|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.14|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$3.77|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$9.44|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.33|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$1.69|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$8.82|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$7.08|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$931.24|
In the northeastern part of Vietnam, there is a place here known for the timber commodities. This is the city of Lào Cai. This city, which is also known for many carbide factories, is the capital of the province with the same name. The city is located in the junction of the red River of Vietnam and the Nanxi River of the Yunnan province of China. The city is bordered by the Yunnan province. The city itself is an ancient city and the land is said to have been formed a millions of years ago.
How can you get in to this city? As a tourist, your main point of entry will be the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. There are many cheap flights to Lào Cai through Hanoi. The city is about 260 kilometers away from Hanoi. From the airport, you can take a taxi or bus going to the train station. You can take the night trains going to Lào Cai from Hanoi and the travel time is about nine hours and the fare is around $20. Buses are also possible and there are many possible routes going to Lào Cai. Keep in mind that the border of these two countries is open with time constraints, which is around 7 in the morning until 10 in the evening. The city is relatively big, which is about 223 square kilometers and you can make use of the local transportation here such as bus, xe om or the motorcycle taxis and of course, the regular taxis.
In this city, you can go to the area that borders the city gate of Lào Cai. Check out the Ha Khau, another border gate, which is seen from this city. The road bridge that spans the Ho Nam Thi Kieu River is another good place to see. The Mother Temple of Lào Cai is another tourist destination here.
There are good hotels in Lào Cai and you can get one for as much as $20 per night with good amenities. With the use of online booking sites as well as travel agencies, you can get cheap flights to Lào Cai as well as travel packages.