Getting there & away
Minibuses to Sapa (25, 000d, 1½ hours) leave regularly until late afternoon from the station next to the Red River bridge. Minibuses to Bac Ha (28, 000d, two hours) leave several times daily; the departs last at 1pm.
Lao Cai is about 340km from Hanoi. Buses make the journey (85, 000d, nine hours), leaving early in the morning from the long distance bus station (Pho Nguyen Hué), but most travellers sensibly prefer taking the train. See Getting There & Away under Sapa for details on train travel between Hanoi and Lao Cai.