Muong Khuong Lao CaiLao Cai, Vietnam
Muong Khuong Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Muong Khuong district covers an area of 552 square kilometres, offering a wide range of activities and tours. Options include jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit… Muong Khuong district […]
Muong Khuong Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Muong Khuong district covers an area of 552 square kilometres, offering a wide range of activities and tours. Options include jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit…
Muong Khuong district contains 2 townships and 15 communes including Muong Khuong, Lao Ca, Cao Son, Ban Lau, Nam Chay, Tung Chung Pho, Ta Gia Khau, Pha Long, Din Chin, Ta Ngai Cho, Thanh Binh, Ban Sen, Lung Khau Nhin, La Pan Tan, Nam Lu, Ta Thang, and Lung Vai.
Muong Khuong is well known for its locl market which takes place on Sunday in the morning. Muong Khuong market is located in a small border town, which is frequented by Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities. They come from surrounding villages to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric.
Getting to Muong Khuong
The best way to get to Muong Khuong is to take the overnight train from Hanoi. There are several night trains each day from and to Hanoi. Most of the night trains depart from Hanoi train station at about 20.00 and arrive Lao Cai train station at about 5.00 am. There are 220 Volt / 50 Hz power outlets in the soft seat coaches. Upon your arrival at Lao Cai train station, Lao Cai city you can either rent a car or take Lao Cai local bus to get to Muong Khuong townlet, Muong Khuong district.
Rent a car from Hanoi is a great way to get to Muong Khuong. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai city, and two more hours to get to Muong Khuong town.
When to go
As the district 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).
What to do
Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Muong Khuong. Hiking offers the chance to explore Muong Khuong tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through remote hill tribe villages or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an trekking itinerary for you.
Cycling is another great way to discover Muong Khuong Vietnam. The less-traveled district of Muong Khuong has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling tours and mountain bike tours around Muong Khuong Lao Cai and the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.