About Lai Chau

Located in the mountainous area of northwest Vietnam, Lai Chau is a scenic attraction that fascinates anyone who has the opportunity to come here. It is also a great challenge for those who have a great desire to conquer nature. This land is both alluring and fanciful, keeping its charming beauty in pristine condition.

Coming to Lai Chau is coming to arduous mounts such as Bach Moc Luong Tu, Pu Si Lung, Pu Ta Leng and Ta Lien Son, which have long been the destination for authentic backpackers. You'll find yourself floating in the midst of white clouds. You can contemplate the dreamy scenery of Muong Than rice fields during the harvest season. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to learn about the unique culture of 20 ethnic minorities living together in the peaceful villages.

Best Time To Visit Lai Chau

Lai Chau has a subtropical climate, so it is colder here all year round than other regions. You can go to Lai Chau almost any time of the year, just avoid the rainy season of typhoons and landslides between June and August.

From December to March is the season of peach blossom, mountain ebony, plum flower, and many interesting festivals. April and May are the season of pouring water, so it is great to admire waterfalls and lakes. September and October are the days when you can take pictures of Muong Than rice fields turning sparkly yellow. 

(Feb - Apr)

Azalea flowers dye the top of Mt. Putaleng

Welcome the new year with villagers

Climb the dangerous unique-shaped peaks

Trekking through fairy moss-covered forests

Spring drizzle and light sunshine

(May - Jul)

Sudden showers

Water sparkles on terraced fields

It's sunny and hot

Nature treats you with delicious dishes

(Aug - Oct)

The golden rice fields of Muong Than are gorgeous

Cool and pleasant weather

Conquer the winding O Quy Ho pass

Climb the majestic peaks hidden in the clouds

Experience daily life at Si Thau Chai village

(Nov - Jan)

Snow may fall on mountain peaks

Cloud hunting season

Extremely cold and freezing at night

The old forest is gloomy and mysterious


About 400 kilometers from Hanoi, you should travel to Lai Chau by shuttle bus departing from My Dinh or Giap Bat bus station to ensure your health. For those who prefer to explore on their own motorcycles, they must be a mastered driver and in minimum physical conditions.


Time zone

GMT +07:00


Vietnamese Dong

Explore Lai Chau

Azalea forest blooming on top of Pu Ta Leng

Pu Ta Leng Peak, in the Hoang Lien Son range, is located in Tam Tang district, about 20 km from Lai Chau city. Pu Ta Leng is 3,049 m high, is the third highest peak discovered in Vietnam, after Fansipan (3,143 m, Lao Cai) and   Pu Si Lung (3,083 m, Lai Chau),   according to the Lai Chau Province Web Portal. In addition to the dense forest with many old trees, low forest floor with bamboo and cardamom, this place also attracts climbing enthusiasts when in March and 4 every year, colorful rhododendron trees at the high forest floor race to bloom. The road to the top of Pu Ta Leng heading from Sì Thuy Chai village is the place to encounter the most blooming azalea forest. This road is more difficult than the road from Ho Contract village or Ta Leng village, but more beautiful. Climbing to the top is not easy because through many steep terrain, the distance up and down 30 km, but the reward is completely worth it when "witnessing a beautiful fairytale scenery". Up to an altitude of about 2,900 m, visitors feel lost in the foreground. Climbers call this "Northwest Azalea Capital" or "Pu Ta Leng Fairy Garden" because of its gathering of tall trees, spreading canopies and beautiful flowers. Pu Ta Leng peak has about 30 different flowers, all kinds of red, pink, yellow and white flowers blooming interspersed. There are hundred-year-old azaleas, large, shaggy stems, there are trunks growing on cliffs. Azaleas are found in many Northwest forests such as Yen Bai, Lao Cai, but Pu Ta Leng is one of the most flowering peaks. In some areas, visitors will be able to see the blooming flowers and walk under the forest canopy with fallen azalea petals. Azaleas have thick, straight wings, long stigmas. Flowering plants are shrub or woody plants, with thick leaves, both single and double forms. To see the most beautiful azaleas, visitors can choose climbing courses two days one night or preferably three days and two nights, while conquering the peak while watching the flowers while still having time to rest and recuperate. Visitors are advised to find a local guide or purchase an all-inclusive tour for safety. This year's azaleas begin to bloom from the beginning of March and are at their peak, dying around the beginning of April. There are early blooming years from the end of February. If you conquer Pu Ta Leng peak around November 11, visitors will see the red maple forest. According to VnE Photo: Old cat

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