Vietnam TravelA Tour of Lao Cai: Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Province

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Lao Cai is a province in Northern Vietnam that is often overlooked by tourists. However, this region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Vietnam. From towering mountains and pristine lakes, to rolling green hills and colorful villages, Lao Cai has something for everyone.

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  1. Geography of Lao Cai
  2. Weather of Lao Cai
  3. History of Lao Cai
  4. Culture in Lao Cai
  5. Tourism in Lao Cai and what to do there
  6. Favorite things to do in this region on your next vacation

Geography of Lao Cai

Lao Cai is a province in Northern Vietnam that is often overlooked by tourists. However, this region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Vietnam. From towering mountains and pristine lakes, to rolling green hills and colorful villages, Lao Cai has something for everyone.

The province is situated in the far north of Vietnam, bordering Yunnan province in China. It covers an area of 6,635 square kilometers and is home to around 548,000 people. The capital city of Lao Cai is also called Lao Cai and is located about 300 kilometers from Hanoi.

Weather of Lao Cai

The climate in Lao Cai is also varied depending on the altitude. In the mountains, the climate is cool all year round with an average temperature of 15-20 degrees Celsius. In the valleys, the weather is generally warm and humid with an average temperature of 22-25 degrees Celsius.

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The best time to visit Lao Cai is from October to December when the weather is cooler and the scenery is at its most beautiful.

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History of Lao Cai

Lao Cai has a long and varied history. The region was first inhabited by the Vietnamese people over 2,000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the area began to be developed by the Chinese.

In 1885, the province was officially declared part of the French Indochina colony. After the defeat of the French in 1954, Lao Cai was once again annexed by China. However, in 1979 Vietnam and China went to war over control of the region and Vietnam regained control of Lao Cai.

Since then, Lao Cai has been an important border province of Vietnam.

 Culture in Lao Cai

The province of Lao Cai is home to a number of different ethnic minority groups including the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Thai and Giay. As a result, the culture in Lao Cai is quite diverse.

One of the most unique aspects of the province is its traditional clothing. The women of Lao Cai often wear colorful dresses with intricate designs. The men usually wear black pants and white shirts.

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Traditional festivals are also an important part of life in Lao Cai. The most famous festival is the “Flower Festival” which is held every year in March. During this festival, the streets of Lao Cai are filled with color as locals and visitors alike dress up in traditional clothing and parade through the city.

Tourism in Lao Cai and what to do there

Lao Cai is a province that has a lot to offer tourists. The landscape is varied and beautiful, the culture is rich and diverse, and there are a number of different things to see and do.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Lao Cai include:

  • Bac Ha Market: This market is held every Sunday in the town of Bac Ha. It is a great place to buy traditional handicrafts, clothing, and food.
  • Sapa: Sapa is a small town in the mountains of Lao Cai. It is popular with tourists for its beautiful scenery and hiking trails.
  • Silver Waterfall: The Silver Waterfall is located about 30 kilometers from Lao Cai city. It is a beautiful spot to take in the scenery and relax.
  • Lao Cai Museum: The Lao Cai Museum is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the province.

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Favorite things to do in this region on your next vacation

There are a number of different ways to enjoy the beauty of Lao Cai province. Here are some of our favorite things to do:

  • Hike through the rice terraces: The rice terraces in Lao Cai are some of the most beautiful in all of Vietnam. They are a great place to hike and take in the scenery.
  • Visit a ethnic minority village: There are a number of different ethnic minority villages located in Lao Cai province. These villages are a great way to learn about the culture and traditions of the different groups that live in the area.
  • Explore Sapa: Sapa is a small town located in the mountains of Lao Cai. It is a great place to explore the scenery and learn about the culture of the region.
  • Visit the Silver Waterfall: The Silver Waterfall is a beautiful spot to take in the scenery and relax. It is located about 30 kilometers from Lao Cai city.
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If you are looking for a province that has a lot to offer, then Lao Cai is the perfect place for you. This province has a beautiful landscape, a rich culture, and a variety of different things to see and do. We hope you have a chance to visit this amazing region on your next vacation.

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TeresaNguyen
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How often does it snow in this area? I am curious because of the main picture. The few times I have been to Vietnam, I have never seen snow!

canabee11
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Lao Cai is a beautiful place. I have only been there once in passing. I had wished I made it one of the locations I was staying in for a few days at least. 

JustaChad
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I wish there was a way to give this article 4 stars.

The only thing keeping it from getting a 5 star is the fact that I’m not actually in Vietnam. I love this. I’m going to visit in a couple of months.

Hanbin_Fan
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The villages are stunning! I have never been to this province but have wanted to go. I follow people on Instagram in the area and I am always seeing such beautiful pictures and videos. Makes me want to me there!

vietzone
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I have been to Lao Cai, Vietnam and it’s a great place to visit. I love the scenery there, especially in Son La province.

I really enjoyed my time there and would love to go back again one day!

LOFIre
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I love the farmlands and open fields of this area the most. The downside, like most other areas, is the humid air. That is my only complaint.

AskAboutME
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It is hard to argue against this being the most beautiful spot! I have only been here once and I did not stay nearly long enough. I am hoping to go back again soon!

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