Top 10 Things to do in Lao Cai, Vietnam

September 22, 2017 Hector Krause

Lào Cai ( listen) is a city in the Northwest region of Vietnam. It is the capital of Lào Cai Province. The city borders the city of Hekou Yao Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of southwest China. It lies at the junction of the Red River (Sông Hồng) and the Nanxi River (Yunnan) approximately 160 miles (260 km) northwest of Hanoi.
Restaurants in Lao Cai

1. The Charm Destination Spa

Sapa | Sapa Town, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam +84 97 834 50 89
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5 based on 55 reviews

The Charm Destination Spa

Reviewed By Jennifer K

Enjoyed a massage after a day-long trek from Sapa up to this beautiful little village. Our guide, from Handspan Travel, mentioned that there was a spa right next to our homestay location. He wasn't kidding, it was around the corner where a gentle man proceeded to provide a soothing massage in a bucolic setting at a very nice price. I was so complimentary about the experience that my 'massage averse' hiking companion had to stroll over for a foot massage.

2. Sin Cheng Market

Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam +84 123 455 5208
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5 based on 4 reviews

Sin Cheng Market

Reviewed By Birdfuller

We visited this with friends before getting the night train back to Hanoi. Starts to close down at 1.30 so it's really a morning activity. I found the animal bit a tad distressing bit overall really liked the shopping here. Pop into the temple close by for a spot of culture.

3. Cao Son Market

Cao Son, Muong Khuong, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam +84 91 228 89 69
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Cao Son Market

This was about a 3 hour ride from Sapa to the Cao Son Market. The last 1 1/2 hr was on a very bumpy road.Cao Son Market was a small local market but still interesting to watch all the local people barter in their colorful attire. Scenery was somewhat cloudy the day we went. Imagine on a clear sunny day, it would be more lovely.

Reviewed By mgialdini - Genoa, Italy

If you are passing by, it would be a shame to miss it. However, if you can afford to choose, relatively close Bac Ha market is livelier and has more variety on offer (both etnically and goods for sale).

4. Den Mau

Group 4, Lao Cai Ward, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam
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3.5 based on 14 reviews

Den Mau

Reviewed By seanworc - New York City, New York

We stopped to visit this temple in Lao Cai. It is literally next to the border with Mainland China. There is much cross border trading here . In 1979, China invaded Lao Cai for a brief time before retreating back to China. There is a long series of stairs to get up to the temple. The deity worshipped here is Princess Lieu Hanh. It is a national landmark. Spent 20 minutes here. Went in March, 2013

5. Bach Moc Luong Tu

Lao Cai, Vietnam +84 164 240 0064
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Bach Moc Luong Tu

Reviewed By Adventurevn - Bangkok


We organized 3D2N trip, trekking up from Lao Cai and down via Lai Chau province, so we enjoyed scenery from both sides. Lai Cai side, you will see a lot of Mountains, on Lai Chau side, you will go through beautiful Forests.
Tips:
- warm clothes, it’s quite cold at night.
- trekking poles, which help with climbing up and down.
- see sunset, sunrise, star from Muoi Hill, just a short distance from the campsite.
- sea of clouds is one of the best in Vietnam.
Enjoy!

6. Sapa Budget Travel - Day Tours

372 Dien Bien Phu, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam
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Sapa Budget Travel - Day Tours

As you may know Sapa is one of the best destinations in Vietnam as well as well-know on the world. After many years developing of tourism, Sapa is very famous by hospitility of ethnic minorities, sceneries, fresh air as well as rich of multi-color cuturals. Lying in the northen of Vietnam, Sapa is place living of five difference ethnic minorities groups such as: Black Hmong, Red Rzao, Tay, Day a

Reviewed By Steph R

My partner and I booked this tour online. We found this to be a great way to immerse ourselves in Vietnam culture in a short time. The tour company was well organized, and our tour leader Mu was so helpful and friendly. HANDY HINTS; if you're trekking (especially in the wet season) make sure you hire the gumboots at the offer. This is a must! Also bring spare underwear and socks and pants, because you will slip over allot. Also, be weary of the local tribe women, they will offer you help over the trek (which can be handy because they guide down the hills) but they will also expect you to buy something off them at the end as a thank you (scarves, bags etc). There will also be HEAPS of children trying to sell you goods. And if you find a local tribewoman starts to follow you, make sure you tell them you aren't buying anything because otherwise they'll follow you for hours. Just be firm. The accommodation was clean and comfortable, and so much delicious food with vegetarian options. Highly recommend this experience! I just wish we would have a bit more information before the trip. Cheers guys.

7. Sapa Tribal Tour - Day Tours

Ham Nghi Street, Lao Cai 19000, Vietnam
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Sapa Tribal Tour - Day Tours

Located in Vietnam’s remote North West Mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Its lush, deep river Valleys, in the shadows of Vietnam’s tallest peak Mount Fansipan, are home to Blue H’mong and Red Dao communities, who continue to maintain their strong traditions and warmly welcome visitors to their homes.

Reviewed By 291h_ngl

We went to sapa and set walking tours with mr kien local tourist guide, we visited ethnic villages zay, they were very friendly with us and invited us to dinner with their families, mr consistently showed us a lot of their culture, they are really lovely and we walk no more mostly by motorbike, we're all happy about this trip our appointment will be back together explore other ethnic villages in sapa

8. Sapa Budget Tours - Private Day Tours

08 Muong Hoa Valley | Sapa Town, Lao Cai 008439381530, Vietnam
Sapa Budget Tours - Private Day Tours

Sapa Budget Tour has a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for all of your travel needs in Sapa

9. Lao Cai Motorcycle Rental

343 Quang Truong Ga | Pho Moi Ward, Lao Cai 330000, Vietnam +84 96 290 63 93
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Lao Cai Motorcycle Rental

Stores Motorcycle In Lao Cai As many years experience in the field of business travel services . In which stores Motorcycle Rental In Lao Cai , We are fully confident to bring you the best service and cheapest khi you to Lao Cai Province . - Address : House Number 366 , D.Khanh Yen , Pho Moi Ward , Lao Cai City ( Java Game ) - Working Time : 4:30 - 18:30

Reviewed By duchoang1761992 - Hà Nội, Việt Nam

Cảm ơn các bạn vì những ngày tôi ở Lào Cai. May mắn là được gặp các bạn. Giá cả hợp lý. Cảm ơn các bạn, Dịch vụ rất tốt, phong cách chuyên nghiệp.

10. Motorcycle Rental Lao Cai

366 Khanh Yen | Pho Moi Ward, Lao Cai 330000, Vietnam +84 88 836 09 99
Motorcycle Rental Lao Cai

Stores Motorcycle In Lao Cai As many years experience in the field of business travel services . In which stores Motorcycle Rental In Lao Cai , We are fully confident to bring you the best service and cheapest khi you to Lao Cai Province . - Address : House Number 366 , Khanh Yen Street , Pho Moi Ward , Lao Cai City ( Javan Game ) - Working Time : 4:30 - 18:30

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