Archive for the 'Sapa' Category

Sep 29 2013

A tale of two day treks in Sapa

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A buffalo contemplates the scenery.

Trekking is one of the main activities to do around Sapa. But which one is the right one for you to do? We checked out two different day treks to narrow down your options. The first trek was arranged through Cat Cat Hotel and was a private walk to Silver Waterfall. Our guide was a young … read the full post

Aug 23 2013

Review: Topas Ecolodge, Sapa

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View from the room.

Topas Ecolodge is a fancypants accommodation option outside Vietnam’s Sapa town, overlooking the valley, and is a perfect choice if you want to savour the scenery from the comfort of a balcony chair. The lodge is located 18 kilometres from Sapa town in the Hoang Lien mountains. Its 25 bungalows sit atop two hills, which jut … read the full post

Dec 30 2012

Review: The Village Noshery, Sapa

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An eclectic mix of furniture.

A new Sapa dining opening worth checking out in Sapa is The Village Noshery, which offers great coffee and Vietnamese and Western dishes in eclectic, interesting surrounds. The Village Noshery opened in mid-2012 on Cau May Street and its spacious downstairs area is inviting and stylish, decorated in similar  style to the H’mong Mountain Retreat … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

A trip to Muong Hom market, Lao Cai

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A mothers' meeting.

Many weekend visitors to Sapa opt to visit Bac Ha market, which is easily accessible on an organised day trip from Sapa. But if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Muong Hom market is a more interesting option… if you can get there. Our trip started at 07:00 from Sapa town. It was cold … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Review: H’mong Mountain Retreat, Sapa

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Sapa with Kristel 066_LR

Those seeking to relax in stunning surroundings may not find what they’re looking for in busy Sapa town, but out of town accommodation, like H’mong Mountain Retreat, which overlooks the breathtaking Muong Hoa valley, provides a welcome alternative. The retreat consists of an 85-year-old stilt house, which was transported to its current location from a … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Review: The Hill Station, Sapa

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Take it easy on the wine if you sit upstairs.

Sapa hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but one new addition that stands out is The Hill Station. Located near the junction of Cau May and Muong Hoa Roads, it’s in the thick of things, but provides a cosy respite from the streets and hawkers outside. Set on two floors, with a narrow … read the full post