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Lai Chau Travel Guide

Lai Chau is the mountainous province of the northwest region of Vietnam. A Vietnam tour package to Lai Chau is always combined with other destinations like Dien Bien, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa. Lai Chau is not a ideal place to visit for weeks, but 1-2 nights in homestay can be the memorable experience to  see picturesque mountains, peaceful ethnic villages and learn about their unique life and culture.

lai chau travel guide

How to get there

Lai Chau is aroudn 450km from Hanoi and it takes full day to get there by bus. Sleeping bus is highly recommended as it is comfortable and possible to sleep during the long journey. There is no airport in Lai Chau and below are our suggestions:
By plane to Dien Bien: From Hanoi, tourists can take an hour flight to Dien Bien then catch the bus to Lai Chau which takes around 3-4 hours.

By road: From Hanoi, tourists take the bus to Lao Cai and visit Sapa for few days before catching the bus from Sapa to Lai Chau which takes around 2 hours.

Best time to visit Lai Chau

The best time to visit Lai Chau is in dry season when it is cool, but Holiday to Indochina suggests that tourists should visit Lai Chau in rice season in around September or Spring time because there are farming activities, flowers, festivals to see during the way.

Things to see in Lai Chau

Lai Chau is not the must-see Vietnam holiday destination, but if you travel to Lai Chau, there are some nice places that are worth visiting like Sin Ho plateau, Fairy cave in Sin Ho,  Tien Son cave in Binh Lu, Tac Tinh fall in Tam Duong.

Lai Chau has 20 different ethnic groups who still keep their tradition, culture and way of living as centuries ago. Some Vietnam travel companies offer homestay and trekking tour in Lai Chau to discover the hidden charm of this land. Should you want a tour to Lai Chau, please contact Holiday to Indochina to receive a suggested tour itinerary.

Acommodation in Lai Chau

Tam Duong is the capital of Lai Chau province. If you come here, Muong Thanh Lai Chau hotel and Tay Bac hotel are the best choices. The hotels offers clean room, hot/cold shower, AC, free wifi and restaurant that serve delicious local dishes.