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Hanoi to SaPa via train

  • sunbird71

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    I am going to hanoi/sapa/halong bay next month with hubby and 2 teenagers, can anyone advise whether to book overnight train from hanoi to sapa or organise it over there ? it will be a friday night so we are able to be there on weekend
    also I am an amateur phtotgrapher and was wondering if anyone can recommend any must see photo opportunities! we then are going to do halong bay if anyone has any suggestions on junk?

    #1 Posted: 4/10/2007 - 15:15

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  • somtam2000

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    If you know exactly when you want to go, then by all means book it in advance -- it is a popular service.

    For Ha Long Bay, check the Vietnam features section -- there's links off to a few different cruises we tried out.

    #2 Posted: 5/10/2007 - 05:22

  • bennyho

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    I think 3 destination above are ideal for great shots.
    In my own opinion, I special like Sapa for capturing at all. But anyway, it's also up to the weather.
    I recommend Huong Hai Junk for your Halong discover.

    #3 Posted: 10/10/2007 - 14:29

  • sunbird71

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    thanks for your replies!
    we are staying at Namhai hotel in hanoi and they have recommended the sunlight junk for halong bay
    anyone have any info on this?

    #4 Posted: 10/10/2007 - 14:51

  • bennyho

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Wish you have great time in Vietnam.

    #5 Posted: 10/10/2007 - 15:18

  • hoai

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi Sunbird71,

    It's a high season for tourists in Hanoi now so i think you should reserve night train in advance so you will get four tickets in one compartment especial on Friday night. You can also reserve return tickets too. I usually use ET Pumpkin whenever I travel with my clients. Good service and clean. I would ask them to contact you if you like.

    There are multiple choice on junks in Halong bay at the moment. It depends you take a private trip or join with other participants as an open group tours. Each traver agents use the different ones.
    Wish you have a good trip in Vietnam.

    #6 Posted: 17/10/2007 - 00:16

  • sine

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    2nd October, 2007
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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    we paid the little extra and used Tropical Sails' Dragon Pearl after searching these forums etc - about $97 each...was a well equipped boat with an older age group, a couple of families too - no all night partying ;-)

    We booked from them directly - i had a sneak peak of their booking form when they were calling out names and most people paid about $125+ for the same trip - i think through their hotels etc...

    #7 Posted: 17/10/2007 - 13:47

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