Si Ma Cai

Si Ma Cai is a comprehensive travel guide about private car hire, car rental with driver, easy bus, train station pickup, transfers, transport from/to Si Ma Cai Vietnam. Rent a car with driver and make the most of your trip to Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam.

Si Ma Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. The district covers an area of 241 square kilometres, and contains 1 township and 12 communes including Si Ma Cai, Thao Chu Phin, Ban Me, San Chai, Lung Sui, Man Than, Can Ho, Sin Cheng, Lu Than, Quan Than San, Can Cau, Nan Sin, and Nan San.

Si Ma Kai is well known for its local markets such as Sin Cheng market, Can Cau market. Can Cau market is held every Saturday. This is a colourful, vibrant market where you will encounter minority peoples such as the Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Nung, Phu La and even Chinese people from across the border. All kinds of goods are traded here, from fabrics to various types of livestock to the powerful local corn wine.

Si Ma Cai map

How to get to Si Ma Cai?

There are several ways for getting to Si Ma Cai. You can get there by train (Hanoi – Lao Cai), private car, limousine shared transfer, shuttle, local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. Your choices are diverse. This depends on your departure location, preferred means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. There is no airport in Si Ma Cai district.

Getting to Si Ma Cai from Hanoi

The best way to get to Si Ma Cai from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Si Ma 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 Si Ma Cai from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or limousine shared transfer are low cost options for getting from Hanoi to Si Ma 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 day buses 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 city. It takes about 8 hours by train and you will arrive to Lao Cai train station at about 5–6.30 am. From Lao Cai city, they connect a local bus or book a private car for Si Ma Cai.

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

Si Ma Cai when to go?

Si Ma Cai district 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).

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 Si Ma Cai district and this adds a lot of colour and local festivities and fun.

Car and driver for Si Ma Cai

The best way to explore Si Ma Cai as well as its surrounding areas is to rent a car with driver. The option offers you the flexibility to discover the district at your own pace. Booking a private car with driver is recommended for a car trip, family holidays, and photography tour.

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seat Sedan, 7, 8 seat MPV, SUV, 4WD, 15, 16 Minivan, Minibus, 29, 35, 45 Coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages. Options include easy bus station pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out (with driver) for overland trips, self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours to Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province, and the northern region of Vietnam.

No matter if in Si Ma Cai 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 Si Ma Cai district from Vietnam Car Hire!

Si Ma Cai car rental packages

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

Private transfers to Si Ma Cai district

Private transport from Si Ma Cai district to other destinations in Vietnam

Hanoi to Si Ma Cai bus

We at don’t provide bus ticket from Hanoi to Si Ma Cai. Therefore we can help you with updated information about Hanoi – Si Ma Cai local bus, timetable, schedule you may need for planning your perfect trip to Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. More details about this budget option can also be found online at our partner’s site:

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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Si Ma Cai?

Si Ma 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 Si Ma 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 driving to and in Si Ma Cai Vietnam. Many places neighboring Si Ma Cai district might be inaccessible by sedan and/or big coach.

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

When booking Si Ma 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 Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province. 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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