Phong Tho Lai Chau offers beautiful off the beaten track jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit, motorbike, motorcycle tours from Hanoi. Phong Tho is a mountainous district of Lai Chau province in the northwest Vietnam. It covers an area of 103 square kilometres.
Phong Tho district contains 1 township and 16 communes including Ban Lang, Dao San, Hoang Then, Huoi Luong, Khong Lao, Lan Nhi Thang, Ma Ly Chai, Ma Ly Pho, Mo Si San, Mu Sang, Muong So, Nam Xe, Pa Vay Su, Si Lo Lau, Sin Sui Ho, Tung Qua Lin, and Vang Ma Chai.
Getting to Phong Tho
Taking a flight from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu city is a way to get to Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province. From Dien Bien Phu you can either rent a car or take a Dien Bien local bus to get to your destination. There are direct Hanoi Lai Chau buses from My Dinh, Giap Bat bus station. The other way is to take Hanoi Sapa bus, following the newly-open Hanoi Lao Cai Express Highway. From Sapa town, hire a car, moto-taxi or take a local bus to be brought to your place in Phong Tho. The road from Sapa to Lai Chau is one of the most beautiful drives in Vietnam but it is very lumpy.
Traveling by road from Hanoi to Phong Tho is a great way to discover the north west Vietnam. The stretch of road goes uphill and downhill alternately with many sharp bends. Booking a guided tour is highly recommended. Trave permit is required to visit Vietnam-China frontier region. An English-speaking guide is helpful in a such off the beaten path place.
When to go
Phong Tho district has the typical tropical climate with two seasons: dry and rainy season. The rainy season lasts from May to September with much rain, high temperature and humidity. If you travel to Phong Tho, Lai Chau in June, July, August of lunar calendar, be prepared that you trip might be interrupt due to hard rain. It is because 80% the rainfall of the year is allocated within these months. The average temperature in rainy season ranges from 25 – 35oC. Dry and cold season begins from November to March of the following year. This season features with cold weather and low humidity in Phong Tho district. The temperature falls low during these months with the lowest temperature of 4-5oC and thick mist, dry and cold wind, and frost. Between April and October is the transition period from rainy season to dry season in Phong Tho Vietnam. During these months, there is great difference between temperature between day and at night. Maybe, temperature in the afternoon reaches 38oC and falls down to 18-20oC.
What to do
Hiking is the best way to discover the district of Phong Tho. Trekking travel offers you the chance to explore Phong Tho tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through the primitive forest, remote hill tribe villages or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an itinerary for you.
Cycling is also a great way to discover one of best Vietnam’s hidden places. The non-touristy district of Phong Tho has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain bike trails, back roads cycling offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists, mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling trip and mountain bike tours around Phong Tho, Lai Chau province 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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