Si Ma Cai District

Attraction Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

7 hours
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
Second-time visit
People watching
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Si Ma Cai, located in the Northeast of Lao Cai, is 95km far from the center. The place offers an equally picturesque and more serene alternative.

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Why Si Ma Cai District is special ?

Si Ma Cai is a rural district of Lao Cai Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. If Sa Pa’s well-worn tourist track and gung-ho hawkers have grown tiresome, Si Ma Cai offers an equally picturesque and more serene alternative.

Intrepid travellers consider the butterfly-shaped district of Si Ma Cai in mountainous northern Lao Cai Province to be a sleeping princess. This is especially so when compared to Sa Pa, which is also in Lao Cai. Visitors to Si Ma Cai find the same picturesque landscape of terraces and valleys filled with fog as in Sa Pa, but without the swarms of tourists. Like Sa Pa, Si Ma Cai is also a place to discover the vibrant lifestyle of some of Viet Nam’s ethnic minorities, including the Mong and Red Dao.


What to explore at Si Ma Cai District?

At the height more than 1600 metres from the sea level, Si Ma Cai (Lao Cai) always attracts tourists in Vietnam travel by the deep green color of the mountains, the winding roads and honesty, open-heart of women in the ethnic Mong and Nung.

The first characteristic of Si Ma Cai is the weekend market, not only it is where people exchange goods, but it also has an important role in the spiritual life of the people here. You will have a chance to meet young Hmong girls dress in colourful clothes with side spreading umbrellas in hands. The market day is where fellowship is exchanged, give a handshake and then touch the cups over smelled pot of Thang Co and share their feelings.


How to get to Si Ma Cai District?

Visitors can get to Si Ma Cai by booking tours with a travel agent such as Sinh Cafe, Hanoi Toserco or Kim Cafe. The tours are normally for three to four days. The cost for a package tour is VND 1 - 1.2 million per person. Costs may be higher if the traveller wants a longer stay or to book a private tour.

By public transport: Travellers depart from Ha Noi by train in the evening and arrive in Lao Cai early the next morning. They then take a bus to Sa Pa, Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai.


Selling points

  • Like a silk band placed around the hillside
  • An equally picturesque
  • Stunning deep green color of the mountains
  • The smallest and most remote mountainous commune
  • Beautiful area with friendly people
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Si Ma Cai, Lao Cai, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • Si Ma Cai can be cold in the morning, so you should carry warm clothes for your trip.
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  • The best time to visit Si Ma Cai is from October to November. This time, the place is full of blossoms which offers beautiful scenes to capture.
  • Si Ma Cai is well known of Man Than, Sin Cheng wines which are ranked for names. Si Ma Cai alcohol is cooked by traditional techniques over generations of Hmong people make up the most exquisite in taste of wine here.
  • Locals say "thang co" is the best local ethnic minority dish. The dish is an acquired taste, and some may be put off by the strange smell. But once you try some, you will never forget it.
  • The best place to watch buckwheat flower (hoa tam giac mach) is in Lử Thẩn ward in Si Ma Cai. But you have to pay an entrance fee of 20,000 VND per pax.
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