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Lao Cai travel guide and 16 attractive destinations for all tourists

Content 26/02/2024 46

Lao Cai is one of the provinces in the Northwest mountainous region, blessed with vast and majestic scenery by nature. Today's article, HoaBinh Tourist will share with you all the information about 16 Lao Cai tourist destinations that you can refer to.

Overview of Lao Cai province

Lao Cai is a province with many famous and familiar tourist destinations. However, not everyone knows, "Where is Lao Cai?". Lao Cai is a highland border province located in northwest Vietnam, 296 km from Hanoi by rail and 345 km by road.

The east borders Ha Giang province; the west borders Son La and Lai Chau provinces; the south borders Yen Bai province; and the north borders Yunnan province (China) with a 203-km border. Coming to Lao Cai, you certainly will not be able to miss famous tourist destinations with poetic scenery such as Sapa, Bac Ha, Y Ty, Muong Khuong, etc.

If you love the scenery of peach blossoms and plum blossoms, you should come to Lao Cai from August to March next year. However, this area is a bit cold and quite wet from January to March every year. If your goal is to hunt for snow, you should try to come here in December - January!

The top 16 Lao Cai tourist destinations not to be missed

1. Travel to Sapa

Sapa, with an area of about 678.6 km2, is inhabited mainly by the Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho, Kinh, and Hoa ethnic groups. This is a famous tourist destination in Lao Cai because it contains many wonders of natural scenery. Sa Pa's natural landscape is combined with human creativity, along with the topography of the mountains and the green of the forest, like a picture arranged in a harmonious layout, creating a region with many landscapes. Attractive poetic color.

Some Sapa tourist destinations you should visit are:

Sapa Stone Church

Sapa Stone Church (also known as Our Lady of the Rosary Church, stone church, ancient church, etc.) is located right in the center of Sapa town and is the most complete ancient structure built. Built in 1895. Coming here, you will be able to freely admire the unique Roman architecture with soaring, elegant, ancient lines.

Sapa Lake

Sapa Lake is located in the center of Sapa town and is one of the most attractive and interesting tourist destinations for many tourists. Coming here, visitors will admire the poetic and charming natural scenery and also have the opportunity to participate in unique and meaningful festivals.

2. Xat Village Travel

Xat Village is a potential Lao Cai tourist destination located in the northwest of Lao Cai province. With a total area of more than 1,035 square kilometers, all four directions of Xat Village are adjacent to important landmarks of our country and China. Besides possessing a prime location, this place is also the source of the Red River, making it an extremely important economic geographical region for our country.

Some Xat Village tourist destinations you should visit:

Y Ty

Y Ty can be considered an attractive and sought-after destination for many backpackers. Y Ty is a commune located in Bat Xat with an altitude of up to 2,000m above sea level. This place is divided into two most beautiful seasons that tourists should visit.

One is the golden season from late August to early September, when rice flowers begin to bloom on terraced fields and the second is the cloud hunting season during the end of the year with drifting white clouds. floating like giant floating cotton balls.

Lung Po flagpole

Lung Po flagpole is a project that many people are interested in when coming to Bat Xat. This project was started construction on March 26, 2016 on an area of 2,100 m2 to commemorate the silent victories and sacrifices of loyal soldiers.

The flag with an area of 25 m2 is both a symbol of the 25 ethnic groups in Lao Cai as well as a symbol of the strength, determination to contribute and solidarity of Lao Cai youth to contribute to building the homeland and connecting the people of Lao Cai. continue the nation's glorious traditions to build and protect the country.

3. Bao Thang Travel

Bao Thang is a valley in an ancient land, along both sides of the Red River and located in the middle of Lao Cai province and Cam Duong town. To the west of Bao Thang are the low mountains of the Fansipan and Pu Luong ranges and to the east of Bao Thang are the upstream ranges of the Chay River. Nicknamed "Bao Thang Gate", this place has both a river and a railway running through it, convenient for traffic and economic development here.

