Lai Chau is not the must-see Vietnam 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 tours in Lai Chau to discover the hidden charm of this land. Should you want a tour to Lai Chau, please contact Vietnam Charm Travel to receive a suggested tour itinerary.
1. O Quy Ho Pass
O Quy Ho Pass is zigzag and keep a record of the longest in the northwest mountains of Vietnam with nearly 50 km. Height, length and adventurousness of O Quy Ho made the pass was dubbed the "Northwest King Pass". The peak of O Quy Ho Pass located on untouched mountain and covered with clouds, it is also known by the name Heaven Gate. When winter comes, O Quy Ho Peak can be covered with snow.
O Quy Ho Pass is squeezed through Hoang Lien Son mountain range, at an altitude of 2000m. A legend in this mountain area: Once upon a time, here has a strange bird with melancholy cry, associated with the love legendary of a couple. Since then, over time, the cry "O Quy Ho" of this bird has been named for this wild pass.
Before, O Quy Ho Pass is very dangerous, and contains many horror stories that few people dare to cross this place. But now, the Pass with good upgrade, become a conduit for vehicles crossing more frequently. However, with a side of the abyss and the rest are usually steep cliffs, O Quy Ho Pass is still a challenge for the adventurous driving.
2. Sin Ho plateau
There are numerous beautiful sceneries in Sin Ho such as the Heavenly Gate, the Mountain of Tien Ong, the Mountain of O Da, etc. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the cloudy mountain peaks, sunny valleys spotted with terraced rice fields in the harvest season. Going into the Pu Dao village, Ta Ghenh, Hoang Ho, Ta Phin, Phang Xo Lin of the Mong, Dao people nestling on the cliffs, visitors seemed to be lost in a fairy space to see small wooden houses standing out among the green of the jungle, ethnic women slinging water and go up the steeps or the pigs foraging near the edge of the forest.
Sin Ho becomes more beautiful during the weekend fairs. The fairs start on Saturday morning with mainly people from the immediate area. Come the next day, locals from distant villages like Mong Do people from Chan Lua, Lang Mo or Lu, Dao people from Phang Xo Lin to Mong Hoa, Phu La people from Pu Sam Cap gather in the crowed and exciting atmosphere. They bring their home-made products in baskets slung over shoulders. The gentle faces, colorful brocade dresses, the murmurs or laughter and mountain taste-dishes together create a vivid picture full of life’s colors.
3. Pu Sam Cap Cave
Pu Sam Cap cave include Thien Mon, Thien Duong and Thuy Tinh cave. About 7 km from Lai Chau town on the highway 129 to Sin Ho, Thien Mon cave appears wildly and mysteriously with a large arch. Groping in the dark in the cave we can feel the cold radiating from stones, the excitement at every step, with the darkness surroundings playing tricks adding to the worthy experience.
The cave curves like the terraced fields. Coming inside, we felt as if we are lost in the fairyland full of amazing flower–like stalactites such as orchids. There are stone columns with patterns carved by the hands of nature.
Coming inside, tourists will see a stream of stalactite full of strange shapes to inspire the imagination of the stilt that supports the heaven, gold stilt, silver stilt or the bronze drum…At the end of the cave we will be overwhelmed by the size of a huge majestic pelage with big gold stilts as a gift of the nature.
4. Muong Thanh field
In the past, it was very difficult for tourists to go to Lai Chau because of the hindrances from many winding steeps and rugged high mountain passes. In particular, the Pha Din Pass - one of the four most dangerous in Vietnam - was really a hardship that is not easy to overcome. Today with the launch of the Hanoi - Dien Bien air route, the movement becomes easier and the opportunity to explore the Northwestern region is available for any tourist.
From above, Muong Thanh field stretches along the Nam Rom River, spreading out like a flower petal embracing the Dien Bien Phu monuments. Whatever the way you come to Muong Thanh, at this time in the year, you will be surprised of the beautiful natural scenery of this place.
Muong Thanh field is like a giant "warehouse" filled with corn and rice. From late September, rice began ripening in Muong Thanh, dying the region in the yellow.
Not only famous for its vast area, with favorable farming conditions, Muong Thanh field is the home to the nationwide famous rice brand of Lai Chau.
6. The complex of Lai Chau province’s administrative and political center
The complex of Lai Chau province’s administrative and political center was invested and constructed at the province center of administration and politic, Tan Phong precinct, Lai Chau town, Lai Chau province. To ensure the harmony and coherent of the building with other existing and under construction works such as the Province Conference Center, People Square, and Le Loi Avenue, the complex of Lai Chau province’s administrative and political center’s design follows the modern French architecture with some classical features to create an impression of solemnity and power for such a political and administrative center. However, the architecture is not so rigid thanks to the proper arrangement of several gardens, fountains, bonsai basins which has created an open space for such activities like festivals and cultural goings-on of people from Lai Chau town in particular and from Lai Chau province in general.