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Sapa Trip - East to organise or better to book a package

  • downundergal

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    Location Australia
    Posts: 15
    Total reviews: 4

    I am also looking at travelling to Sapa for 4 nights (2 nights on the train, 2 nights there) - is it easy enough to book independently ie train, hotel and organise a guide when there or is it better to book a package that includes all of the above? Thanks in advance.

    #1 Posted: 17/3/2012 - 23:40

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  • Benno

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    18th January, 2012
    Posts: 36

    Hi mate,
    I too was in this predicament and just got the hotel I was staying in in Sapa to organize everything for me. I got accommodation, tickets (there and back) as well as transfers. They arranged to meet me at a hotel in Hanoi and take us to the train station to ensure we got on the right one.

    We probably paid a bit extra.........I know we paid extra but at least I know it's all done. In reality if I paid US$10 more it certainly beats the stress and cost should I have gotten the wrong one and not made it to SAPA.

    I have organized about 8 holidays on my own from my computer at home, but Vietnam has been the most challenging one so far. It probably is easy, but why worry about the hassle.


    #2 Posted: 19/3/2012 - 00:00

  • daawgon

    Joined Travelfish
    17th April, 2007
    Posts: 1065
    Total reviews: 2

    I just buy Livitrans tickets and go - Sapa is just too easy. The only other thing I book is a hotel, and have them meet my train. It does help a bit if you know a good local travel agent.

    As Benno says, always have the travel agent take you directly to your train compartment - the Hanoi Ga (station) is a snake pit of "helpers" who insist on helping you when the last thing you want is their help (because it ain't exactly a freebee).

    #3 Posted: 19/3/2012 - 09:25

  • ecotravelvi-

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    21st March, 2012
    Posts: 13

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    You can arrange your own way before or prebook. However as for me prebook with a company is better than and the package maybe better than you manage by yourself. The quality will companion with the package.

    #4 Posted: 21/3/2012 - 11:28

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