Lai Châu

Lai Chau

Lai Chau
The Essential
If you're heading to Sapa from Muong Lay, stop off at Lai Chau, a burgeoning town which has the appearance of a non-stop construction site, although daily life continues in the old section of town. Browse its market (Cho Phong Tho), which is at its busiest on the days of local fairs. The market is popular with the many different ethnic groups from the villages surrounding the town. It's also a good place to buy green tea which is grown in plantations tended by Hmong, Dai and Kinh families to the north of the town.