Lào Cai

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For the province with the same name, see Lào Cai Province.
For the Burmese town with the same Chinese name, see Laukkai.
Lào Cai
Thành phố Lào Cai
Đền Mẫu Lào Cai 2.jpg
Lào Cai is located in Vietnam
Lào Cai
Lào Cai
Location in Vietnam
Coordinates: 22°29′N 103°57′E / 22.483°N 103.950°E / 22.483; 103.950
Country  Vietnam
Province Lào Cai Province
 • Total 221.5 km2 (85.5 sq mi)
 • Total 94,192

Lào Cai (About this sound listen) is a city in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is the capital of Lào Cai Province. The city borders the city of Hekou Yao Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of Southwest China. It lies at the junction of the Red River (Sông Hồng) and the Nanxi River (Yunnan) approximately 160 miles (260 km) northwest of Hanoi.[1]

It is a market town for timber, and the Lào Cai Railway Station is located on the Hải Phòng railway to Yunnan Province in China.


The town was invaded by the Chinese in 1979 and the border was closed and not reopened until 1993.[2][3] The town has a carbide factory. As of 2003 the district had a population of 86,855.[4] The district covers an area of 223 km².[5]


  1. ^ Lào Cai profile in Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Lào Cai info. at AccessVietnam Travel
  3. ^ Forbes, Andrew, and Henley, David: Vietnam Past and Present: The North (History and culture of Hanoi and Tonkin). Chiang Mai. Cognoscenti Books, 2012. ASIN: B006DCCM9Q.
  4. ^ "Districts of Vietnam". Statoids. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lao Cai Administrative Map". Laocai.gov.vn. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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Coordinates: 22°29′N 103°57′E / 22.483°N 103.950°E / 22.483; 103.950