Bao Thang Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Bao Thang district covers an area of 674 square kilometres, offering a wide range of activities and tours. Options include jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit…

Bao Thang district contains 3 townships and 12 communes including Pho Lu, Phong Hai, Tang Loong, Phu Nhuan, Son Ha, Tri Quang, Xuan Quang, Phong Nien, Xuan Giao, Gia Phu, Son Hai, Thai Nien, Ban Cam, and Ban Phiet.

Getting to Bao Thang

The best way to get to Bao Thang is to take the overnight train from Hanoi. There are several night trains each day from and to Hanoi. Most of the night trains depart from Hanoi train station at about 20.00 and arrive Lao Cai train station at about 5.00 am. There are 220 Volt / 50 Hz power outlets in the soft seat coaches. Upon your arrival at Lao Cai train station, Lao Cai city you can either rent a car or take Lao Cai local bus to get to Bao Thang townlet, Bao Thang district.

Rent a car from Hanoi is a great way to get to Bao Thang. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai city, and two more hours to get to Bao Thang town.

When to go

As the district is mostly mountainous, it experiences a dry cold climate from October to March, while the tropical monsoon is rainy season which lasts from April to September. The annual average temperature is 23 °C (73 °F). The temperature generally ranges between18 °C (64 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F) in the mountainous region, with the lowland areas showing a temperature variation of between 20 °C (68 °F) and 22 °C (72 °F).

What to do


Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Bao Thang. Hiking offers the chance to explore Bao Thang tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through remote hill tribe villages or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an trekking itinerary for you.

We can combine most Vietnam treks in Bao Thang with other activities such as road cycling, mountain bike tours, mountain climbs, caving, educational, community travel. If you need further information or you can’t see what you are looking for please contact us we will be happy to help.


Cycling is another great way to discover Bao Thang Vietnam. The less-traveled district of Bao Thang has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling tours and mountain bike tours around Bao Thang Lao Cai and the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.

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