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An overview of Lao Cai Vietnam from Localtravelidea

A guide to explore Lao Cai Vietnam from a local 


Sapa Lao Cai Vietnam is a cold region, so the fruits and vegetables here are quite delicious - coming in May will be the season of plums and peaches, coming in September is the season of Sapa pears and apples, and summer is the season of mushrooms. In addition, you can buy dried buffalo meat, smoked pork or kohlrabi in summer and cauliflower in winter as a gift for your loved ones. When you go to Lao Cai Vietnam, you should remember to bring a lot of change to shop because there are few ethnic people with large amounts of money to change, or they can only return with products.

Lao Cai Vietnam is the northern mountainous province with the strongest tourism development, in which Sa Pa stands out because of its cool climate. This is also a land with rich ethnic cultural identity, charming scenery and special dishes. There are many ways to go to Lao Cai, in addition to traveling by motorbike, you can choose a train or passenger car. But anyway, you will still need to rent a motorbike for convenient access to the tourist attractions of the region.

Traveling to Lao Cai Vietnam 

An overview of Lao Cai Vietnam from Localtravelidea 

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If you choose the train, you should go in the evening and buy a comfortable bed ticket to rest at night, so that you can start exploring early the next morning. If you choose a bus, it is faster with only about 4 hours traveling, because now there is a highway Hanoi - Lao Cai Vietnam, taking you straight to Sa Pa. The rainy season in Lao Cai lasts from June to August, the rest is the dry season, in which around December - February is very cold. Therefore, the most suitable time to visit is September - November or May - March, the weather is pleasant and fresh, best for outdoor activities and sightseeing. 

What to do in Lao Cai Vietnam

To visit all the highlights in Lao Cai you usually need about 2 - 3 days. On the first day, you should go straight to Sapa to visit the attractions such as the Stone Church, Ham Rong Mountain tourist area, Ta Van and Cat Cat villages. The next day, you should rent a motorbike at Lao Cai Vietnam to conquer O Quy Ho Pass, and stop at Silver Waterfall on the way. Once you reach the pass, you should not forget to enjoy the drinks and food at its foot, which are tasty and reasonably priced. In the afternoon, you can continue to explore the culture in Ta Phin village, and blend in with the special Love market.

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Visiting Lao Cai Vietnam, you can also buy souvenirs at Coc Le market, visit the Vietnam - China border gate “Ha Khau”. It’s not bad either to run down Bac Ha to visit Hoang A Tuong Palace and the huge and bustling weekend market. In addition, there are relics, a system of temples and pagodas such as the Mau temple worshiping the goddess Thuong Ngan and the Dao Mother saints. Lao Cai also has Thuong Temple, ancient citadel, ancient fortress, modern cultural and economic architectural works, memorial to martyrs,...


An overview of Lao Cai Vietnam from Localtravelidea 

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When visiting Lao Cai Vietnam, most people choose to spend the night in Sapa to experience the colors of the mountain town at night. There are many hotels for you to choose from, you can refer to some reviews on websites like Agoda or Tripadvisor. Lao Cai also has many delicious specialties such as salmon hot pot, thang co, grilled food with corn, potatoes, chicken eggs, skewers, lam rice, vegetables wrapped in meat, chicken wings,… Don’t forget to try Apple Meo wine, Ban Pho corn wine, vegetable hot pot, grilled stream fish, armpit pig, sturgeon or black chicken.

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Lao Cai Vietnam also attracts tourists by the culture of 25 ethnic groups, including special festivals on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. The Spring Festival of the Tay and Dao ethnic groups takes place on the 8th day of the Lunar New Year every year. The dance festival of the Dao people in Ta Van falls on the 1st - 2nd of the Lunar New Year. The Gau Tao festival of the H’mong people starts on the 3rd day of the Lunar New Year and the village sweeping ceremony of the Xa Pho people takes place in the 2nd lunar month.

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