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    • Lao Cai to Hanoi by express bus?

      Lao Cai Apr 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Anyone aware of an express bus/minivan departing from Lao Cai & going to Hanoi that uses the new highway??

    • Packing for Sapa

      Sapa Apr 8, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      Id like some advice on what to pack for 3 days in sapa. I am going in July from Australia, and am doing a trek through the mountains.
      Will it be cold at all at that time of year?
      I would like to know if I need warm clothing or not.
      Cheers Melissa

    • Sapa Express bus

      Lao Cai Apr 1, 2015 at 2:54 AM

      I was hoping to catch the new Express bus as it passes by Lao Cai on the way from Sapa to Hanoi. Through email, the company has told me that they can pick me up at the highway round-about(!), but due to the language barrier, they have not been able to tell me if the bus automatically stops here. I am nervous that the bus will go flying past me and leave me stranded there for the night. I would appreciate it if someone who has taken this bus can assure me that they do indeed make an automatic stop at the Lao Cai round-about. Thanks in advance!

    • Visiting Sa Pa

      by wenbinchin Online Now Dec 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      I will be visiting Sa Pa on this coming Saturday (21 December 2013) and i know that Sa Pa is snowing right now, I'm wondering whether suitable for me to visit Sa Pa and any special preparation that i need to do?

      3 Answers Jan 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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      Train travel

      by lenardt Online Now Aug 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM

      Can someone please tell me how long the beds are on the overnight soft sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa? I am 6'3' tall and fairly large build.

      4 Answers Aug 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM
    • What is best weekend tour package to Sapa

      by linpaau Online Now Feb 13, 2010 at 2:01 AM

      We are 4 people that want a weekend trip to Sapa from Hanoi. We would like to see markets, ethnic villages and scenery, but some of us cannot manage uphill trekking or too long walking (about 45 minutes is OK, if not difficult). We would like to arrange it in advance over the internet. Which tour operator and which tour would people recommend - there seem to be so many!!



      1 Answer Feb 13, 2010 at 2:50 AM
    • visiting Sa Pa

      by kyleaz Online Now Jan 15, 2010 at 12:03 AM

      I think that we missed a lot in Sa Pa. What all do most people see? Our guide never showed us the water fall at one of the hill tribes. A local girl offered to show it to us but I didn't know how much time we had.
      We plan on going back.

    • Is it worth goiong to Sapa for one day?

      by latitudep Online Now Oct 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM

      We are thinking of going to Sapa on the overnight train, spending the day, probably a Saturday and then back on the overnight train. Could we plan a motorbike tour on the spot or should we organise it beforehand? ..or just spend the day at the markets?

      7 Answers Oct 3, 2009 at 4:06 PM
    • January in Sapa

      by chrislib Online Now Aug 5, 2009 at 3:37 AM

      We can only visit Sapa in January - is it worth it or will the weather make it a waste of time?

      4 Answers Aug 11, 2009 at 3:57 PM
    • ComfortableTrain to Sapa

      by DT2527 Online Now Feb 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM


      I will be traveling with a buddy from Hanoi to Sapa. We will like to book a 2 berth soft cabin for a comfortable ride. I note that there are quite many different train companies to choose from and am wondering any of you guys have experience with or recommendation for one that provides relatively new and comfortable train and 2-berth cabin. Victoria Express is out of the question as I understand it is exclusive for its hotel guests.

      Appreciate any assistance!

      2 Answers Feb 14, 2009 at 12:19 AM
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      Advices needed for Sapa Trip

      by marcus_gsh Online Now Dec 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM


      i plan to visit Sapa 4D3N, 3rd week of Jan 09, just myself.
      Any travel agency recommended? price range?
      should I prebook online first or book thru Hanoi hotel?
      How is the weather there?


      7 Answers Jan 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM
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      Malarya in Sa Pa

      by Jontxu Online Now Jun 25, 2008 at 6:49 AM


      I am going to Sa Pa late september, I would like to know if there is any malarya risk, to get some tablets with me or not.



      1 Answer Jun 25, 2008 at 11:20 PM
    • Advice needed

      by jharness Online Now May 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

      We are arriving in Hanoi on July 25th and after afew days there would like to visit Sa Pa. Please could you help with our questions?

