Lao Cai Travel Guide

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Lao Cai Things to Do

  • Mercado de Ba Ha

    En Ba Ha los domimgos se reunen los Hmong Flores para hacer sus compras , para comer y pasar el diaEs un mercado con un colorido y sabor increible

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  • Mercado de Ba Ha

    En Ba Ha los domimgos se reunen los Hmong Flores para hacer sus compras , para comer y pasar el diaEs un mercado con un colorido y sabor increible

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  • Visita a Lao Chai

    La gente que te encuentras en estos nos pueblos nos llaman la atencion por su forma de vestir y sobre todo por el trato

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Lao Cai Hotels

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  • Hanoi Hotel

    D8 Giang Vo St, Ba Dinh Dist., Lao Cai, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Sapa Goldsea Hotel

    058 Fanxipang, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Cao Son Ecolodge

    Lapantan, Lao Cai, 84203, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Lao Cai Restaurants

  • What a menu!

    Menu is amazing long. Its hard to make a choise... too many (good) alternatives. Camellia salad was good, grilled deer was good, noodle soup was good and apple wine was excellent.Unfortunately we found this place just last night. What a enermous injustice!

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  • Are you hungry or what?

    Would you like to have some grilled pig or maybe dog? Medium or well-done? You name it, you have it! Paradise for plesure-lover. If Mr. piggy dont convinse you, maybe you should try green line. Market is vegetarians heaven. Countles number of diffenrent kind of salads and herbs.

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  • Fondue in Vietnam

    Located in the only up-market hotel in Sapa, this retsaurant is not cheap, but well worth a visit, espcecially if you have been travelling for a while and are kind of tired of Vietnamese food. Whilst the restaurant offers an extensive menu, I would opt for the Fondue or Raclette. Absolutely great stuff, especially when it is freezing outside!

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Lao Cai Nightlife

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    by hanno Written Feb 13, 2003

    If you have come to Sapa to party, you are straight out of luck. Most people spend their time hiking and trekking, come 9 o'clock, everybodies hit the sack. There is one disco, the Apocalypse Redux (no relation to the Apocalypse in Hanoi or Saigon). The main attraction here are the minority shows on Fridays and Saturdays, attended by dozens of back-packers sharing a single coke. After the show, the locals take over, shaking and boogeying to techno beats. Problem is that the place only has 2 CD,s of way too loud techno. Best bet might be to have an informal round of drinks with a few buddies.

    Dress Code: Any which way is fine.

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Lao Cai Transportation

  • Scam Operating in Lao Cai Livitrans...

    A warning to beware of the latest scam operating out of Livitrans offices in Lao Cai. Having paid $65 for a soft sleeper, just myself and bicycle, I was asked shortly before the train departed to exchange tickets, being assured that this was an identical berth by the staff from Livitrans.Having walked to carriage 2 at the very end of the platform...

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  • Lao Cai Station to Hanoi Station by...

    (last date took the train - May 6, 2007)Lao Cai Train Station to Hanoi Train StationHard SeatTrain Fare: 75,000 dongService fee: 7, 000 dong (if bought in the travel agency)Seat # 1 Car 2Departure time: 18:45Arrival time: 4:30 a.m. (next day)

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  • Pumpkin Express

    Pumpkin is the 3rd best or 4th best??? I'm not sure. After rennovation last year, the cabins are quite nice following the wooden decorated form make it more cosy & clean. Run everyday at 10.00pm. Arrives at 6.00 am the next morning. Bread & small bottle of water are supplied in every cabin for free.

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Lao Cai Shopping

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    by N.S. Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Sapa is full of nice things to buy, like handmade silverjewelrys and clothes - and almost for free! But when you buy these products from sweet little girls their parents get in trouble, because childrens should be at school in the daytime. If they dont go, parent get money penalty from school - and they are already very poor!
    I dont want to moralize, but I hope you think about it, at least.

    What to buy: Handmade silverjewellerys, textiles and clothes

    the sweet little girl

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Lao Cai Local Customs

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    by Ayacc Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    Black Hmong people are more frienldy. They can speak english so you can make lot of friends out there. Or try this Ong co khoe thong? (How are u?)

