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Sapa is a must visit for people going to Hanoi. The bus trip is certainly different a lay down bus but the hotel where we stayed was very comfortable and the meals there were excellent. Our guide on the walks went out of his way to explain everything and to answer all questions. The only disappointing aspect is the amount of rubbish in the rivers and everywhere on the ground. The authorities will need to do something to clean this up before it becomes a health hazard ....... both for the environment and for the people of the area.
The sights are breathtaking. Tour guide was fantastic. Some women from the villages trekked with us and thank goodness they did, they stopped us from slipping in the mud a few times. Very muddy and wet when we went so wear good non slip shoes. So much fun though. The buses were like nothing I've ever seen, comfortable though. You'll stop at a road house along the way for a toilet break, you need to pay a small amount to use them so take money and take tissues with you as they don't have toilet paper. The motel we stayed in was gorgeous, staff were lovely, food was great and cheap cocktails and beer. Highly recommend this trip.
Highly recommended tour! Sapa surroundings are simply great. If you sped time in Vietnam you don and #39;t have to lose Sapa and his rice terraces. Great tour!
Great tour for those who don't mind long uphill, downhill and muddy trekking! Would not recommend if you have injuries of any kind as you are out in the fields for hours. We were in our element though and Hien our tour guide was amazing - so knowledgable, fun and easy to understand. Would definitely recommend as this is a beautiful way to see Sapa.
We had a great time walking through the corn fields and rice fields. Zoom our guide was excellent and would highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable on the area having grown up there and his english was excellent. A beautiful walk through the village to the waterfall. I would recommend this tour
The bus is faster than going by train but has sleeper seats designed for small people. I could not fit my 6ft 2in into most seats so was left with the option of the seats at the back which are more like beds with about 30 cm of headroom. So not good for those who are claustrophobic. I was told the sleeper train has a similar problem with short beds.
The Panorama hotel was fine but nothing special.
The walks with the local tour guide were good and he was helpful and informative. The itinerary changed from that advertised but only in that the long walk was done on the first day in 3 hours, rather than on the second day over 5 hours. The shorter walk was then done on the second day.
Lovely guide and comfortable transport. Hotel lovely location and trekking perfect. Bit touristy on second day but well worth it.
Sapa is amazing. The area these rice terraces cover is so much larger than I thought. It's a beautiful product of man working with nature perfectly. Besides riding an elephant, this was my favorite part of my vacation. We stayed at the Sapa Vista hotel, and the room was amazing, with a great view of the mountains. Our two hikes started from the door of the hotel, which was right around the corner from Cat-Cat Village. The first day of trekking was about 2.5 hours, lots of stopping, didn't cover a huge distance, mainly downhill, and ended at the bridge and waterfall. The second day was easily 5 hours, much more difficult but the views are what makes it worth it. Your not walking on designated paths, it feels like the guide is making it up as you go. We had a group of about 15 people, with some local village people mixed in that helped us along the way. We didn't see any other groups the majority of the day. I have a bad knee and this hike really aggravated it. It was hurting for about a week after this. I still think it was worth it though. The only thing frustrating for me was that the person that picks you up at the hotel in Hanoi, is not your tour guide. There is one person that picks you up in a van, that takes you to a bus, which has driver, that bus takes you for 5 hours to Sapa seats that only lay down, bunk bed style, and not meant for people over 5'11''. That bus drops you off at the bus station for another van ride to the hotel. remember the name of the large bus company, its important info you need to get back, The smaller van driver may or may not be your tour guide for your trekking. There is no clear leader to this plan, but somehow it worked out. There were a lot less people on the way back to Hanoi than on the way there, not sure if anyone got left behind. The town of Sapa is much larger than I thought it would be, very commercial, but the hill tribes, the trekking, and scenery are exactly what you want it to be. Its a long rides to get there, but its worth it. And if it rains close to when you are there, you might lose a shoe in the mud.
This is a great tour, but you change guides several time during the two days. The Panorama Hotel is nice with good facilities. The Hmong villages are beautiful. There is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces on this tour. At the end of the tour I was dropped off in Hanoi at 9 pm at night 3 blocks from the hotel, had I not been there before I would have been scared to death.
cold hotel and views spoilt by heavy mist but the guide was good and the group fun, the sleeper coach was not enjoyable but may have been better than a coach, only one short break on the way back due to picking up extra passengers on the way back and dropping them off
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