Sapa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai Overview


Lao Cai formed in 1907 and, after the changes in administrative, the last establishment was in 1991 by separating from Hoang Lien Son. It faces to Yun Nan (China) by 203km of borderline and, thus, places an important position of economy, politic and society. Lao Cai lies over mountains, hills and valleys with various climates: tropics, temperate zone where snow falls in coldest days. Besides of natural resources, Lao Cai is known of a famous destination for travelers, especially in the summer.

Lao cai, Sapa, Bac Ha is home of unrivalled mountain scenery, colorful minorities and Indochina's highest peak

Bac Ha is a district belonged the Northeast of Lao Cai which owns many beautiful landscapes with bold nature and history. Besides the spectaculars gifted by the nature such as majestic mountains, rivers and caves, kindly people, Bac Ha is also a convergence of colorful ethnic cultures, private specialties of the Northwest area. All create special appeal to hold foot of visitors when they come to Bac Ha, which may shown in Bac Ha Sunday market

Quick Facts:

Square: 6,384 Km2

Population: 646,800.

Average temperature: 20°C - 22°C

Administrative map includes 09 outside districts and Lao Cai town.

Area phone code: 020.

Minority: Viet, Tay, H’Mong, Dao, Nung, Cao Lan, Thai, Giay, Lu, Bo Y, Khang, La Chi, Phu La, Ha Nhi, Muong, La Ha.

Places to go

Top Attractions

Fansipan mountain Sapa

The Mount Fasipan is located in Lao Cai province, about 9km southwest of Sapa town. It belongs to the mountain range Hoang Lien Son, located in the northwest of Vietnam and lying in the border...

Ham Rong mountain

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Travel Experiences

A Sapa homestay

When travelling to Sapa you’ll be faced with an array of treks to choose from and one decision you’ll need to make is whether to do a trek that includes a homestay. While a homestay...

18 Things to Know about Sapa

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These aren't town and city markets with meat and veggies for sale — these are genuine country markets, with livestock trading and myriad handcrafted homewares and souvenir stalls.

Food Culture

‘Banh giay’ of Nung ethnic people in Lao Cai

In the chill of the northern mountainous regions, visitors travelling to markets of ethnic minority communities in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province may be attracted to hot round cakes...

Khang Gai Dried Meat in Sapa

The meat of horses, pigs are usually hung up by the H’Mong. These meat will be chopped into pieces about 2-3 kilograms and hung up in order to store. When eating meat, they will clean dust...