Lai Chau is a frontier province, which is 450km to the northwest of Hanoi. The province shares the common border with China on the north, with Dien Bien province on the west and southwest, with Lao Cai on the east, with Yen Bai in the southeast and with Son La on the south.
Lai Chau’s topography is featured with Northwest – Southeast mountain ranges and high peaks such as Pu Sa Leng peak (3.096m), Fansipan (3.143m), Pu Sam Cap (1.700m). The well-known mountain ranges include Hoang Lien Son in the east, Song Ma in the west. The landscape is also characterized by high and steep mountains and hills alternated with deep and narrow valleys. The valleys are quiet flat, and some of which have become popular destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists, namely Tam Duong, Binh Lu, Than Uyen, Muong So valleys. The scenery becomes much more romantic and peaceful with the appearance of many plateaus, rivers and streams.
Lai Chau province features the tropic monsoon climate condition with the average annual temperature of 21 – 23 degree Celsius.
The province is home to 20 ethnic minority groups, each of which has its own cultural features. You can experience the traditional culture by joining the highland market sessions.
With scenic landscape, rich cultural features, Lai Chau promises to be a great destination for traveling. Tourists visiting Lai Chau can enjoy the majestic scenery, visit local villages to learn new knowledge about Vietnam culture in general and local culture in particular.