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Bac Ha

Getting there & away

Minibuses depart from Lao Cai for Bac Ha (28, 000d, two hours) around 6.30am and 1pm daily. Buses from Bac Ha leave for Lao Cai between 5.30am and 1pm. The road is well maintained and the rural scenery sublime.

Locals on motorbikes will do the Lao Cai–Bac Ha run for about US$10, or even Sapa–Bac Ha (110km) for US$15, but it’s a long way to be on the back of a bike. Sunday minibus tours from Sapa to Bac Ha start at US$10, including transport, guide and trekking to a minority village. On the way back to Sapa you can bail out in Lao Cai and catch the night train back to Hanoi.

Bac Ha is about 330km (10 hours) from Hanoi. Some cafés in Hanoi offer four-day bus trips to Sapa, with a visit to Bac Ha included.