-- Lao Cai: Province
  -- Lao Cai: City
  -- Lao Cai: Border
  -- Lao Cai: Hekou
  -- Lao Cai: Hotels
  -- Lao Cai: Market
  -- Lao Cai: Railway Station
  -- Bac Ha Market
  -- O Quy Ho Glass Bridge
  -- O Quy Ho Pass
  -- Sapa


 -- Climate

 -- Distance Chart Vietnam

 -- Festivals

 -- Foreign Embassies

 -- Minorities

 -- Tet/ Vietnam New Year

 -- Travel Documents

 -- Vaccinations

 -- Vietnam Buses

 -- Vietnam Map

 -- Vietnam Trains

 -- Vietnamese People


  Cao Bang

  Cat Ba

  Dien Bien Phu

  Duong Lam

  Ha Giang

  Ha Long Bay

  Hai Phong

  Hoa Binh

  Lai Chau

  Lang Son

  Lao Cai

  Mai Chau

  Ninh Binh


  Son La

  Vinh City

  Central Vietnam

  Buon Ma Thuot

  Cham Islands

  Da Nang

  Dak Lak

  Dong Hoi

  Hien Luong Bridge

  Hoi An


  Kon Tum

  My Son (temple complex)

  Nha Trang

  Phong Nha - Ke Bang


  Quy Nhon

  Thien Mu Pagoda (Hu)

  Tuy Hoa

  Vinh Moc (tunnels)

  South Vietnam

  Ho Chi Minh City

  Ben Tre

  Can Tho

  Chau Doc

  Con Dao Islands

  Cu Chi (tunnels)


  Floating Markets

  Ha Tien - Phu Quoc

  Long Xuyen

  Mekong (by bike)

  My Tho

  Nam Du Archipelago

  Phan Thiet/ Mui Ne

  Phu Quoc Island

  Rach Gia - Phu Quoc

  Vung Tau

  The Rest








"Outside the station we first enjoyed a nice breakfast in the local restaurant Terminus in Lao Cai where we could also refresh, albeit limitedly.
We then first visited the border with China.
Here you notice, just because of the complex procedure that the Vietnamese and Chinese have to go through every day to go to each other's country to work there, that the relationship between the two countries is not optimal after all ... We could not go to China ourselves as we only have a visa "single entry" for Vietnam."  

The border in Lao Cai

          Lao Cai - is the capital of the province of Lao Cai. Lao Cai is located on the Red River and the tributary Nanxi. The place is located 260 km northwest of Hanoi. Lao Cai is located on the border with China and separated from the Chinese city of Hekou by the Red River. You can be brought to the border with China by bus or taxi, although it is better to walk there.
From Hekou buses run from Kunming and other cities in Yunnan (China) There are several places along the river border in Lao Cai where you can look to China if you don't have a visa. It's all very relaxed and no one seems to mind taking pictures.
Lai Cau was known as a "one-horse town", a remote and insignificant town, but progress has also made an appearance here. There are ATMs and there is even a KFC. The economy is gradually growing in Lai Chau. The most commonly produced products are spirits, bricks, cement and electricity.

Lao Cai itself is not an interesting place to spend a vacation. Almost all travelers come here only to continue to China or to Sapa. Lao Cai is easily accessible by night train from Hanoi. The Victoria Express (a luxury train) goes back to the romantic, golden age of travel in Indochina with its dark wood fixtures, cozy sleeping cabins and spacious lounge.
The train departs from the station at 22:00 six days a week Hanoi and arrives in Lao Cai at 6:10 AM, providing travelers with a good night's sleep before embarking on the adventure of North Vietnam.


A look at the city

Travel time by car from Lao Cai to Sapa is approximately 1 hour on the Expressway, but many prefer the train. There are a few ATMs in Lao Cai. Techcom Bank has ATMs in the square near the train station and close to the border.
However, they only accept a few international cards. There is one ATM that accepts all international cards, but it is not close to the border nor to the train station. Motorcyclists usually know and will drive you there Lao Cai has a public bus station and a train station. Together they form the center of the city. Although the train station can be found next to the main road, the bus station is about 300 meters southwest of Phan Dnh Phung (shopping street). In addition, minivans abound (destinations are usually indicated on the windshield), driving around the city and can be apprehended. Prices are fixed, but the drivers usually try their luck and ask for more. Also look out for fake tickets with fake prices.

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The best shopping center in the city is called Duc Huy Plaza. Here you will find many leading domestic and international items, including furniture, fashion, electronics, household items, etc. You will also find the most famous cosmetics of Korea: OHUI and Lacvert Essance.







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