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Mountain biking in Sapa Baguette and Chocolate Cafe Hotel

Posted by bksmith69 on 29/7/2007 at 09:46

Has anyone stayed here or eaten here? It is a place for the underprivelaged to start their careers and then move on to the larger hotles.
I want to stay there for this reason, but curious at the same time if anyone else has tried.

Has anyone been mountain biking in Sapa? We are going on our own and wanted to either rent/ join a group there in Sapa for a day or two. Any suggestions?
Any information on the terrain?

Thanks.

Kerri

#1 bksmith69 has been a member since 28/7/2007. Posts: 1

Posted by CatBa on 1/8/2007 at 03:35

Posted from within Vietnam.

Yes, a small hotel in the centre of town. Great food.

The staff bend over backwards to make you at feel at home.

#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349


Posted by itchyfeet on 2/8/2007 at 08:48

Hi Kerri,

We did not stay at the Baguette and Chocolate Cafe but we did eat many times at both the one in Sapa and Hanoi and they were great. The staff try extremely hard and so I dare say you would have an enjoyable stay at the hotel. That said, when my partner and I were in Sapa in November '07, the best decision we made on our whole 3 month trip was to splurge and stay at the Topas Ecolodge. It's not cheap but I honestly would have to say that it was worth the money. You are able to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking scenery of that area without having it be somewhat ruined by the tourism industry that has overrun Sapa. It is, if I remember correctly, about 20km out of town. We were able to use mountain bikes provided by the Ecolodge (they have their own day bike tours but we couldn't really afford to do that in addition to stay there and we preferred to be on our own anyway) and we made the ride from the Ecolodge to Sapa. It's by far the most beautiful ride we've ever done. The roads are really quite good (only the last few kilometers to the Ecolodge were a bit rocky) but it was definitely a tough ride on the way up the mountain to Sapa; the ride back is a cinch.
Anyway, I hope that helps.

Enviously,

Meg

#3 itchyfeet has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 19

Posted by itchyfeet on 2/8/2007 at 08:49

Hi Kerri,

We did not stay at the Baguette and Chocolate Cafe but we did eat many times at both the one in Sapa and Hanoi and they were great. The staff try extremely hard and so I dare say you would have an enjoyable stay at the hotel. That said, when my partner and I were in Sapa in November '07, the best decision we made on our whole 3 month trip was to splurge and stay at the Topas Ecolodge. It's not cheap but I honestly would have to say that it was worth the money. You are able to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking scenery of that area without having it be somewhat ruined by the tourism industry that has overrun Sapa. It is, if I remember correctly, about 20km out of town. We were able to use mountain bikes provided by the Ecolodge (they have their own day bike tours but we couldn't really afford to do that in addition to stay there and we preferred to be on our own anyway) and we made the ride from the Ecolodge to Sapa. It's by far the most beautiful ride we've ever done. The roads are really quite good (only the last few kilometers to the Ecolodge were a bit rocky) but it was definitely a tough ride on the way up the mountain to Sapa; the ride back is a cinch.
Anyway, I hope that helps.

Enviously,

Meg

#4 itchyfeet has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 19

Posted by LaurenCD on 5/8/2007 at 20:16

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi!

I've just arrived in sapa and was also looking to do some mountain biking, as i'm a bit trekked out. so if you fancy linking up just let me know!

Lauren

#5 LaurenCD has been a member since 1/8/2007. Posts: 2


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