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Travel Tips Lao Cai

The most popular way to get to Lao Cai is by train. A number of services leave from Hanoi daily with cabin classes ranging from seats to sleepers. Whilst there is a day time service from Hanoi, the express overnight train is by far the most popular, with a number of services departing between from 8.00pm-9.00pm, arriving to Lao Cai City in the early morning. Train tickets can be arranged at most hotels or otherwise at the train station.

From Lao Cai visitors can explore the province via bus, taxi or rented car and motorbike. For those heading on to Sapa, connections are easy with numerous taxis and shuttle buses meeting the arriving trains from Hanoi. The trip takes about 1.5 hours. Motorbikes and car rental companies are also numerous and can be found in Lao Cai and Sapa towns.

Lao Cai is well serviced by all the major banks. ATMs are ample and can be found throughout Lao Cai City, in Sapa Town, and to a lesser degree in smaller townships. Most hotels in Lao Cai also accept major credit credit cards.

There are two main hospitals in Lao Cai province: Lao Cai General Hospital, Ly Cong Uan Street, Kim Tan Ward, Lao Cai City (T: +84-203. 842-989) and Sapaa Town General Hospital in Sapa Town (Tl: + 84-203. 871-390).

Tourist information
A tourist information centre is located opposite the Sapa town square with helpful English speaking staff.

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