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Lai Chau is the mountainous province of the northwest region of Vietnam. A Vietnam tour package to Lai Chau is always combined with other destinations like Dien Bien, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa. Lai Chau is not a ideal place to visit for weeks, but 1-2 nights in homestay can be the memorable experience to  see picturesque mountains, peaceful ethnic villages and learn about their unique life and culture.

1. Best time to travel /visit Lai Chau 

Travelling in September and October to combine travel to Mu Cang Chai, visit Muong Thanh field in Than Uyen, Lai Chau.
 
Rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai
 
 Quy Ho is a mountain pass between Lai Chau and Sapa, if you want to combine travel Lai Chau and Sapa please read the post Backpack Travel Tips in Sapa.
 
You should not go into the rainy season, especially when there is a storm. Northwest of the rainy season is from June to August. Damaged roads now very difficult to go, and the river water rises

2. How to travel from Hanoi to Lai Chau / Bus to and from Lai Chau

Lai Chau is nearly 500 km away from Hanoi. Currently in Lai Chau has about 10 businesses operating passenger transport, the bus usually start away at My Dinh bus station or Giap Bat bus station.
 

2.1. Buses from Hanoi & others provinces in the North to Lai Chau province

BUS COMPANY ROUTE DEPARTURE TIME FROM HANOI ARRIVAL TIME IN LAI CHAU PHONE NUMBER
HƯNG THÀNH My Dinh - Lai Chau (pass by Mu Cang Chai) 18h15 17h30 on next day 0985 694910 – 0985 694901
HẢI VÂN My Dinh - Mu Cang Chai - Lai Chau 19h15 19h30 on next day

0944 828282 - 0169 2232323

Giap Bat - Lai Chau 16h30; 19h00  17h00; 18h00 on next day 0944 828282 - 0944 868686
HOÀNG ANH Giap Bat – My Đinh – Vinh Yen – Viet Tri – Thanh Son – Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Lai Chau 17h00 17h00 on next day 0984 971999 - 0912 317515 - 0912 524066 - 0912 212418
ANH TÚ My Đinh – Viet Tri – Thanh Son – Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Lai Chau 17h30; 18h45  18h00 on next day 0986 392081 - 0986 025569 - 01699 286488
HOÀNG SÂM Hanoi - Than Uyen 9h30 5h30 on next day 0916 499 456
KHÁNH THỦY Hanoi - Lai Chau 19h00 19h30 on next day 0988 976321 - 0976 652400 - 0912 131215
NGÂN HÀ Hanoi - Lai Chau (pass by Mu Cang Chai) 17h00; 19h30  17h30; 20h00

0912 131215

BÙI NGỌC DŨNG Hanoi - Lai Chau 17h30 updating  0912 045015 - 0983 592867
MẠNH TƯỜNG My Dinh - Than Uyen updating updating 0915 645199 – 0978 649351

2.2. Buses from Lai Chau center to other districts

- Lai Chau to Than Uyen district - Departure time: 6h30; 10h00; 12h30; 13h15; 14h30
 
- Lai Chau to Muong Te district - Departure time: 5h30; 6h15; 7h00
 
- Lai Chau to Sin Ho district - Departure time: 6h00; 13h30
 
- Lai Chau to Pa Ha - Departure time: 6h30; 13h00
 
- Lai Chau to Dao San (Phong Tho district) - Departure time: 5h15
 
- Lai Chau – Muong So - Departure time: 12h00
 
In Lai Chau has no place to rent motorcycles so if you do not carry motorcycles from Hanoi and still want go to Lai Chau by motorcycle, you can rent a motorbike in Sapa. In this case you will not take the bus directly to Lai Chau, but  take the bus to Sapa then rent motorcycles here and go to Lai Chau.

