All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Lai Chau

Lai Chau is a north-western border province of the country, 450 km southeast of Hanoi. The North and Northwest borders with China, Dien Bien province on the west, and Lao Cai and Yen Bai provinces on the east and southeast, and Son La province on the south.

Why Lai Chau will be come more popular destination for tourist?

The terrain is made up of mountains running in the direction of North West - South East. With many high peaks such as Pu Ta Leng peak 3,096 m high. High and sloping hills, alternating with deep valleys and narrow valleys. And the east is Hoang Lien Son mountain range, the west is Ma river range, between the two mountain ranges is relatively large lowland Da river with many limestone highlands 400 km long running from Phong Tho (Lai Chau) to Quan Son, Quan Hoa (Thanh Hoa).

There are many plateaus, rivers and streams have many rapids, large flows of flow should have huge hydropower potential. There are 265,095 km of border with China, which is an important geographic and national security. Lai Chau province has 9,068 km2 of natural area. There are 08 subordinate administrative units. There are Lai Chau Town and Muong Te, Sin Ho, Nam Nhun, Tam Duong, Phong Tho, Tan Uyen and Than Uyen districts.

Lai Chau Province was established under the Decree of June 28, 1909 of the Governor-General of Indochina. At that time, Lai Chau province comprised of Lai Chau, Quỳnh Nhai and Dien Bien provinces, separated from Son La province, which is located in Lai Chau town (now Muong Lay town in Dien Bien province). On 16 January 1915 Lai Chau was replaced by the Lai Chau 4 Guards under military rule. Later, the province moved to Dien Bien Phu town (now Dien Bien Phu city in Dien Bien province). From January 1, 2004, Lai Chau province was divided into two provinces, Lai Chau (new) and Dien Bien. The new capital was moved to Tam Duong town (previously known as Phong Tho town) and was called Lai Chau town (new). The old town of Lai Chau was renamed Muong Lay town (Dien Bien province).

When is the best time to travel to Lai Chau?

Given the climate and culture of the North West, the appropriate time to travel to Lai Chau is similar to the appropriate time to travel to the Northwest.

  • Around September to October 10 combine to see Mu Cang Chai rice with Muong Than field in Than Uyen district.
  • O Quy Ho pass connecting Lai Chau and Sapa district, if you want to combine tour Lai Chau and Sapa you follow in Sapa travel experience.
  • You should avoid the rainy season in the North West especially the occasions of storm or tropical depression causing rain, because at this time, the North West roads often fall into landslide, floods in rivers and streams as well. Raising is very dangerous.

How to get to Lai Chau?

Lai Chau is nearly 500km away from Hanoi. At present, there are about 10 automakers operating on Hanoi - Lai Chau route, the bus usually comes from My Dinh bus station.

Bus travel to the districts in Lai Chau

Lai Chau - Than Uyen

  • Departure time: 6h30; 10h00; 12h30; 13h15; 14h30

Lai Chau - Muong Te

  • Departure time: 5h30; ;6h15; 7h00

Lai Chau - Sin Ho

  • Departure time: 6h00; 13h30

Lai Chau - Pa Hao

  • Departure time: 6h30; 13h00

Lai Chau - Dau San

  • Departure time: 5h15

Lai Chau - Muong So

  • Departure time: 12h

In Lai Chau, there are no motorbike rental places, so if you do not bring a motorbike from Hanoi and still want a motorbike to get to Lai Chau, a hint is to rent a motorbike in Sapa. Instead of taking a passenger car up to Lai Chau, take a bed or train to Lao Cai (Sapa), rent a motorbike here and then go to Lai Chau.

Accommodation in Lai Chau

Although it is close to some famous tourist spots such as Mu Cang Chai, Sapa but now Lai Chau is quite a few tourists choose to stay overnight. This is probably due to the lack of satisfactory accommodation in these locations and the quality of accommodation in Lai Chau.

What to see in Lai Chau?

Located in the northwest of the country, adjacent to the provinces of Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Son La, Yen Bai with more than 20 ethnic groups, Lai Chau bring in the hidden beauty to develop tourism. For many, Lai Chau seems to be just a poor mountainous northern province, but for travel enthusiasts it is unlikely to miss the great sites that Phù Mỏ will mention below.

  • O Quy Ho Pass, one of the four transcontinental mountain passes connecting Lai Chau with Lao Cai
  • Pu Sam Caves cave complex
  • Sin Ho, Sapa 2nd of the Northwest
  • Milestone 17, where Da River flows into Vietnam
  • Sacred stone of Ha Nhi people
  • Lai Chau Hydropower Plant
  • Le Loi Beer Monument
  • Ngan Luong, Hon, Pheo Gold
  • Pu Dao, the destination for your favorite offroad
  • Falls of Love
  • Golden Po Hot Springs
  • Ma Lu Thang Commune
  • Tien Son Cave
  • Relic residence King Van Long Pass
  • Muong Than rice field, the 3rd largest granary of Northwest
  • Pu Ta Leng, the second roof in Indochina
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