Lao Cai Overview
Lao Cai is a mountainous province located in northwest Vietnam about 6 hours away from Hanoi by car (it can be by train also, and take about 8 hours). Home of many famous tourist sites, ethnic hill tribes, this natural scenery is frequently visited by travelers looking to experience the life of the tribes in Sapa and enjoy amazing views of mountainside, endless rice terraces, waterfalls, and traditional ethnic villages.
Lao Cai, home of many famous destinations which travelers should visit such as Sapa, Bac Ha, Fansipan mountain, ethnic Villages,…
Visit local market in Bac Ha
From the capital of Hanoi, you can take an overnight train to Lao Cai Province which costs about 50 USD/person for a 2-way fare tickets with a sleeping bed in a sharing four-person per cabin. Upon arrival in Lao Cai Town, you can either hop on a bus or taxi to Sapa Town, which is located 34 kilometers (about 45 minutes away) from the train station.
Trekking to villages in Sapa
Sapa is very famous destination for travelers, which provide you a wide range of accommodation options, and activities, capture the natural sceneries. A must visit is the Cho Tinh Market, where you can see unmarried ethnic youths dressed in colorful costumes singing and playing traditional games every Saturday evening. The majority of these dates result in marriages come springtime in Sapa, which is why the market is also called Lover’s Market.
If you’re adventurous travelers, Lao Cai Province is good place for you to enjoy it. Visit the Fansipan Mountain, known as the tallest peak in Indochina countries, it boasts breathtaking views of mountain ranges and countryside within north-western Vietnam, as well as glimpses of Yulong Mountain in China. Trek to villages, experience local market to get all understanding about how local people trading, stay at homestay with a Hmong (such as Red, Black, Green and Flower Hmong) hill tribe family, where they can enjoy and learn more about their traditions and way of life.