Lao Cai (Thành phố Lào Cai) is a province in the northwest of Vietnam and bordered by Yunnan China on the north part, West adjacent to Fuzhou city. The landscape is divided into different types such as low mountain valley alternately especially highest peak in the sea which reaches 3,143 meters above sea level. Also, it is the highest peak in Indochina. The dry season starts from October, during March that the weather will get cold and from April to September will be raining season. The average annual on rainfall would be 23 degrees Celsius and sometimes get snow.
How to get there:
- Lao Cai province is about eight hours away from Hanoi by train
- Buses run from Kunming and other cities in Yunnan (China) to Hekou from where it is a short walk over the border to Lao Cai. The border is open from 7am to 10pm (8am to 11pm Chinese time). Crossing the border is pretty easy and fast. Just be careful on the Vietnamese side of the border. you might be asked to fill in a ‘health form’, exchange money, book a taxi, etc. by people who seems to be immigration workers. These are all scams, you will lose money if you agree. Don’t give them any bribes and don’t use their services. Just ignore them, get your entry stamp and leave the immigration building. There is a 2 km walk to the bus/train station by car taxi. source by wikitravel
- The distance from Noi Bai airport to Sapa city is about 296 kilometers which will be on Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway. The longest expressway in Vietnam opening and chasing with the new terminal of the afternoon. Takes about 4-5 hours to get there.