Up to now, Bao Thang district has up to 13 ethnic groups residing together and integrating with each other, of which the largest number are the Kinh, Dao and Tay ethnic groups. Thanks to the cultural diversity of many ethnic groups and majestic mountain landscapes, Bao Thang is increasingly becoming a memorable tourist destination for every tourist who comes here.

Some Bao Thang tourist destinations you should visit:

Ban Cam Market: Ban Cam Market has the nuance of a highland market, a place to exchange goods for people to produce themselves and most of the sales stalls are built by the people themselves, covered with tarpaulins and displayed on the ground. . Although it is a small market, Ban Cam market is quite crowded and has many diverse and high-quality products.

Phong Nien Market: Similar to Ban Cam market, Phong Nien market also has the typical culture of the Northwest high mountains. The image of people gathering and selling self-produced goods still dominates the markets. Diverse, high-quality food is always guaranteed. Coming here, visitors can not only enjoy the classic beauty but also enjoy many typical delicious dishes of the people here.

4. Bao Yen Travel

Bao Yen is a famous tourist destination in Lao Cai province, Vietnam, located at the eastern gateway of the province, 75km from Lao Cai city center, 263km from Hanoi. This place annually attracts a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit, relax and enjoy.

Some Bao Yen tourist destinations you should visit when traveling to Lao Cai

Tien Canh Cave

Tien Canh Cave was once a place to shelter, preserve forces and store food and provisions for our army and people during the resistance war against the French and Americans and the border war in 1979. Currently, Tien Canh Cave still remains. holds many biodiversity, geological, historical and cultural values.

Viet Tien Revolutionary Base Cultural and Historical Relics: Viet Tien Revolutionary Base is a historical and cultural relic located in Viet Tien commune, Bao Yen district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. This is one of the places marking historical battles in the war for independence and unification of the country.

5. Bac Ha Travel

Bac Ha district is located in the northeast of Lao Cai province, to the north it borders Si Ma Cai district, to the south it borders Bao Yen and Bao Thang districts, to the east it borders Xin Man district, Ha Giang province and to the west it borders Muong Khuong district.

The name Bac Ha originates from the Tay language "Pac ha" meaning "hundred bundles of gianh". If you want to travel to Lao Cai, Bac Ha is an indispensable choice because of its natural scenery and breathtakingly beautiful locations.

Some Bac Ha tourist destinations you should visit:

Bac Ha Flower Valley

This is famous as a place to grow and display many beautiful flowers from all over the country. There are many flower varieties here from basic to rare, guaranteed to satisfy visitors who like to watch flowers or live virtual lives.

Bac Ha Temple

Bac Ha Temple was built in the 19th century and is a place to worship Gia Quoc Cong Vu Van Mat. Located in the center of Bac Ha town, the Bac Ha temple is famous for its sacred and ancient beauty and charming mountain scenery.

Every year, thousands of visitors gather here to attend the Bac Ha Temple Festival, which takes place on February 10 (lunar calendar). During the festival, folk games are often held, such as pushing sticks, playing chess, tug of war,...

6. Muong Khuong Travel

Muong Khuong is a district 55 km northeast of Lao Cai city, to the east it borders Si Ma Cai district and Bac Ha district, to the west and north it borders China with the 86.5 km long Vietnam-China border, of which There is 55 km of land, the south of Muong Khuong borders Bao Thang district.

Because this is a district in the high mountains, with a fresh climate and markets imbued with national identity,... Therefore, when traveling to Lao Cai, you should visit this place to have many experiences. Strange and interesting experience!

Some Muong Khuong tourist destinations you should visit:

Cao Son Market

Cao Son Market is the market of the Mong, Phu La, Dao and Black Han ethnic groups living in the four largest villages of Muong Khuong district. It is a place to buy, sell and exchange goods with many diverse products with mountain and forest flavors.

Pha Long Market

Pha Long Market is not only a place to buy, sell and exchange goods but also a place to meet and interact with ethnic people here. Pha Long Market becomes more beautiful because of the cultural identity of the people here thanks to traditional costumes and typical specialty products of this highland.