3. Hotels and Motels in Lai Chau

Although located quite close to some famous tourist spots such as Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Lai Chau but now only relatively few tourists choose to stay overnight despite staying on tourist itineraries go through the point in Lai Chau, this happens probably because of the ability to meet the accommodation places on quality not good plus the accommodation facilities in Lai Chau is not high. As of early 2014, the province has more than 100 accommodation facilities in all districts, therefore when choosing your travel entirely Lai Chau can be assured of accommodation here.
 
GUESTHOUSES/ HOTELS NAME HOTEL LOCATION

PHONE NUMBER

HONG NHUNG GUESTHOUSE Quyet Tien Ward, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3875420

HUONG PHONG GUESTHOUSE Le Loi Blvd, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau 

0213 3791111

BINH DAN GUESTHOUSE 363 Nguyen Khuyen Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0986 087600

HOA BAN 1 GUESTHOUSE behind the Centre Post Office of Lai Chau, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

 0213 3792259

MUONG THANH HOTEL Le Duan Road, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3790888

TAY BAC HOTEL Tran Huong Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3875879

PHUONG TRANG GUESTHOUSE 60 30/4 Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau 

0213 3792988

HANH LINH GUESTHOUSE 225 Le Duan Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3793400 - 0987 702345

KIEU TRINH HOTEL Group 6, Quyet Tien Ward, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0968 168169

CAM TU GUESTHOUSE 330 Tran Phu Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0964 446555

HONG NGOC HOTEL Group 2, Doan Ket Ward, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3792468

NHAT HUY GUESTHOUSE Le Loi Blvd, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0977 303842

TUNG LAM GUESTHOUSE 288 Tran Phu Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3877929

PHUONG THANH HOTEL Tran Hung Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3875235

HOA BAN 2 GUESTHOUSE 30/4 Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0973 631999

TAY BAC XANH GUESTHOUSE Hoang Van Thai Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 6269005 - 0166 888880

ANH HUAN HOTEL Tran Hung Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3875337

BAN HAI GUESTHOUSE Tran Hung Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

 0213 3875322

NGOC HA GUESTHOUSE Shopping center, Tan Phong Ward, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0123 6267199

TAM DUONG HOTEL Tran Hung Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3876293

HUYEN TRANG GUESTHOUSE 95 Tran Hung Dao Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0213 3875829

HOA SUA GUESTHOUSE 179 Le Duan Str, Lai Chau City, Lai Chau

0169 4312640 - 0167 677969

4.Travel suggestion schedule in Lai Chau

We suggest a Lai Chau travel schedule so that you can combine with other attractive tourist destination. You should use them to reference and can also changes schedule appropriate with your trip.
 
* Sapa – Lai Chau – Sin Ho – Phong Tho (3 day 4 night)
 
Night 1: Hanoi – Sapa
 
Travel to Sapa from Hanoi by bus or train.
 
You can carry your motorbike from Hanoi or you can rent motorbike in Sapa
 
Day 1: Sapa – Lai Chau city – Phong Tho (120km)
 
Go to Lai Chau from Sapa by motorcycle along the National Road 4D. On the way, you also can visit Bac Waterfall, O Quy Ho mountain pass.
 
When arrive Lai Chau, you can visit some tourist community town or Pu Sam Cap caves.
 
Visit Tac Tinh waterfall in Tam Duong town
 
 
When to Phong Tho town, you move onto National Road 12 to get to Ma Lu Thang border crossing
 
 Visiting the Vietnam China Border Markers number 64 to 66
 
Sleeping in Phong Tho town.
 
 
Day 2: Phong Tho – Sin Ho
 
Go to Sin Ho from Phong Tho along the National Road 12
 
Visiting the Vietnam China Border Markers number 51 to 54 (if enough time)
 
Soaking body in traditional medicated leaves of Dao’s people in Sin Ho
 
Day 3: Sin Ho – Lai Chau – Sapa – Hanoi
 
Come back to Lai Chau from Sin Ho
 
Continue at O Quy Ho mountain pass and back to Sapa
 
Back to Hanoi by bus or train
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