big streams like this used to be very familiar with local ethnic people in mountainous areas. “But nowadays, maybe only Bat Xat people are still having to wade across such a long stream,” Ngoan said. “We all want to have a bridge so that we can cross it more safely.”
DTiNews captures some photos of the beautiful Pieng Lao Stream on a recent market day: