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Lai Chau

Orientation

Due to the geography of the region, Lai Chau is at the top of a herring-bone turn in the highway through town. From Sapa, you'll be approaching from the southeast, and from Muong Lay via either Phong To or Sinh Ho, from the south west. The town centres around the local market, with most of the accommodation to be found on the Sapa side, and most of the services on the Phong To side. There's little need to wander far from the main street through town for anything you're likely to be looking for.

Take note that power outages are very common in Lai Chau—. The ATM at the BIDV bank is on a generator, but your internet options will be non-existent at those times.

The Agribank is across the street from the post office — there's an ATM here, but it's frequently out of cash so don't rely on it. As elsewhere in the Northwest of Vienam, it's safest to start with enough cash in your pocket to get you back to civilisation.

The post office is across the street from the bank, a bit down the hill. Internet is available at 3,000 per hour.

The bus station is just under a kilometre from the town centre, along the road to Sapa, on the left.

Agribank: Main Road, opposite the Post Office, Lai Chau. T: (0231) 387 6603 F: (0231) 387 6603. agribanklaichau@gmail.com

Lai Chau Post Office: Main Road, Doan Ket Ward, Lai Chau. T: (0231) 387 5278, F: (0231) 3875 242. Hours: 06:30 to 21:30.

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