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Day Trips from Sapa - any suggestions or guide recommendations

  • downundergal

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    28th February, 2005
    Location Australia
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    Hi - arriving off the night train on Friday morning and spending 2 nights in Sapa before returning on the 1730 train Sunday night. I have booked accomm in Sapa but looking for recommendations on our time there. We really want to visit the markets, take in the scenery but without spending a full 8 hours hard trekking. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 21/9/2012 - 22:52

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  • Benno

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    18th January, 2012
    Posts: 36

    Hi Downundergal,
    I'll reply to your other request here.

    We stayed at SAPAROOMS and did a couple of their treks. If you want to see the sights, interact with locals and not spend all day out, then I can only recommend you go to SAPAROOMS and do one of their tours. You will pay a little more, but we had an awesome guide and saw the scenery, visited a local communities and ended up having a herbal bath (extra $1 or 2) in a large wooden vat type thing (the things wine is matured in). There are two sort of 1/2 day tours, but do the one where you have a bath (you will know what I mean when you see it). It was about 10k but very easy and at your own pace and only took about 4 hours. At the end of the tour you are driven back to the hotel.
    I'm sure there are plenty of other tour people out there and others that can get it cheaper but from our experience, a little extra is worth it.
    If you need more info, let me know.

    Benno

    #2 Posted: 22/9/2012 - 02:58

  • tyler

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    Location Canada
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    If I was to go back and do it again I'd ask one of the dozens of kids that hung around outside my hotel to take me. My guide's English was very poor and the kids (about 10) followed us around for the day anyways!
    Not a bad idea to bring your valuables with you (if your room lacks a safety box) my backpack was pretty much empty when I returned and oddly enough I couldn't find anyone at the hotel who could/would speak English to help me! Can't remember the name of the place but the room key was attached to a rather large chunk of wood.
    Sapa is beautiful and safe...I just learned the hard way.

    #3 Posted: 22/9/2012 - 08:21

  • downundergal

    Joined Travelfish
    28th February, 2005
    Location Australia
    Posts: 15
    Total reviews: 4

    Hi thanks so much! I have emailed Sapa rooms as after checking out their website, their trekking style (and social responsibility ). It suits perfectly as does the spa tub soak. I just wanted to make sure that I can use their services as I am staying at Sapa Eden which looks like it is right next door. Plus I am keen to visit either Bac Ha or Can Cau market as well so have asked re this. Cheers, Kerrie

    #4 Posted: 22/9/2012 - 18:40

  • Benno

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    18th January, 2012
    Posts: 36

    I don't think there will be any issues in using their service if you are not staying there. Payment is in USD so if prepaid then no issues. The owner is an Aussie and very helpful to tourists and the local community. He is always hanging out there and you'll spot him in a second because he is chasing his bigh white dog around.
    The staff at SAPAROOMS are helpful as well.
    If I were you I would also look at eating there a few times - food is great and probably the best in town.

    #5 Posted: 22/9/2012 - 20:00

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