Sin Ho 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. Sin Ho is a mountainous district of Lai Chau province in the northwest Vietnam. It covers an area of 1746 square kilometres.

Sin Ho district is 60 km west of Lai Chau city. Its north borders China’s Yunnan province and its south neighbors Tua Chua district, while Phong Tho and Muong Te district are in east and west of Sin Ho.

Sin Ho district contains 1 township and 21 communes including Sin Ho townlet, Can Co, Chan Nua, Hong Thu, Lang Mo, Lung Thang, Ma Quai, Nam Cha, Nam Cuoi, Nam Han, Nam Ma, Nam Tam, Noong Heo, Pa Khoa, Pa Tan, Phang So Lin, Phin Ho, Pu Sam Cap, Sa De Phin, Ta Ngao, Ta Phin, and Tua Sin Chai.

Getting to Sin Ho

Visitors from Lai Chau township have to go through forests and caves and cross streams to reach to Sin Ho. The district is also accessible from Dien Bien city. On both routes, visitors all find unspoiled natural beauty and rugged mountain terrain.

Taking a flight from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu city is a way to get to Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho. 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 Sin Ho 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

Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho, 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 Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho. Trekking travel offers you the chance to explore Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho 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 Sin Ho, 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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3 responses to “Sin Ho Lai Chau”

  1. Nguyen Thanh Trung Avatar
    Nguyen Thanh Trung

    Sin Ho plateau is considered the roof of Lai Chau province. The climate here is similar to that of Sapa in Lao Cai province. It’s cool all year. The weather is favorable for growing flowers, pears, peaches, and plums. Famous scenic spots in Sin Ho include Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain, Stone Umbrella Mountain, and many valleys and terraced rice fields. There are also primitive forests.

  2. Thuy Linh Avatar
    Thuy Linh

    The landscapes here are magnificent and peaceful. Sin Ho is unspoiled and its beauty inspires tourists. Here you can enjoy buffalo meat, grilled goat, stream fish, sticky rice and thang co, a local hotpot. Salmon is also a local specialty.

  3. Lena K Avatar

    The atmosphere of the Sin Ho Market is very exciting. A wide variety of products of the northwestern region are available here. I have visited Bac Ha market in Lao Cai and Dong Van market in Ha Giang, but Sin Ho market is different. It offers more things. I bought some dried buffalo meat for my friends and a traditional dress for my daughter. We have sampled a lot of the local specialties. They are very delicious.

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