Famous for its beautiful landscapes, fresh air, friendly people along with the gorgeous terraced fields, Lao Cai is a favorite place of many adventurers from all over the country. For those who live away from Lao Cai, it is not convenient to travel by motorcycle to Sapa, you can rent a motorbike to explore. However, there are many cases of trouble because tourists do not find a place to rent a motorbike. Here are some experience when you rent a motorbike to travel in Lao Cai conveniently you can refer to:
What Are Lao Cai Motorbikes Rental Requirements?
It you want to rent a motorbike in Lao Cai, some rental companies ask for your passport while others don’t. We’ve noticed that shops located along the main touristy roads seem adamant about handing over your passport. It seems as though the smaller businesses on the less traveled side streets are more accepting to a passport photocopy or a cash deposit instead. To rent a motorbike in Lao Cai,you need two things:
For motorbike rental, there are different procedures depending on the rental shop and the length of the rental. If you stay in a hotel and rent a motorbike from the hotel for a few days, the hotel will not require a deposit. If you rent directly from a rental shop.
You need to give your passport to the owner until you return the motorbike or deposit an amount of money (from 1.5 million VND to 3 million VND). Leaving a passport with a shop while you travel the whole country is not ideal, so an alternative can be suggested. Often rental shops will accept a different form of valid identification or even a copy of the passport.
In some cases, an additional requirement could be the number of your hotel room if you’re renting a scooter from the hotel.
Or sometimes a rental company in Lao Cai could ask for the hotel that you are staying in.
Regarding payments, you almost always pay in cash and upfront. Most motorcycle companies don’t ask to see proof of a driver’s license. You can drive away from their shop without toppling over or crashing into something or someone.
Lao Cai motorbike rental price
According to the experience of people who have rented motorbikes in Lao Cai, the cost will be reduced when you select this type of vehicle.
When starting to rent a motorcycle, you must ask the lessor to give you a free map. Lao Cai travel is very convenient. Riding a motorbike go to eat is never afraid of expensive, a lot of food you can choice. If street food expensive you can go to other places, not like taxi they carry you to the restaurant to get the commission so the price will be higher.
- Motorbike Not automatic: Honda RS, RSX, Yamaha, Jupiter, Sirious, Future ….
- VND 90,000 ≅ 4USD / day (24 hours)
- Automatic Motorbike: Nouvo, Atila,
- VND 100,000 ≅ 5USD/ day (24 hours)
- VND 120.000 Airblade Motorbike/day (24 hours)
- Duration: 1 day is 24 hours
- – Example: 7:00 today to 7:00 the next day is counted as 1 day
- 15:00 today to 15:00 tomorrow is counted as 1 day
Don’t get too worried about the motorbike rent since it is quite cheap in Lai Cao, Vietnam. For each rental bike, you just pay around $3-$9 per day, but the rental scooter may cost you $10 or more.
If you intend to hire this motorbike for a long time (over a week), make sure you have a good deal with the company. (especially in peak seasons insist on a daily rate for how many days you hire)
Some places for Lao Cai Motorbike Rental
In Lao Cai you have many option to rent a motorbike, the easy way is check your hotel, your hostel in Sapa they always have the motorbike rental service and you can easy to return it in the night time.It is not difficult to rent a motorbike in Sapa . There are several variants:
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small hotels and hotels.
You can hardly walk around any (especially central) street without noticing a dozen rental places where you’ll be gladly helped to hire a scooter. But I recommend these fews stores as the quality of motorbikes are quite good and easy to find:
If you just want to go around in the center, bike rental is cheaper and more interesting! And before you use the motorbike, you must ask the nearest gas station.
– Ms. Li: Tel: 0915 190874
– A the Tourist Information Centre Lao Cai – 02 Fansipan. Sa Pa District. Lao Cai. Tel: 020 3871975
– Mr. Tuan: Tel: 0983 644 588.
– Mr. Trang: Telephone: 0935 999886
– Hoang Ha Sapa Hotel Royal, Ad: 08B Thac Bac Street, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province. Phone: 0203 872 535; Hotline: 0918 324 535, Fax: 0203 873 466.
– Thanh Dat Hotel: Address: Thach Son Street – Ham Rong – Sa Pa. Telephone: 01234346668
– Mr. Nghia: Tel: 0973865292
– Rent motorbike at address: 21 Thach Son. Sa Pa District. Lao Cai. Phone: 0983 644588
Renting a motorbike in Lao Cai checklist
Sometimes it is better to pay a bit more for your bike so you feel safe and secure when driving, and you don’t spend half your journey fixing your motorbike. Feeling comfortable and safe on your bike is important, especially with the insanity of the traffic in Lao Cai.
- Check the profile on the tires, roads can be slippery.
- Are your head and back light working?
- Are the direction lights and break light working?
- Is your fuel meter working? You kinda want to know when you need to gas up again!
- Ask how often oil has been changed.
- Maybe most important: is your horn working?
- Are both breaks working properly, are they not too loose or too tight?
- Put the motorbike on a high standard to check if your back wheel does not move left and right.
- Do a test ride to see if you can get the motorbike in neutral (located between your 1 and 2 shift).
- See if the motorbike starts without its kickstart.
- Check to see if there are no oil stains on your engine, there should not be any oil leaking.
- Take a seat on your motorbike to see how the springs are, it should bounce back immediately (not yoyo).
- Check to see if the kickstart works, make sure to put your bike in neutral for this.
