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    • Sapa Express bus

      Lao Cai 3 hours ago

      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!

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    • Homestay in Sapa

      by Yongtk92 Online Now Jan 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Hi, Can anyone recommend to me how I should arrange my trip to Sapa?

       

      As I will arrive in Hanoi on the 20th of Feb, I was planning to take the overnight train to Sapa and be there till the 23rd before taking the train back, a total of 3D2N spent in Sapa.

       

      • I know I will be able to book the train tickets online but what about the bus from Lao Cai to Sapa? I have heard many commented that they booked through either an agency or the hotel, because I'm pretty sure I will get ripped off if I were to book it at the train station itself. 
      • Since I will be there for 3D2N, are there 2 nights homestay or should I do just a 1N homestay and 1N hotel before heading back to hanoi?

       

      9 Answers Feb 3, 2015 at 9:37 PM
    • Avoiding Tours in Sapa

      by EmilyL40 Online Now Nov 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Can anyone recommend dome good treks in Sapa which we can do without a guide? My partner and I hate guided tours and prefer to make things up as we go along, so we want to just take a trek by ourselves. Are there any good destinations or villages which can be trekked to within one day - besides Cat Cat village?

      8 Answers Nov 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM
    • clothing to take to sapa in mid feb 2014

      by waterdragon1 Online Now Feb 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      we are 2 ladies in your early 60't travelling to Sapa we are staying in a hotel and trekking out every day, what clothes should we take i am leaving next week for 4 days, taking the train up from Hanoi.

      4 Answers Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM
    • safety in vietnam

      by Dinahbean Online Now Sep 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Hi- I will be traveling by train to sapa with my 10 year old daughter in Novemeber, from Hanoi. If you read the government websites, and visit your "travel health specialist" you get the idea that horrible diseases and risks are everywhere! We both got our Hep A and TDP and are up to date on the regular vaccines, but Typhoid/JE/ maleria??? How many (relatively careful) tourists
      actually suffer from these sicknesses after a week or 2 in Sapa- or 3 1/2 weeks (in our case) in the country, sticking mainly to the beach and large towns, cities ? I am also wondering about train travel down the coast in November- is that safe? Thank you- ( i want to say that before i started traveling with a kid- these kinds of things never crossed my mind- parenthood has made me more careful- maybe they should call it par(anoid)enthood!!!!

      12 Answers Sep 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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      best train from hanoi to sapa

      by aussiebrian Online Now Oct 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      i will be travelling from hanoi to sapa around 25th november 12. there appears to be a number of train carriage and i was wondering which is the best other than Victoria. also what is the weather like then? cold? there is a lot of references to trekking around sapa. i am not the fittest being an office worker are the walks steep or gradual rises.

      5 Answers Aug 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM
    • A long shot - lost/stolen camera

      by nesbitt2503 Online Now Apr 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM

      Hey...

      I know this is a longshot but I stupidly left my camera in one of the bar/shops on the ascent from Cat Cat to Sapa (literally one of the last shops before you reach the first hotels at the bottom of Sapa}.

      It was a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 (or maybe TZ8 - I forget!}. I returned to the bar 40 minutes later and as expected the camera had gone. The owner asked some of the kids who frequent the place whether they had seen it - one of the children couldn't look me in the eye when this was being explained and I am certain one of the kids there knows its whereabouts.

      Anyway if any of you kind souls are offered a panasonic camera that still has pictures on it (I am wearing a white t-shirt with "scottish widows" written on the front, my girlfriend a plain white t-shirt}, please take the camera and I will refund your costs and some!

      I have about 7 weeks worth of pictures on there, only backed up half. I am obviously devastated to lose the pictures ( I really dont care about the camera, I would gladly take just the memory card back} and don't hold much hope of seeing them again but thought I should try every avenue to retrieve them.

      Finally, remember to double check you have everything before you leave an establishment or suffer like me!

      Thanks,

      Shaun

      4 Answers Feb 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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      Cold winter lasted until late April

      by sunnyhor Online Now Jan 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      Hi,
      will be visiting Sapa late Feb. Had read a forum people saying, the cold weather will last until late April. Don't know whether is it reliable. Was told that in Feb & March, weather hit a low of 4-6oC and average is just a 9oC. Can anyone comment on this? I'm trying to pack as light as I could.

      10 Answers Jun 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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      sapa in july

      by annalecce Online Now Jan 2, 2011 at 7:12 AM

      Even if we know that this is not the best period to visit Sa Pa, we have no choice. My husband and me will arrive in Hanoi and wanto to have a two-three days trip in Sapa. We want some advise about the mean to get there. We've been told that night train is safer, but you lose most of the magnificent scenery. What about hiring a 4x4 jeep? Too much expensive? And safety?

