Lai Chau is a relatively remote area. The only was of reaching Lai Chau is by road - may it be by bus, car or Xe Om. Lai Chau does not have a railway station or an airport
Lai Chau does not have its own airot. The closest domestic airport is in Dien Bien Phu, located 120 km from Lai Chau and the closest international airport is at Hanoi, located 276 km from the city
The bus station of Lai Chau is less than a kilometre away from the city center and there are frequent buses to Hanoi, Dien Bien Phu and Lao Cai. The bus toDien Bien Phu takes about 6 hours and costs 100,000 VND. The bus to Hanoi takes about 12 hours and costs between 200,000 - 300,000 VND. The bus to Lao Cai takes about 3 hours and costs 60,000 VND. the bus to Lao Cai stops over at Sapa
There are no waterways in Lai Chau
Lai Chau is fairly small and you can walk around most of the town by foot. You may also be able to rent a motorbike, at a shop near the city centre. Car rentals are also available and you can rent a car at 500,000 VND- 1,000,000 VND per day based on the type of car. You might have to deposit some money which will be returned back to you once you return the car.