- Test all gears, which might mean you have to find a piece of road where you can get up to 70km/h, shifting gears should be easy. In its 4th gear a Honda Win should get up to 75km/h.
- Ride in all gears to make sure that the gears do not shift back to neutral (this would indicate a damaged gearbox).
- Check the chain and cogwheel of the bike for any damages.
TIPS FOR RIDING A MOTORBIKE IN Lao Cai
Yes? You are still pursuing this adventure? You are going to ride a motorbike in Lao Cai? Perfect, stay with me a bit longer to read some more tips! So now that you have a motorbike it is time to hit the road and not look back. Before you leave to Sapa don’t forget to check out these tips with things to know before you go to Vietnam! Here are a couple of things you should consider taking with you:
- A helmet, obviously.
- A raincoat or poncho, yes it can rain in Vietnam.
- Suncream for when the sun in shining.
- A jacket if you are riding in winter months or going higher up into the hills.
- A lock for locking up your bike at night (or in sketchy places).
- Multi tool to change the oil yourself or secure that mirror back on.
- Bungee cords and a rain cover to secure and protect your backpack.
- A sim card with internet data and a battery pack.
- Enough water to last you for a day.
You now have all information on riding a motorbike in Lao Cai. Yes, it might be a bit risky concerning safety and costs, but there still is a reason why such a large part of backpackers decide to get a motorbike. Good Luck!
Lao Cai Travel Guide
Lao Cai is a mountainous province near the international border gate with an area of 6383.89 square kilometers, shares the borders with Ha Giang in the East, Son La and Lai Chau provinces in the West, Yen Bai province in the South and Yunnan Province (China) in the North. Lao Cai has the population of 613.1 thousand inhabitants and is also the homeland of major ethnic groups of the country such as Viet (Kinh), H’Mong, Tay, Dao, Thai, etc.
The province is a true mountainous complex terrain, constituted by some valleys lying between hills and mountain. There located Fansipan, which is the highest peak on Hoang Lien Son range which is 3.43m above the sea level. This peak is also the most famous mountain peak in Vietnam, attracting thousands of arrivals each year in Vietnam. There are approximately 107 rivers flowing pass Lao Cai, including Red River, Chay River, and Nam Mu River. Besides, this land is granted by the creator an admirable variety of biological treasures: 2000 types of flower, 442 types of bird and animal. Many of them can only found in Lao Cai and nowhere else in Vietnam, or in the world to be exact.
Lao Cai owns precious characteristics for tourism. The number of 25 ethnic groups has created the unique identity of Lao Cao, making it an abundant land in the cultural identity, the historical tradition, and cultural heritage. Moreover, with the stunning beauty from famous scenic spots as Sapa, Bac Ha, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong and the clean environmental landscape, Lao Cai province hopes to be an ideal tourist destination for domestic and international tourists.
Getting to Lao Cai
Lao Cai is about 296km away from Hanoi under the railway and 345km by road.
You can buy tickets from Hanoi station or from one of the private operators, such as Livitrains on Phan Dinh Phuong. It can be highly recommended that you should get a return ticket sorted in Hanoi because trains get busy and you might find yourself stranded or paying big money for a private carriage.
The working times at Lao Cai train station are 8:00 to 10:00 and 14:00 to 16:00. Prices for a one-way ticket for soft sleepers swing from VND 600,000 dong to VND 1,100,000 dong (depending upon the number of bed cabin). Hard sleepers are from VND 380,000 to 500,000 dong and Soft seats are from VND 250,000 to 265,000 dong.
Another choice for tourists is to get a bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The buses are provided by Sao Viet and Hai Van companies. It will take your 8.5 hours en route and cost around 17 dollars.
What to See in Lao Cai
Spending time in Lao Cai on a Northern Vietnam trip can bring you more than excitement. With abundant choices of amazing destinations, from nature sightseeing trip and shopping trip, travelers have a golden opportunity to let their hair down and enjoy their fantastic and meaningful trip.
Sapa is a beautiful town located in Vietnam’s remote Northwest Mountains. It is famous for both its incredibly picturesque scenery and its rich cultural diversity. There are a number of ethnic minorities inhabiting in this mountainous town, including H’mong, Dzao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa and Xa Pho. With the distinct customs and habits and unique clothing styles, every group has been contributing to drawing a colorful vivid cultural picture of the town.
Apart from it, the attraction of the town is coming from a plenty of stunning landscapes. Trekkers will feel excited about Mount Fansipan. In a Sapa tour, Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa church, Muong Hoa Valley are attractive places for authentic discovers and for passionate photographers. Culture lovers can be appealed by “Love Market” which is the beginning of many romantic loves until now.
Cao Son Market
Cao Son market is located on Cao Son commune, Muong Khuong district, and about 80km far away from Lao Cai city, 120km from Sapa.
The market is taken place every Wednesday, often in the early morning and sets among magnificent rolling mountains. On the way to Cao Son market, you will explore beautiful landscapes with pineapple and tea farm, rice terrace fields, etc.
When coming to the market, you will see a plenty of colorful products and dresses which is made by ethnic girls’ skillful hands. In the bustling atmosphere and attraction, you can have a stop to try seductive flavors from some kind of food as buffalo meat, horse meat and beef of Mongolia and intriguing wine of Coc Dam and Coc Ngu.
Besides, a tour on the Chay river will give you an amazing chance to cruise on the river and soak up a romantic and poetic landscape, as well as enjoy the cultural interference of ethnic groups living in the villages along this river.
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