Lao Cai

  • Up to the hype

    Up to the hype

    Turns out, all the great things you hear about Sapa are true.

  • Life in the clouds

    Life in the clouds

    High in the mountains of vietnam’s north, y ty sits among splendid natural surroundings.

  • MYTHICAL MOUNTAINS

    MYTHICAL MOUNTAINS

    THE HA NHI PEOPLE CALL ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE PARTS OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS HOME.

  • 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.

 

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

  • 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.

  • BETTER SERVICES ON RAILWAYS

    BETTER SERVICES ON RAILWAYS

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    June 01,2017 03:00 PM

    The Hanoi Railway Transport Co. is trying to cash in on the summer holiday season by upgrading trains to popular destinations. The company has added more comfortable seats and beds and cleaned up toilets on trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai and the north-central city of Vinh, nearby the popular Cua Lo Beach. It has also introduced shuttle buses to take passengers from Lao Cai train station to Sapa and from Vinh train station to Cua Lo. Sapa is one of the most famous towns in Vietnam, becoming even more popular during the summer thanks to its cool climate. Most tourists previously travelled to the town by train from Hanoi, but since the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway opened in September 2014, many find the five-hour bus ride more appealing than the eight-hour trip on the train. Train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa now cost up to $20, but the company said summer vacationers would receive a discount of 10-20%. Cua Lo Beach, which stretches over 10 km, is one of the most popular beaches in northern Vietnam, with white sands and clear blue water.

  • Sapa launches app to help tourists

    Sapa launches app to help tourists

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    October 03,2017 11:52 AM

    Tourism authorities in the mountainous district of Sapa in the northern province of Lao Cai have launched a mobile app called Sapa Tourism, aimed at providing tourists with helpful information about Sapa and creating the conditions necessary for travel companies to promote their image among tourists. App users remain up-to-date on accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, the weather and means of transport. The app is available on Android or IOS in Vietnamese and English.

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