Lao Cai is one of the several provinces situated on the Sino-Vietnamese borderline. It is in the northwestern part of the country. Apart from the Kinh people, the province has several ethnic minority groups including the H’mong, the Tay, the Dao and the Thai peoples.
The province is endowed with many places of natural beauty. Visitors to the mountain province may enjoy a rice-terraced fields crawling on high mountain slopes in summer. When winter comes Western people visiting Lao Cai may feel bit nostalgia while enjoying picturesque sights of snow-capped mountain peaks. Yet, ones may feel lighthearted when the spring comes with many white-flower peach trees in blossom.