      11 Answers Jun 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM
    • 4x4 hire

      by King406 Online Now Oct 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM

      Hi, I'm hoping to travel to Sapa mid November and was thinking about renting a small 4x4 - instead of a motorbike. Any advice would be appreciated.
      British driving license.

      8 Answers Jun 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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      Bac Ha Market

      by orchid1949 Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 4:50 AM

      I plan to visit Sapa in October and join the tour to visit Cancau market on Saturday and Bac ha market on Sunday. Is it worth both markets ?
      First day arrive Sapa and visit village around Sapa.
      2nd day to Cancau and overnight in Bacha.
      3rd day visit Bac Ha market on Sunday and take the train back to Hanoi from Laocai in the evening.

      Is it a good plan ?

      Thanks.

      8 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM
    • Homestay in Sapa

      by Pfiant Online Now Jun 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM

      I was wondering if I should be booking a homestay in Sapa prior to getting there, or it'll be easy to find a tour agency to book once I'm there?

      Also, what's the recommended no. days of stay in Sapa?

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM
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      Sapa weather

      by trent_connor Online Now Feb 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM

      How is the weather in Jan/Feb in Sapa? Ave temperature? Does it rain a lot around this time?

      5 Answers Apr 10, 2010 at 3:04 PM
    • Sapa and surrounds for two older ladies in March 2010

      by leeta Online Now Jan 27, 2010 at 4:54 AM

      Can someone tell me specifically where to find a tour guide once one has arrived in Sapa from the Railway Station and if the treks are very far. We would like to see some of the villages and market and will do a 2day 3 night trip from Hanoi. I would like to book the train and the accommodation myself and then see if we can get a guide in Sapa. It would be a Wednesday/Thursday and I understand there are markets at Cao Son (wednesday) and Lung Khau Nhin (Thursday), is it possible to do those two villages from Sapa without too much trouble?

      2 Answers Jan 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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      Hiking boots?

      by NYTim Online Now Jan 15, 2010 at 6:30 AM

      I am going to spend a couple of days in SaPa in October. Do I need hiking boots or will my trekking sandals suffice?

      2 Answers Jan 23, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    • Sapa tours

      by axiantw Online Now Nov 25, 2009 at 1:14 AM

      hi every one,
      i had many usful advices from my friends on this forum. can you recommend me which tour operator i should contact with? and is it better if i book a package Hanoi - Halong - Sapa or book saperatedly?
      I do look forward to hearing from your,
      Axian

      3 Answers Nov 27, 2009 at 1:45 AM
    • trekking fansipan in sâpa

      by antandgraceRoff2sea Online Now Nov 11, 2009 at 7:56 AM

      hi all

      does anyone know how difficult it would be to book a trek up fansipan in sapa, and if it would work out cheaper than booking in hanoi? if so can you recommend anywhere in sapa that can do 3 days two nights for less than85 per person?

      thanks!!
      ant and grace

    • Tet in Sapa

      by J21 Online Now Oct 3, 2009 at 1:51 AM

      I'm planning a trip to Sapa during the Tet Holiday period (14th to 17th Feb 2010), is it advisable as it's a holiday season? Are the markets in Sapa open during this time of the year?

      Would appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

      5 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM
    • Travel to Sapa

      by DIJ2Z Online Now Sep 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

      In February 2010, I'm planning a trip to Vietnam and am considering a side trip (2 days r/t) to Sapa. I've read about it and it sounds intriguing and not at all a glitzy tourist trap. However, I'm a "mature" (60's) female traveler with mild back problems. Can probably trek 2 miles w/o a problem. My travel buddy thinks it's too far and perhaps too difficult. Any insights this forum can provide will be much appreciated. Thanks.

      12 Answers Dec 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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      Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa

      by skylar21 Online Now Sep 9, 2009 at 12:04 AM

      Hello
      I ll go to Vietnam soon, and I am planning to go to the north for a few days.
      I'd like to ask you what you think about my potential plan.

      I ll arrive by the night train from Hanoi in the morning, and find a GH in Lao Cai.
      After a short rest, I would like to go and see Bac Ha during the day.
      Do you think it worth it to go to Bac Ha, and also is it possible in a day?
      I m not sure, I ve been very clear on that one, haha.

      Sleep in Lao Cai, and next morning, catch the bus to Sapa: spend a day there relaxing, and next day, go trekking, and sleep in Sapa.
      Next day, go back to Hanoi by the day train to enjoy the landscape.

      I m really grateful to those who will answer that post.
      I have 18 days holiday with a tight budget (I live in Thailand) so I am trying to plan something great....

      Have a great day everyone!!

