This is my first post here but i've been looking around here a long time and found a lot of usefull info for our upcoming 6 month trip to SE Asia.
Now i have one question about Sapa, we love to trek into the mountains but i can't find any usefull info about organizing a multi day trek while in Sapa. is this easy to arrange on the spot or is it better to arrange this before hand in Hanoi.
Thank you for your time and keep up the good work.
#1 bascanvas has been a member since 18/9/2011. Posts: 14
Depends on if you have time in Sapa to arrange it. It would certainly be possible, and also much cheaper, to do everything on the spot. I would go mid-week because weekends tend to get a little crowded - you'll probably get better prices mid-week. I would search for a small travel agent in Sapa - I remember seeing one posting on the tripadvisor forum this week. The big agencies in Hanoi can be on the expensive side.
I agree with daawgon - weekends can get extremely busy (it's popular with Vietnamese - and expats - as well as foreign tourists now) and if you book in Hanoi you're going to pay more. The only other reason (apart from going at the weekend) to consider booking in advance is if you want to get straight off the train and set off on a tour that day. In theory you could sort it out when you got there but it would offer peace of mind - and somewhere to leave your bags - if you booked in advance. Check out what your hotel offers in terms of tours.
The answer to your questions are here: http://startrekspace.blogspot.ca/2011/04/star-trek-questions-and-answers.html - oh sorry wait, I just noticed you wrote Sapa... go here then... http://www.sapaadventure.com/faq.html
You should know if you want to have Sapa group tours or private tours. Then you search information about package tours in Vietnam to find out the most suitable one then take it ;). I think there are so many website that allows to book online and you should arange it before landing in Hanoi. Good luck to your trip.
#5 Anne_Vu has been a member since 8/10/2012. Posts: 2
i think you should book beforehand in Hanoi. Sapa is wonderful and it has awesome view from the mountain. It's quite easy to arrange the spot if you book a tours with vietnam tour booking since there are so many travel agencies. Check them then have your choice. Have a nice trip..
#6 Lila_Kue has been a member since 16/10/2012. Posts: 13
The tours offered in Hanoi can actually be pretty good value for money for what you get. That said, there should be no problem booking in Sapa, and in all honesty the major routes should be pretty easy to walk without a guide (you'll have souvenir vendors walking with you literally all day unless you're exceptionally rude to them) and the overnight "homestays" are easy to find
#7 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
Pretty easy to DIY for the Sapa trekking.
Suggest to contact a hotel at Sapa and most of then will do all the needy for you
a)train ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai then transfer from trainl
b)All trekking and local guide can be arrange upon arrival at Sapa itself
This hotel is reliable and give good services
goto this link for DIY at Sapa
#8 leopang has been a member since 16/12/2012. Posts: 6