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Dalat V Sapa, Mui Ne V Nha Trang?

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11. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 10y

really? that is interesting. hearing people experiences of places really makes you re-evaluate your reading of the write up they get in your guide book. the lonely planet raves about it! its a personal thing i guess.
thanks guys,
jenn

12. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

I'll add my opinion as I am currently in VN having spent the last 3.5 weeks here and I went to all 4 places- The highlight of my trip so far was Sapa and I would definitely vote for Sapa over Dalat if you had to choose. I found nothing particularly spectacular about Dalat.. ho-hum waterfalls and sights.... In Sapa I had a great trekking trip, mostly becaus eof a good group I was with.
I was also on both beaches- and personally I preferred MuiNe- there are great dunes there not to be missed. I was in Nha Trang right after the storms so that kinda put a damper on the beach...
Have fun.

13. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

im wondering now would it be cheaper to do trekking to visit hill tribes in sapa than in luang nam tha in laos, where i think it is about $15 a day.... could be interesting. and would trekking in sapa be more enjoyable than in chiang mai? i imagine trekking in chiang mai to be a bit overcrowded and disneyland-esque.
jenn

14. Posted by driggi (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi jennygro,
Seems like a no brainer to me. Been all over the country and while Dalat was nice it just doesn't compare to Sapa. It's a little tougher to get there because the best way is to take the overnight train from Hanoi (very simple) and any travel agency can set it up for you very inexpensively. It was an amazing place and not like anything I had pictured in Vietnam. Dalat was very touristy I think. I wouldn't ever go back there whereas Sapa I would. As for the other: I enjoyed Mui Nee but I think Nha Trang is much better for a variety of reasons. I was going to skip but I'm very glad I didn't and of the two Nha Trang has got it beat. Stay at the Golden Hotel. Very nice and very inexpensive and for great Indian food go to Omars.
Have a wonderful time!
David

15. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Quoting jennygro

im wondering now would it be cheaper to do trekking to visit hill tribes in sapa than in luang nam tha in laos, where i think it is about $15 a day.... could be interesting. and would trekking in sapa be more enjoyable than in chiang mai? i imagine trekking in chiang mai to be a bit overcrowded and disneyland-esque.
jenn

I would choose Sapa over Chang Mai any day. I think Chang Mai is the most over-rated destination in SE Asia. I visited Sapa before Chang Mai and found Chang Mai to be hugely disappointing (especially my trip to see the 'big ear' tribe, which consisted of 1 woman!! Since when did 1 woman make up a tribe, what a tourist trap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

16. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

one woman? just one lone woman? thats a bit cool in itself though one women living alone in the middle of nowhere.

17. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

While I didn't find my trek in Thailand to be crowded and over touristy (we didn't meet another group), it didn't compare at all to Sapa which was fantastic in every way.

18. Posted by wlim (First Time Poster 1 posts) 22w

Hi , I will be traveling to Northern Vietnam in Dec 2016 , year end. Please advise if it is advisable to visit Sapa , Nga Thrang and Dalat during this time . What is the best route? Should I start from Hanoi ?

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