      9 Answers Sep 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM
    • Sapa Tour

      by pc99 Online Now Jul 10, 2009 at 5:27 AM

      Can someone advise on whether footprintsvietnam tours are reliable? Have found a 3 day 4 night tour leaving Hanoi for Sapa, covering the market on the Sunday. Am looking to visit Hanoi in August and have limited time

      2 Answers Jul 14, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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      trip to sapa

      by piglet44 Online Now May 17, 2009 at 3:18 AM

      we are considering a 2night 3 day trip to sapa including private driver ,hotel stay and transportation for320 .Is this a good price?
      thank you

      2 Answers May 18, 2009 at 1:22 PM
    • Which train is better.....Et Pumpkin vs Livitrans

      by tanby Online Now Mar 11, 2009 at 1:31 PM

      Anyone recently on either of these train? Appreciate feedback on which train is better in terms of cabin comfort? Which is newer? From the pictures of the trains, Livitrans seems to be a better choice but I rather hear from her passengers....... Price wise, Livitrans 4-berth sleeper is 10USD lesser compared to the Et-Pumpkin. Thanks in advance.

      8 Answers Oct 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    • Local Market during 2D/3N Sapa Tour

      by tanby Online Now Feb 21, 2009 at 5:38 AM

      Hi, do I have to join a 2D/3N Sapa Tour on leaving Hanoi on Friday night in order to visit the local market? Are these specials markets only operating on weekends? Will I still be able to visit the local market on Thursday and Friday?

      I may have to change my plan for the Sapa tour, i.e. to join on a Wednesday night train instead.

      5 Answers Apr 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM
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      Sapa in June?

      by piglet44 Online Now Nov 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM

      Can we travel in Sapa in June-July or is it too muddy? we know it's the monsoon but it is the only time we can travel!

      1 Answer Nov 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM
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      Baguette et Chocolat - seems to be an ethical place

      by David.B Online Now Apr 21, 2008 at 3:11 AM

      Just researching places in Sapa (and Hanoi) and came up with web sites that say that Baguette & Chocolat in both places is part of a cooking training school for disadvantaged youths. If this is so then I will be there as soon as I arrive in Sapa! Good on them. Any comments welcome.

      Regards, David

      2 Answers Apr 21, 2008 at 10:11 PM
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      Excursions in Sapa...

      by Jontxu Online Now Mar 13, 2008 at 4:04 AM

      Hi,
      I will be arriving early in the morning and leaving late night the next day.
      WHich excursions are a must? Is it necessary to speak to any trekking guide to cover any of those excursions? Do you know anyone or have a contact in the area? Do you think that the excursions could be done by our own or will we be missing something?
      Thanks a lot!!

      8 Answers Apr 2, 2009 at 8:05 AM
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      Train timetables - markets - number of days

      by Jontxu Online Now Feb 29, 2008 at 9:23 AM

      Hi,
      I would like to know if you can help me...
      When does the train from hanoi arrive to Lao Cai, and how long does it take by car from Lao Cai to Sapa.
      When does the train leave to hanoi from lao cai?
      When and where are the markets?
      Is it enough arriving by train day one, sleep, day two leave at night?
      Thanks a lot!!!

      3 Answers Mar 2, 2008 at 11:25 AM
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      Donating clothing and supplies to a school in Sapa

      by delilah1274 Online Now Feb 28, 2008 at 8:45 AM

      I am traveling to Sapa in March thru a tour company called Handspan. I asked the person helping me arrange the trip if it would be possible to bring some clothing and supplies to donate to a school there. She advised me that it is very complicated for a foreigner to get permission to do this and it would be better to leave the items at the booking office in Sapa and they would be responsible for delivering them.

      Can anyone tell me if this is really the case? I just want to make sure that the items go where they are supposed to.

      Any advice is appreciated.

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2008 at 8:18 AM
    • Lao Cai to Hanoi Day Train

      by RobStuar Online Now Jan 17, 2008 at 2:43 PM

      Has anyone out there taken the day train from Lao Cai to Hanoi. What is it like? The scenery, comfortor lack thereof, anything?

      Thank you,

      Stuart of Oz

      1 Answer Jan 22, 2008 at 1:23 AM
    • Markets during Tet

      by DKCanada Online Now Jan 1, 2008 at 5:15 PM

      Hi There,
      We arrive in Sapa on Feb 6, in the early AM, which I understand is the start of Tet. Will the markets be open that weekend? Can we still book tours or does everything shut down and if so for how long? I really wanted to travel around and see the markets but we're only there till the 13th so I hope the markets are open. Also, are there any cultural activities that we could take in? If anyone could give us any advice we'd really appreciate it as we've never been to Vietnam before. Thanks.

      1 Answer Jan 1, 2008 at 7:59 PM