Lao Cai city is provincial capital of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Lao Cai city covers an area of 221 square kilometres. The city may not be an ideal place for outdoor activities and adventure travel. But its surrounding area may have what you expect to do such as jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit…

Lao Cai city contains 11 wards including Pho Moi, Duyen Hai, Coc Leu, Kim Tan, Pom Han, Bac Lenh, Thong Nhat, Xuan Tang, Bac Cuong, Nam Cuong, and Binh Minh. There are 5 communes including Van Hoa, Dong Tuyen, Cam Duong, Ta Phoi, and Hop Thanh.

Getting to Lao Cai city

The best way to get to Lao Cai 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.

Rent a car from Hanoi is a great way to get to Lao Cai. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai city.

When to go

Lao Cai city 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).

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