Lam Thao Phu Tho, a mountainous district of Phu Tho Province is located the northwest Vietnam, about 3 hour drive from Hanoi. Lam Thao district covers an area of 115 square kilometres, offering off the beaten path hiking tours, trekking, homestay, road cycling, mountain biking, motorbike, and motorcycle tours from Hanoi.
The districts contains 1 township and 13 communes including Lam Thao, Hung Son, Xuan Huy, Thach Son, Tien Kien, Son Vi, Hop Thai, Kinh Ke, Ban Nguyen, Vinh Lai, Tu Xa, Son Duong, Xuan Lung, and Cao Xa.
Vietnamese ethnic groups the Kinh, Muong, Dao and San Chay are the dominant ethnic groups which live in the area. The Dao build their houses in the traditional style, built either on stilts, level with the ground or half on stilts and the other half beaten with earth. Du village, located within the Xuan Son National Park is a tourist attraction.
When to go
Lam Thao is located in the subtropical monsoon region Vietnam weather. The township has recorded average temperature of 23.5 °C (74.3 °F); the highest temperature and the lowest temperatures recorded have been 29 °C (84 °F) (July) and 15 °C (59 °F) (February), respectively. The average rainfall varies between 1,600 millimetres (63 in) and 1,800 millimetres (71 in). Humidity is high during the monsoon season from May to October with the annual average figure of 85%; in the dry season it goes below 80%. Precipitation is in the form of rainfall, most of it falling during the monsoon period. Most of the rain usually falls between April and September.
Getting to Lam Thao
The best way to get to Lam Thao from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up in Hanoi and directly brought to Lam Thao Vietnam. Those who are on budget can take local public bus. There are few direct buses from My Dinh bus station to Lam Thao. Otherwise Hanoi Viet Tri bus takes about 4 hours on road. Upon your arrival in Viet Tri, you can either take Phu Tho local bus or motor-taxi to get to Lam Thao. Booking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended. An English-speaking guide is really helpful in an such off the beaten path destination like Lam Thao Vietnam.
Best things to do and see
Trekking is the best way to explore Lam Thao Vietnam. Discover Lam Thao tropical forest, karst mountains and Tay, Nung, Dzao hill tribes on a jungle trek. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day trek we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through the primitive forest or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we have something to suit.
Cycling in Lam Thao Vietnam to discover another Vietnam’s hidden place. Lam Thao district has sealed, paved roads, and mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling and mountain bike tours around Lam Thao and the Phu Tho region, providing options for both those who want some mountainous challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.
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