Lai Chau Location Map

Location

Lai Chau is a frontier province, which is 450km to the northwest of Hanoi. The province shares the common border with China on the north, with Dien Bien province on the west and southwest, with Lao Cai on the east, with Yen Bai in the southeast, and with Son La on the south.

Area:

9,059 km²

Weather

Belong to tropical monsoon zone; the climate of Lai Chau is divided into two seasons: rain season and dry season. The annual average temperature is 21ºC – 23ºC. The annual average rainfall is 2.5 m.

Getting there

Going between the town of Sapa and Lai Chau you can use local buses, over the Tram Ton Pass (a scenic ride). Ask for bus information in a hotel or at the information center in Sapa town for example. It is not a problem to come into Lai Chau on a motorbike from Sapa. You can arrive on direct buses from the towns of Dien Bien, Son La, Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) to Lai Chau town. There is no train connection in the province.

Highlights

With scenic landscape, rich cultural features, the destination promises to be a great destination for traveling. Tourists visiting Lai Chau can enjoy the majestic scenery, visit local villages to learn new knowledge about Vietnam culture in general and local culture in particular. Sin Ho village is a mountainous village in Lai Chau Province, where various ethnic groups are living together. The village is a 38km climb on road off National Route 12. On Sunday, ethnic people in their most beautiful costumes flock to the market, creating a very colorful picture. The province is home to 20 ethnic minority groups, each of which has its own cultural features. You can experience the traditional culture by joining the highland market sessions.
There’s a cave nearby, Dong Thieu Duong, accessible by a one hour hike, that’s a good day-trek if you happen to stay longer. Lai Chau is also home to Pu Sam Cap Grottoes, the favorite place that lure many intrepid tourists in Vietnam travel.