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Hekou (河口) is a small town in Yunnan, China. It's on the border with Vietnam, adjacent to Lao Cai.

Get in

Buses run from various destinations within Yunnan, including a wild overnight sleeper from Kunming (¥109). Some connections, including Jinghong require you to change buses in Mengzi. The bus station is within walking distance of the border post, and Lao Cai is just across the bridge. The border is open 8AM-11PM (7AM-10PM Vietnamese time).

Get out

  • Night bus to Hanoi from Lao Cai. Costs about 350000 dongs. Very uncomfortable with loud music and no leg space. Train is much better option, but often need to be booked in advance.
  • Kunming: First bus is at 8h45, next 10h50 and cost about 140 cny. It takes about 8h to arrive to Kunming Eastern bus station. Take bus 60 (2 cny) to reach town center / railway station.
  • Yuan Yang rice terraces: first bus at 9h, 65 cny.


When leaving border office, chinese border officers can have a small paper with brief hekou map and basic glossary available.

Stay Safe

Beware of helpful guy speaking English at bus station. He will offer help for selling bus/train tickets in Vietnam for triple their real price or exchange currency several times more expensive than in respectable places. Check prices and exchange rates in advance. Tickets can be bought easily at Vietnam side of border.

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Get out

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