Introducing Lao Cai
Lao Cai, the end of the line so to speak, is right on the Vietnam–China border. The town was razed in the Chinese invasion of 1979, so most of the buildings are new. The border crossing here slammed shut during the 1979 war and only reopened in 1993.
The border town on the Chinese side is called Hekou – you would have to be an enthusiast of Chinese border towns to want to hang out there.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009