Does anyone have any recommendations for trips to Sapa? We are booked with Ocean Travel for the three day boat trip in HaLong and are considering going with them to Sapa also. Has anyone done this trip with them? Have no idea of what the average costs are for trips to Sapa. They are $100 for three days/four nights with travel on the Tulico train.
#1 Georgie has been a member since 9/10/2006. Posts: 14
We caught the overnight train to Loa Cai for approx $15. $2 to Sapa for mini van. accomodation at Cat Cat Hotel $10 per night. You can actually do a lot of the treking yourself with a map, even organise homestays in villages if you know which ones will have visitors overnight. 2 days one night with guethouse oranising was about $45 because there were only 2 of going with the guide. So it is easy to do yourself. Is that any help??
#2 tommcinnes has been a member since 10/9/2006. Posts: 5
Ha Noi tour ops know little about Sa Pa compared to Sa Pa guides who are members of the First Nations community.
Forget the tour - buy your tickets a couple of days in advance - say before you go to Ha Long. If you want to visit with the various First Nations people it is best that you have guides that speak the language!
Although there are bad reports about Mountain View at this time, there is a Mrs. Hong there who runs a guide service. Many of them are female and young but are very experienced in showing visitors around. For Mount PhanXiPan climbers she has Chang - he is strong enough to assist the weary climbers. Always ask for the long route to the top - the short one is too steep.
Other guides are SO or TUNG (a Black H'Mong) located through Sa Pa Goldsea Hotel, < firstname.lastname@example.org >, 58 FanXiPan Road, Tel: 84-(0)-20-872-180 / 84-(0)-20-871-869. E-m:email@example.com.
Villages worth visiting are Cat Cat, GiangTaChai, TaPhin, YLinhHo, HauThao, SuPan (easily the most beautiful village in Sa Pa area).
Another excellent guide is "Thanh-Sa Pa" < firstname.lastname@example.org >, guiding for over 6 years and has good English. An enterprising guy he has a tour that includes night 1 in Tavan, Dzay People, night 2 in Seo Trung Ho, Red Dzao, night 3 Ban Ho, Tay People, night 4,5 in Sa Pa, day 6 is for the Montagnard market.
But on ALL accounts avoid guides from the Victoria - and tour ops from Ha Noi who simply sell you the tour and call an acquaintance in Sa Pa!
#4 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57