Lao Cai Car Hire

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Located in North-West Vietnam, Lao Cai province is surrounded by Yunna (China) on the north, Lai Chau Province on the west, Ha Giang Province on the east and Yen Bai, Son La provinces on the south.

The remarkable feature of Lao Cai is biologic diversification. There are 2,000 kinds of flora, 442 kinds of birds and animals… of which 60 kinds of animals only found in Lao Cai, 9 kinds of floras only found in Sapa. So that Lao Cai owns a treasure of valuable and rare genes, making up 50% rare floras in Viet Nam.

The Province is subdivided into 1 city and 8 districts including Lao Cai city, Bac Ha, Bao Thang, Bao Yen, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Sapa, Si Ma Cai, and Van Ban district.

Lao Cai map

Lao Cai what to see

As Lao Cai Province is mountainous and still developing, its natural environment is relatively environmentally unspoilt. This means that its potential as an ecotourism destination among Vietnamese and foreigners is still intact.

Lao Cai preserves lots of special cultural and historical sites. Outstanding vestiges is ancient stone engrave area with picture of map, handwriting, people thousand years ago in Muong Hoa Valley (Sapa), Pho Rang vestige. There are many beautiful caves like Thuy Tien (Bat Xat), Ta Phoi (Cam Duong), Tien-Trung Do (Bac Ha), Xuan Quang (Bao Thang).

Lao Cai is very proud of Sapa, a unique natural tourist site. Many new married couples like spending their honeymoon in Sapa because of good weather and romantic sightseeing. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. They enjoy discovering other interesting places including Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo forest, Ta Phin Cave and Sapa ancient rock field. Taken place every Saturday night, Sapa Market is an attractive place for visitors who are keen on exploring traditional cultures.

In addition, Bac Ha Market hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands. It is a typical weekly activity for the H’Mong and other minority groups living in the locality. In Cat Cat Village many H’Mong residents are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry.

It is interesting to travel from Lai Chau to Lao Cai following National Highway No. 4D because of scenery along roadsides and impressive sight of Hoang Lien Son Range. This way attracts to people liking the adventure and discover on bicycle, too.

How to get to Lao Cai?

Located 300km from Hanoi, Lao Cai can be reached by car or train. There is National Highway No.70, 279, 4D linking Lao Cai to Yen Bai, Lai Chau and Ha Giang, China in turn. There are two trains depart from Hanoi daily to Lao Cai.

You can get to Lao Cai by train, private car, limousine shared transfer, shuttle, local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. You have many choices depending on your departure location, preferred means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. There is no airport in Lao Cai.

Getting to Lao Cai from Hanoi

The best way to get to Lao Cai from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai offers you the chance to make as many stops on the way as you wish for coffee breaks, side-road visits, or just shooting pictures.

There are also public buses going to Lao Cai from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or limousine shared transfer are alternative options for getting from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Most of Limousine service and shuttle buses depart from My Dinh bus station in the west of downtown Hanoi. While most of overnight buses leave from My Dinh bus station, you may find some departing from Gia Lam or Giap Bat bus station. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and/or during school holidays in summer.

Lots of visitors travel by a night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. It takes about 8 hours by train and you will arrive to Lao Cai in 5–6.30 am. Lao Cai is about 30 km from Sapa and you can travel on this route by a local public bus or private bus.

Local taxis, Uber, and Grab car, motorbike rental, bicycle hire service are also available in Hanoi.

Lao Cai when to go?

As the province is mostly mountainous, it experiences a dry cold climate from October to March, while the tropical monsoon is rainy season which lasts from April to September. The annual average temperature is 23 °C (73 °F). The temperature generally ranges between18 °C (64 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F) in the mountainous region, with the lowland areas showing a temperature variation of between 20 °C (68 °F) and 22 °C (72 °F). In Sa Pa town however, the temperature drops to less than 0 °C (32 °F) with snowing conditions. Fog and frost are a common phenomenon in the province.

Best time to visit

During the months of September to October, summer slowly starts fading away resulting in a drastic reduction of torrential rain. This time is the off season for domestic travellers and this gives you the opportunity to enjoy a natural holiday and soak in the local culture. September is also the harvest season in Lao Cai and this adds a lot of colour and local festivities and fun.

Lao Cai car hire

Renting a car with driver assures a hassle-free journey to destinations, in and around Lao Cai Province. Vietnam Car Hire is a local transportation company that can help you to get your car rental bookings or airport transfers confirmed in just few clicks.

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seater Sedan, 7, 8 seater MPV, SUV, 15, 16 seater minivan, minibus, 29, 35, 45 coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages in Lao Cai province as well as in northern Vietnam. Options include easy airport pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, and private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out, also with driver for self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours.

No matter if in Lao Cai Vietnam for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Lao Cai from Vietnam Car Hire!

Lao Cai car rental packages

The following packages are only sample car rental packages, private transfers we design for travelers to travel to Lao Cai or from this province to other destinations in northern Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized routes, tailor-made travel plans, car rental options, best rates, deals, seasonal promotions, and service’s availability.

Private transfers to Lao Cai

Private transport from Lao Cai to other destinations in Vietnam

Hanoi to Lao Cai bus

We at don’t provide bus ticket booking service. Therefore we can help you with updated information of local bus schedule you may need for planning your upcoming trip to Lao Cai, Vietnam. More details about this budget option can also be found online at our partner’s site:

Other routes

  • Transport from Dien Bien to Lao Cai or v.v
  • Transport from Hoa Binh to Lao Cai or v.v
  • Transport from Lai Chau to Lao Cai or v.v
  • Transport from Son La to Lao Cai or v.v
  • Transport from Yen Bai to Lao Cai or v.v

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Lao Cai, Vietnam?

Lao Cai car rental rates vary much depending on your travel plan, rental cars, routes, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business trip) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.

What is the most popular rental cars in Lao Cai?

7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Lao Cai, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. 4,5 seat Sedans and 45, 50 seat coaches are only recommended for some districts of Lao Cai such as Bao Thang, Bac Ha, and Sapa. Other mountainous districts of Lao Cai province might be very difficultly accessible by sedan and/or big coach.

Why should I book Lao Cai private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?

When booking Lao Cai car hire via, all your car rental options will be suggested by senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides, and local people who have been to Lao Cai. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.

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