Hanoi to Lao Cai Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Hanoi to Lao Cai Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Lào Cai ( listen) is a city in the Northwest 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.

If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Hanoi and Lao Cai.

How far is Lao Cai from Hanoi?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 157 miles between Hanoi and Lao Cai. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.

For driving, it is roughly 182 miles or 294 km between Hanoi and Lao Cai. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Hanoi to Lao Cai drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 182 miles drive from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes 3 hours 7 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Hanoi and end in Lao Cai.

As 182 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.

Hanoi to Lao Cai road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Hanoi to Lao Cai, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Lao Cai, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Andorra, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 3 hours 7 minutes on the road

Itinerary

Start at Hanoi.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Quốc lộ 4D, QL.4D and stay for about 2 hours. Finally, drive for about 0.1 hours and arrive in Lao Cai.

Flying non-stop from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Hanoi and Lao Cai. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight time from Hanoi to Lao Cai, Lao Cai Province is 19 minutes under avarage conditions.

Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.

Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.