I will be headed to Vietnam in January, and at this stage I am looking at a couple of days in Sapa and a couple of days in Dalat (among other things). I have read some good things about the Easy Rider tours out of Dalat and am thinking about taking one from Dalat to Saigon. However, this will mean I need to find an extra couple of days in my itinerary, and the most logical thing time-wise seems to be to cut Sapa.
Is there much of a difference between Sapa and Dalat? Both are in the highlands, and the Easy Rider tour will take me through some minority tribe areas. Can anyone tell me what I would be missing out on if I cut Sapa from the trip?
#1 Rohan has been a member since 16/6/2009. Posts: 63
They're very different places. While both elevated, Sapa is at a far higher elevation. The attraction in the latter is trekking and day walks, where you visit minority villages etc, while in Da Lat it is more visiting more contrived attractions. The upside of Da Lat is the motorbike trips that let you take in more of the countryside.
If I had to pick one over the other it would be Sapa -- where else are you going, perhaps can cut some time elsewhere so you can see both?
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,739
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I've just done a bike tour from DaLat to Nha Trang. Whilst I would say its a great experience I must admit at times it felt just like any other tour from a major city. Lots of commision based stops and poor accommodation. I got to play football with some locals and meet the guides family which was good.
From what I hear Sapa is currently in close season though as they've just had harvest?
If you like motorbikes take the dalat route, if your not fussed flip a coin
#4 dan567 has been a member since 23/8/2009. Posts: 9