Lao Cai

  • French inspiration in Sapa

    French inspiration in Sapa

    Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa an exceptional blend of local culture, French Indochinese architecture, and vibrant northwestern Vietnam.



    A group of Red Dao women in vietnam’s north are dedicated to the task of protecting a precious medicinal herb at risk from growing popularity.

  • Beauty in bloom

    Beauty in bloom

    Bright red rhododendron flowers count among the many attractions found around Sapa.



    Trips offering tourists the experience of working the land as a farmer have found favour all around the country.

  • Up to the hype

    Up to the hype

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





    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

  • 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.



    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.

  • Train added to Hanoi - Lao Cai route

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 11,2018 12:17 PM

    The Hanoi Railway Transport JSC has added an additional trip on the Hanoi - Lao Cai route every Friday night to meet increasing demand from tourists to visit Sapa. The new service departs Hanoi at 10.30pm and arrives in Lao Cai at 6.30am. Tickets range among VND200,000 to 400,000 ($9 to $17.5). Accompanying bus services from Lao Cai to Sapa will also be introduced. There are now four trains running from Hanoi to Lao Cai and return, carrying 400 to 500 passengers and even double that figure on weekends.

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