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  • metropical

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    I'm looking at 3 -4 days in both Sapa region and Luang Prabang area.
    Am I better off booking before I go or self guiding when there other than transport and hotels?
    I've been given one package price of $2600 which seems high.

    #1 Posted: 10/6/2008 - 00:29

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    Without knowing exactly what the package includes it's difficult to comment much on value, but unless it includes all your accommodation in five star hotels, that's a very very expensive package.

    See our Sapa section for some suggestions on trekking -- for a basic trek, rates start at around US$15 a day per person.

    #2 Posted: 10/6/2008 - 07:02

  • metropical

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    am I perhaps better off booking my own flights, HCMC-LP-Hanoi and the train and hotels. Then find local guides?

    Sapa I'd like to see (suggestions welcome):
    Ban Ho with a homestay
    market in Bac Ha or Sunday Muong Hum Market
    CatCat village
    CanCau market
    river ride on either Hong or Chay
    some trekking

    #3 Posted: 11/6/2008 - 02:27

  • metropical

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    I also wonder if a daylight drive up the road from Hanoi to Lao Cai is worth it over the overnight train?

    #4 Posted: 11/6/2008 - 02:31

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