7. Si Ma Cai Travel

Si Ma Cai is a district located on the border of Lao Cai province. This place is covered by many towering rocky and cat-eared mountain ranges, one after another. Si Ma Cai is only about 1 hour drive from Bac Ha plateau. Currently, the road has been lined with concrete and asphalt to help shorten travel time and make travel more convenient for tourists. This is one of the famous places in Lao Cai tourism that everyone knows.

Some Si Ma Cai tourist destinations you should visit:

Buckwheat flower fields in Lu Than commune

Starting from Bac Ha plateau, in less than 10 minutes by car, visitors can come to the endless flower fields of Lu Than commune, Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai. This place is famous for its purple-pink buckwheat flower fields stretching across the slopes and hills.

The green of the leaves blends with the cool green of the mountains and forests, complemented by the gentle purple of buckwheat flowers, all creating a colorful picture and creating an extremely peaceful scene. Relaxation for tourists.

San Chai gray stone forest

Si Ma Cai is also famous for its overlapping gray stone forests. There are countless rocks lying in the soil and hidden under streams, but the gray rock forests in San Chai commune attract tourists because of their overlapping layers of rocks submerged in clouds and in the mist and wind of the Northwest.

8. Van Ban Travel

Van Ban district belongs to Lao Cai province, located in two large mountain ranges, Hoang Lien Son range and Con Voi range. Here, the area of high hills and mountains accounts for 90%, the remaining 10% is basin valleys. Van Ban district borders Bao Yen district to the east, Lai Chau province to the west, Yen Bai province to the south and southeast, Dao Thang and Sapa districts to the north.

The climate here is tropical monsoon with 4 distinct seasons, the climate changes seasonally. In recent years, Lao Cai tourists coming here cannot help but be impressed by the beauty of Van Ban. The number of visitors coming here to explore Van Ban tourism is increasing. However, the tourism potential here has not yet been fully exploited.

Some Van Ban tourist destinations you should visit:

Lam Vien Thuy Hoa

This is located in Van Ban district, about more than 1 hour by car from Sa Pa town. The space here is beautiful with immense Vo Lao fields and romantic Nam Ma stream. The air is extremely fresh with the flavor of majestic mountains and fields.

Ms. Tan An Ancient Temple

Ms. Tan An ancient temple has been ranked as a national historical relic in resolution No. 3743/QD-BVHTTDL dated October 28, 2016. This is the place to worship the princess named Nguyen Hoang Ba Xa who fought to keep the land for the residents of Bao Ha and Khau Ban (ancient Van Ban).

Explore Lao Cai culinary culture

Lao Cai is famous for its many natural mountain and forest scenes, with scenic spots such as Sapa, Muong Chau, also has specialties that attract anyone who visits. Together with XANH Department Store, explore the specialties in Lao Cai that anyone traveling here must try.

Thang Co Lao Cai

Lao Cai cuisine is equally unique, typically Thang Co, this is a traditional dish of the Mong people, including horse meat, beef, buffalo meat, and pork, seasoned with spices. The taste is esoteric, so those who try it for the first time probably won't get used to it, but gradually they will enjoy it and want to taste it again and again.

Lao Cai Day Cake

It also has its own unique characteristics because it is made from sticky rice, washed, crushed, then rolled into balls, dipped in sesame salt or eaten with filling inside, this is truly a cake. suitable dessert.

Nung Din ginger meat

Ginger meat is a specialty in Lao Cai, this is a traditional dish often found on Tet of the Nung people. The main ingredient of this dish is pork marinated with a mixture of spices, including ginger, then steamed or cooked with pepper or celery, creating a unique ginger meat dish.

Lao Cai Sapa salmon: Salmon meat is delicious and nutritious but requires a difficult living environment. In our country, only Lao Cai and Da Lat regions are qualified to raise this fish. When visiting Sapa, you will be able to see many restaurants specializing in salmon, try eating to see how delicious Sapa salmon is!

Above is HoaBinh Tourist's share about all 16 Lao Cai tourist destinations that are highly appreciated by many tourists. Hopefully, through this article, you will get more ideas for your Lao Cai trip. For more information about Lao Cai tour, please contact our hotline at 0939.311.911 - 0913.311.911 for specific advice and quotes.


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