I heard that Sapa can be pretty chilling. Do i need additional warm clothing if i'm travelling to Sapa in early may?
For the trekking trips, is it recommended to walk with a trekking boots or any other shoe or even slippers are fine?
#1 zohe has been a member since 4/3/2007. Posts: 7
it will be pretty cool, but not freezing -- a long sleeved top and trousers would be a good start. Sturdy sandals should be fine - not sure about trekking slippers!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,643
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The really cold weather has passed (snow in January this year instead of February) but you still take a hooded rain jacket and a sweater.
Both these can be purchased at low cost in Ha Noi's Russian Market (so called because they were so cheap when they were in the country).
And avoid using a Ha Noi travel agents for this trip - just go and order your Lao Cai ticket a couple of days before travelling.
#3 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
thanks much somtam & catba for your fast reply.
btw what is a lao cai ticket, catba? why shd we avoid hanoi travel agent for this trip? is it usually a rip off? the last time i visited halong bay (about 3 yrs ago) we did it with a travel agent. it seems everyone else is doing that way. there was a slight misunderstand along the way, but everything turns out alright. food was bad though. :P
#4 zohe has been a member since 4/3/2007. Posts: 7
I just got back from a 3-day 2-night trek in Sapa and it was amazing. We booked with a place called 'Lanterns.' It's on the main road in Sapa. If you're walking uphill, it's a little bit past the Nature Bar and Grill and the Bebop Bar. The trek cost $33 USD total. Our guide Thuy spoke very good English and it was great getting to know him. Our trek consisted of hiking 15km per day. We visited 5 or 6 villages along the way and stayed in 2 villages at a home stay. The homestays were nice. They even had hot water showers! We are vegetarians and the food was delicious. We even got tofu for dinner both nights. Make sure you wear good shoes and bring warm clothes! I would recommend sneakers, pants, and a fleece. I would definitely recommend this tour. Ask for Thuy as your guide! This place also has the cheapest train tickets I could find back to Hanoi at $16 USD for a 6 bed sleeper.
A quick word about the hilltribe women. These women will follow you for your entire trek, and at the end they will expect you to buy something from them for $5-10. I think the situation is pretty absurd, and buying something from them only encourages this behavior. I have been told that the parents now choose which children will go to school and which ones will follow the tourists. We refused to buy anything the first day. The second day we told them right away that we would not buy anything from them so they were wasting their time if they followed us. It worked, and none of them followed us on the second day.
It is definitely cheaper to book in Sapa rather than Hanoi.
Here is the info I have on their card:
The store is called Trekking-Adventure
Cafe of Smiles
Vu Van Huy
18 Cau May Str
Tel: (84) 203 872 037
Mobile: 09855 09351
#5 mifox2 has been a member since 16/9/2009. Posts: 6