      1. what the weather would be like
      2. what type of clothing would be best
      3. Should we book the overnight train from Hanoi before we leave England.
      4. should we book an organised tour before we leave England or can we do it from Hanoi when we arrive?
      5. Any suggestions as to how long we should stay in Sa Pa?

      Thank you for your help in anticipation

      4 Answers Jun 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM
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      Bus service from Sapa to Hanoi

      by kengsiriwat Online Now Feb 18, 2008 at 9:55 PM

      I have a limited time in Hanoi for weekend. I would like to visit Sa Pa by train on Friday night. And I need to back to Hanoi by Sunday evening. Is there a bus or other trasportation from Sa Pa to Hanoi on Sunday ?

      2 Answers Feb 19, 2008 at 9:04 PM
    • Markets in sapa

      by rungtip Online Now Nov 16, 2007 at 3:04 AM

      Hi everyone,

      Is there anyone know about markets info in sapa or area nearby, So far i have info on Bac Ha, Muong Hon and Coc Ly but i don't know if where is located.please enlighten me?

      Many thanks

      3 Answers May 14, 2008 at 12:28 AM
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      by JohanIsWeg Online Now Oct 27, 2007 at 11:36 PM

      Visiting Sapa end of February. Different tours offer a variety of trek options. I've identified the following villages: Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin, Giang Ta Chai (is that the same as Lao Chai?), Y Linh Ho, Hau Thao, Su Pan, Ta Van, Nam Keeng, Ban Ho, Cau May, Nam Toong, Nam Ken, Mi Son and Than Phu.
      My questions are:
      1. Have I missed out any?
      2. Which ones are in the cannot-miss category? (which are the best from a scenic and cultural perspective?)
      3. Which village would offer the best home-stay experience?
      Would appreciate any advice, recommendations, ideas.

      5 Answers Feb 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM

      by dotty58 Online Now Sep 15, 2007 at 2:49 PM

      What will be the expected weather at the end of October, will the rice fields be green? What would the best out of the way treks and markets be?

      Suggested attire for this area?

      2 Answers Oct 7, 2009 at 3:29 AM
    • Free Lanche Tour Guide Contact

      by ikira Online Now Aug 4, 2007 at 7:31 AM

      Hi Vts,

      I need your s to help this time
      My pre book tour guide in sapa has cancelled my booking last minutes.
      I need to find replacement for that.

      Can anyone provide me with some contacts.
      If cant get the tour guide, please kindly advice on the budget tour operator for the tour..



      2 Answers Aug 4, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    • Please advise the rent for motocycle in Sapa.

      by newhanoian Online Now Jul 26, 2007 at 1:46 AM

      I'm going to Sapa next month with a freind. Anyone here know how much is the price for renting a motorbike with driver / day? Or is there any other suggestion? How about a car with driver? I need to find transportation as I'm not going on a package..
      your response will be much appreciated. Thanks!

      1 Answer Jul 29, 2007 at 7:44 PM
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      Sapa in December

      by babiangel210 Online Now Dec 12, 2006 at 7:28 PM

      hey guys,

      my friend and I will be up in Hanoi and hoping to go to Sapa late december... does anyone have any tips, suggestions, comments ... anything?

      thanks thanks

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      beyond sapa

      by AnnPuddu Online Now Apr 17, 2006 at 2:59 AM

      i will be in hanoi at the beginning of may and would like to go on up to sapa and the highlands...i guess i can take the train or fly to sapa and would appreciate recommendations for really out-of-the-way places to visit from sapa...i can hire a car and guide if necessary...would like to see areas that are not visited by hordes of tourists. i have been teaching in danang for three months and really appreciate the scarcity of tourists here (as compared to hoi an and hue). thanx...

      6 Answers Apr 23, 2006 at 8:43 AM
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      Sa Pa in April / May

      by KY13 Online Now Feb 6, 2006 at 6:58 AM

      Hi guys,

      We r planning a trip to Sa Pa sometime April / May. Could you tell us what the weather would be like around that time? Also, whats the best way to travel from hanoi to Sa Pa and how long does the trip take?

      Thanks in advance

      2 Answers Apr 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM
    • Sa Pa, Vietnam, weather averages

      by c.trevor Online Now Jan 4, 2006 at 2:42 AM

      Can anyone give us the Jan/Feb average temps for sa pa please, trevor

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2006 at 9:17 PM