Lai Chau province is located in the northwest of Vietnam. The province shares its borders with Yunnan province (China) to the North, with other provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai, and Son La to the East and with Dien Bien to the West and Southwest. The province has a common border with China of 273 km in length.
Natural resources: Feralit and alluvia are major kinds of soils found in Lai Chau. In general, the soils here are suitable for developing forestry, perennial industrial crops and cattle breeding. Besides, Lai Chau has many important minerals such as copper, lead, gold, coal in Na Sang, rare earth in Phong Tho district and Kaolin in Huoi Pha, etc.
Travel resources: Lining between Sa Pa and Dien Bien Phu which are two reputed tourist destinations, Lai Chau has large lake systems from hydroelectric power stations as well as grandiose sceneries. Moreover, Lai Chau owns a diversified culture created by 20 ethnic groups. With these advantages, Lai Chấu is considered to have a great potential for tourism development. Besides that, it is quite advantageous for the province to develop ecotourism, cultural tourism and sustainable agriculture because of having plate
Traffic: Transportation is Lai Chau is rather challenging due to its difficult topography. Roadway is the major means in the province. There are 5 national highways running through the province (National highways No. 12, 32, 4D, 279, 100 with the total length of 216 km). National highway no. 12 connects Dien Bien Phu city with China (through Ma Lu Thang border gate). National 4D connects to Sa Pa town of Lao Cai province. In 2010, there were 97 communes having motorway reaching centers.
Power system: Electricity grid was combined of different lines including 110, 35, 22, 10 and 0.4 KV and transformer systems. The 110KV line is 87km long; the 35KV line: 688km; the 22KV line: 0.16km; the 10KV line: 5.9km; the 0.4KV line: 408km. There are two 110KV substations with the total capacity of 16,000KV; a 35/6KV substation with capacity of 48.429 KVA; a 22/0.4 KV substation with capacity of 10KVA; 6 10/0.4 KV substations with the total capacity of 920KVA; a 04/10KV substation with capacity of 1,120K
Water system: Water supply works mainly meet a water demand in urban areas. In 2010, urban water supply works was installed in 5 out of 7 towns and over 80% civil population is supplied with clean water
Post and Telecommunication Systems: Communication network was improved gradually. Broadband Internet service was installed in all 7 districts of the province. There are also 68 post offices in 2010 that increases by 9.3% compared to 2005.
GDP growth rate 2018: 7.22%
Up to now, Lai Chau has 1 FDI projects with the total investment capital is about 1.5 million US dollars.
Hydropower, agro-forestry processing, construction materials, mineral exploitation, traditional handicraft, infrastructure development, tourism,
LAI CHAU DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND INVESTMENT
MA LU THANG BORDER GATE ECONOMIC ZONES AUTHORITY OF LAI CHAU PROVINCE