Lao Cai

  • HEAD TO THE HILLS

    HEAD TO THE HILLS

    What better way to escape the city craze than a few days in the mountains and valleys around Sapa?

  • CELEBRATORY DANCE

    CELEBRATORY DANCE

    The Dao people of Lao Cai celebrate Tet with a number of special dances for the gods and ancestors.

  • RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    The Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon, the toughest mountain bike race in the country, was held around Sapa town in the northern province of Lao Cai from 4 to 6 November and saw 50 international and local riders take part.

  • GETTING TOGETHER

    GETTING TOGETHER

    Bac Ha Weekly Market is a colourful spectacle as local minorities and tourists come to buy or sell local produce and other life necessities.

  • SEASONAL CELEBRATION

    SEASONAL CELEBRATION

    When rice ripens and is harvested the highland farmers of the Giay ethnic minority people in Lao Cai province celebrate with green rice flakes.

 

Pictorials

  • RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    The Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon, the toughest mountain bike race in the country, was held around Sapa town in the northern province of Lao Cai from 4 to 6 November and saw 50 international and local riders take part.

Bits & Pieces

  • New night market for Bac Ha

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    May 11,2015 09:00 AM

    A night market has opened in the central market of Bac Ha district, one of the most famous tourism destinations in the northern province of Lao Cai. Open every Saturday, the night markets will feature artistic performances and offer food, souvenirs and other products. The district’s famous cuisine includes thang co (a special dish of the Mong people cooked from horse meat) and home-brewed corn wine. With cool weather year-round, Bac Ha has amazing sightseeing opportunities, such as mighty mountains, beautiful caves, and terraced rice fields. The district also has exotic cultures, with 14 ethnic minorities, and historical sites such as Bac Ha Temple and the Palace of Hoang A Tuong.

  • Muong Thanh Grand Hotel opened

    Muong Thanh Grand Hotel opened

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    July 28,2015 07:24 AM

    The four-star Muong Thanh Grand Hotel has recently opened in Lao Cai province in Vietnam’s northern region. Located in the city centre of Lao Cai and overlooking the Yunan Border Gate with China, the hotel features 18 floors with 195 well-equipped rooms, three meeting rooms and a conference hall that can serve up to 500 guests that is ideal for local and international meetings as well as wedding receptions. This is also the first hotel in Muong Thanh Hospitality’s strategy of four new segments: Muong Thanh Luxury, Muong Thanh Grand, Muong Thanh Holiday, and Muong Thanh. Muong Thanh Hospitality owns the largest hotel chain in Vietnam, with over 20 hotels ranging from three to five stars.

  • Lao Cai offers new tourist activities

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    October 23,2015 04:00 PM

    The Lao Cai Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has introduced new offerings to attract tourists, including horse and cart trips to ethnic minority villages in Bac Ha town and a trip to Bac Ha Tourism House to see how local wine is made. The department has also linked up with two brocade weaving villages and a traditional musical instrument village in Sapa district’s Ta Van commune to provide tourism services. The northern mountainous province is planning to develop several more tourism activities, including Lao Cai city - Bat Xat - Sapa bicycle tours, an agricultural tourism site in Bac Ha’s flower valley, and community tourism in several locations. Lao Cai has many scenic sites, including magnificent terraced rice fields, and a large number of different ethnic minorities. It has attracted more than 1.4 million tourists this year, 39.4% higher than in the same period last year.

  • Fansipan Sapa cable car opens

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 11,2016 10:00 AM

    The Fansipan Sapa cable car began ferrying passengers up to Mt. Fansipan recently and quickly received two Guinness World Records: the longest cable car in the world, at 1,141 metres, and the highest, at an altitude of 6,292 metres. The cable car stretches from Muong Hoa Valley in Lao Cai province to the 3,143-meter peak of Mt. Fansipan, known as the ‘Roof of Indochina’. It can carry a maximum of 2,000 passengers an hour, with 35 per cabin. The trip takes just 15 to 20 minutes while the trek takes two days.

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