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Lao Cai Warnings and Dangers

  • Money $$

    Some minorities dont want their picture to be taken except you pay them money. Other than money, they recognise no one. This especially apply in kids. Some of them (little boy) could be very rude if you snap the picture and refuse to pay money.

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  • Cat Cat Village

    If you go to Cat Cat Village on your own, go earlier because you cant estimate the total distance and time take. It will take one to two hours depends on your speed. However, if you go in the afternoon, the day turns dark fast at around 5pm.

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  • Wild Pig

    If you follow the tour, they will turn back half way near the waterfall following a small path. This is not a clear path where if you go alone, you wont know it. So you will follow the clear path which is a big round. You will still come out eventually, but most of the time, you are alone on the road. Hmm I am not sure if that is a wild pig. I saw...

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Lao Cai Tourist Traps

  • Transport to and from Lao Cai Province

    Travelling with a bicycle.Took the 5:30am bus with bicycle from Ha Giang (great city, beautiful province) to Lao Cai. Cost of the ticket on the board at the bus station was 100,000 vnd. With bike strapped to the roof I was expecting to pay the usual tourist price of double the fare. At the halfway point with 100km to go, the driver collected the...

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  • Train from LaoCai to Hanoi

    Normally you will buy the train ticket from Sapa travel agency if you are in Sapa. However, the travel agent will sure ask you to buy TulicoTourist train ticket. Tulico is more comfortable, of course much more expensive.So you will ask for normal train ticket price. They will tell you the price that is much more higher than the price you expected....

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  • Van from Sapa to Lao Cai train station

    If you take a van from sapa to lao cai bus station, and the van is not organised by any travel agency ( which means there are locals on the van together with you / or you waive and board the van at sapa road side), then u gotta beware. NEVERNEVER pay before you reach lao cai train station even though all locals pay or the driver shouts at you.The...

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Lao Cai What to Pack

  • Visiting Sapa

    A backpack or a day bag It's a little chilly in Sapa in the early morning and late night. So if you're not so used to a cool weather then you'll probably want to bring a light jacket with you. But I'm sure you will need more than that if you go there in the winter. I saw one photo shop there..it should be fine. You will go trekking in Sapa....

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  • Pack light but efficiently

    Pack as light as possible. Ask if you can leave most of your luggages to hotel. It makes things more easier. If you want to explore surrounding areas, dont forget GOOD walking boots! Otherwise your legs are killing you after few hour walking on ricefields and climbing countless number of stairs. Blister plaster is excellent invention, too. Lots...

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  • Lao Cai Hotels

    8 Hotels in Lao Cai

Lao Cai Off The Beaten Path

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    by galy Written May 1, 2003

    Even if you have seen a lot of teraces in Sapa, it's worth while to stroll areound BacHa. the teraces are planted with olum trees, not rice, and the blooming is beautifull

    Plum trees in BacHa

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Lao Cai Sports & Outdoors

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    by Ayacc Updated Jun 23, 2005

    You can join the trekking daytrip around the Sapa, get the chance to visit the hill tribe villagers and see their daily life.

    Equipment: Pair of comfortable shoes/a bottle of water

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Lao Cai Favorites

  • Hmong Rojos

    Las distintas tribus se distinguen por os colores de sus vestimentasEstas llevan tocado rojo, asi que son..

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  • Flower Hmong hill tribe people

    Flower Hmong ladies are wearing their traditional colourful dresses. U can get these hill tribes' cloth n handicraft cheaper than in the village.

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  • Curious and friendly people

    Sapa people are curious. Even a normal local (not to sell you something) will first smile at you, then ask you where are you from, your age and your name.Vietnamese are very particular about age. Different to the custon in malaysia or singapore (not sure in other places) where the age of a lady is her top secret. They will ask your age and marital...

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Bac Ha Sunday Market
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Sapa market
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Cat Cat Village
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Ham Rong Mountain 2
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Ham Rong Mountain
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drinking water
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Waterfall in Sapa
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Hanoi-Sapa
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Go Trekking!
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Sapa Market
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An Impression towards Hmong Girls
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BacHa Market
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Colourful Market
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