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      Vietnam Nov 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      Hi all, we asked a question a couple of weeks ago about visa changes. I now have a further visa question so hope someone can help me
      We are UK citizens and in February 2016 will be in Vietnam on holiday.
      We intend to leave Vietnam at the border crossing in Hat Tien, to travel to Kep in Cambodia.
      1. Is this border crossing open to foreign nationals?
      2. Can we use an e-visa to make this route.
      Or, 3 Do we need to obtain a visa before our travels from the Cambodian Embassy, here in the UK
      Any advice on the easiest way to make this crossing would be gratefully received.
      Many thanks in advance

    • Looking for private freelance tour guide

      Da Nang Nov 10, 2015 at 1:39 AM

      i with family will go to Da Nang early next year total of 6 ppl, and i was seeking a freelance tour guide with car that able provide us a five days tour at Da Nang, Hui An & Hue.

    • How can you get the restaurant in Phu Quoc?

      Phu Quoc Nov 10, 2015 at 8:08 AM

      With me I asked me friend ( who came to Phu Quoc) or I go to google for searching more

      I know very different way with Asian, Western and Vietnamese people to get the restaurant.

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      class visa on arrival cost at Lao bao

      Lao Bao Nov 22, 2015 at 1:50 AM

      How much is Laos visa for Americans at this border?

    • NYE: Ha Long or Cat Ba

      Ha Long Nov 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Hello, my friends and I are going to spend new years eve in the Halong Bay area. Where is the best nightlife? In Ha Long city or Cat Ba island? We're not sure about the junk cruises because we hear the weather can be bad that time of year.

    • Blue Dragon tours, aka vietnam on line

      Vietnam Nov 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      Any one heard of or had any experience with Blue Dragon? Lots of great review on Trip Advisor, but can not find anything anywhere else. Booked two tours with them, hope I didn't get scammed.

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      advice on travel from Koh samui to NHA Trang

      Nha Trang Nov 22, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      me and my wife are Hoping to visit Nha Trang from Koh Samui has you can see were pretty much new and seek some advice on this were staying in koh samui for around 6/7nights and then hoping to visit Nha Trang for 6/7 days but would also like to know the weather in January and the best place for flights we thank all for their great knowledge and sound advice

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      Tourist traps and the weather!

      Ho Chi Minh City Oct 30, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      Hi There!
      Any comments on tourist traps in HCMC, will be highly appreciated!
      Also, is it any thing about the weather in HCMC, during Dec., that
      it needs to be noticed?
      Thanks in advance,

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      Vietnam Oct 28, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Hi, can anyone advise about visa applications for Vietnam and in particular the recent changes.
      We will be arriving into Ho Chi MInh airport from Malaysia in January. We will be spending 14 days in Saigon and Phu Quoc before travelling to Cambodia.
      Do we need a Visa ?
      many thanks

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      Recommendation for dinner near the Starlight Bridge

      Ho Chi Minh City Nov 8, 2015 at 12:44 AM


      Any recommendation for where to go for dinner after seeing the Starlight Bridge? I was told the water show is only between 6 to 8pm.. Coming from District 1, it’s good if we can combine the bridge with dinner nearby..



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      hiking in Sapa

      Sapa Sep 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM

      Is it possible to just make my own way to Sapa from Hanoi (Train) and book my hike whilst there,or am i better of booking in Hanoi

      11 Answers Sep 17, 2015 at 7:13 AM
    • Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Needed in the Northern Part of Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong,Sapa, ) Area?

      Sapa Jun 26, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      At the end of July/beginning of August I will be taking the train from Hanoi to the Northwest Vietnam to Lao Cai stop (near the border of China), then headed to Sapa. We will be going for a walk to some villages, which are surrounding the area. I understand this is now somewhat touristy.

      Have there been concerns with Japanese Encephalitis? I am wondering if any of you have had the inoculation in anticipation of traveling to this area.Have you heard of anyone getting bitten?

      1 Answer Jun 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM
    • 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

      5 Answers Apr 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM
    • 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??

      4 Answers Apr 10, 2015 at 1:28 AM
    • 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!

      7 Answers Apr 2, 2015 at 12:23 AM
    • Homestay in Sapa

      Sapa 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?


      10 Answers May 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM
    • Avoiding Tours in Sapa

      Sapa 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

      Sapa 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
    • Sapa- Bac Ha and back - how could I make this day most enjoyable?

      Bac Ha Jan 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      I am planning to go on a 3-day (2 nighs) Sapa-region tour ending up in Bac Ha market on a Sunday. My problem is that the tour company whose services I may buy for this 3-day trip, 185 dollars) seems to offer only and exclusively a bus transfer from Sapa to Bac Ha leaving me there ( which is allright) and then back to the Lao Chi railway station. The idea of getting there by a non-tourist bus ( more than 3 hours) visiting the market, maybe another three hours ( if the bus schedule lets me do so) and driving back directly to the railway station only to spend another 2-3 hours waiting at the station for the Hanoi-bound night train is not attractive enough. I guess I rather prefer to buy a compact one-day tour from Sapa to Bac Ha with another company that leaves earlier in the morning for the market and offers some activities for the afternoon after the market visit. Possibly a small group tour , as I do not feel rich enough to pay for a one person private tour. any suggestions, please??? Or maybe any suggestions for a RELIABLE , completely different tour company who could where I could buy a complete 3-day package tour including the market? Thanks a lot. anna

      6 Answers Feb 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM
    • Visiting Sa Pa

      Sa Pa 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
    • safety in vietnam

      Sapa 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

      Sapa 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
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      Train travel

      Sa Pa 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
    • A long shot - lost/stolen camera

      Sapa Apr 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM


      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!



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

      Sapa Jan 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      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

      Sapa 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

      Sapa 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

      Sapa 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 ?


      8 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM
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      Lao Cai Transport

      Lao Cai Aug 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM

      I'm and my husband will travelling to Sapa at mid Nov, we are independent and
      would like to know:
      1. Is it easy to get transport to Saomai Hotel from train station?
      2. How far is sunday market from that hotel?
      3. I also consider to hire a jeep, may i know what is the cost and where can
      i book?

      Would love to get feed back from anyone.

      Thank you.

      3 Answers Aug 6, 2010 at 5:05 AM
    • Homestay in Sapa

      Sapa 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
    • What is best weekend tour package to Sapa

      Sa Pa 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
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      Sapa weather

      Sapa 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

      Sapa 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?

      Sapa 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
    • visiting Sa Pa

      Sa Pa 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.

    • Has anyone gone from to Lao Cai to China

      Lao Cai Jan 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

      Hi we will be going back to Vietnam again this year and I'm starting my research.
      Has anyone crossed the border at Lao Cai to China. What is there to do and see around there. I heard that it's a great place to shop but I have no clue what I would buy.

      4 Answers Feb 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM
    • Sapa tours

      Sapa 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,

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

      Sapa 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?

      ant and grace

    • Tet in Sapa

      Sapa 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
    • Is it worth goiong to Sapa for one day?

      Sa Pa 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