Van Ban Lao CaiLao Cai, Vietnam
Van Ban Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Van Ban district covers an area of 557 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… Van Ban district […]
Van Ban Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Van Ban district covers an area of 557 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…
Van Ban district contains 1 township and 22 communes including Khanh Yen, Van Son, vo Lao, Tan An, Tan Thuong, Nam Ma, Nam Rang, Nam Tha, Liem Phu, Chieng Ken, Son Thuy, Khanh Yen Ha, Khanh Yen Trung, Khanh Yen Thuong, Lang Giang, Hoa Mac, Dan Thang, Duong Quy, Nam Chay, Tham Duong, Minh Luong, Nam Xay, and Nam Xe.
Getting to Van Ban
The best way to get to Van Ban 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 Van Ban townlet, Van Ban district.
Rent a car from Hanoi is a great way to get to Van Ban. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai city, and two more hours to get to Van Ban 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 Van Ban. Hiking offers the chance to explore Van Ban 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 Van Ban Vietnam. The less-traveled district of Van Ban 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 Van Ban 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.