I just got into Vietnam, and I've been hearing that Sapa should not be missed from other travellers and from people on this forum. Should I go with a tour, or just take a train or bus and organize a trek up there? Any companies or particular treks recommended? Thank you.
If you are in Hanoi check out Kangaroo Cafe they do great trips! Personally l would recommend a tour - they organise everything your over night train ticket etc and accomodation and its really reasonable cost, plus you get to meet other travellers which is great too!
I didnt do the Sapa tour but the Halong Bay tour - they are more expensive in Kangaroo but really excellent tour group - my cousin did their tour a few years back and recommended them too me - she wasnt wrong!!
Oh and the Kangaroo Cafe do coffee made with fresh milk and not condensed milk which makes a change!!!!!
If you can do Halong Bay too dont miss it - it was excellent - this time last week l was enroute there - its a beautiful place!
thank purdy, i am in halong bay now, it is beautiful. i just booked through my guesthouse and it is really nice. i'll probably book a tour to sapa as well, but I'm trying to decide if i'm going to go up there, check it out, and then book a trek, or just get a package here and save some hassle.
If you like motorbikes, you should definitely rent one in Hanoi, and drive up to Sapa, much more rewarding than arriving by train.
if you want to save the hassle, go ahead and buy the tour. anyway it costs only USD120 (June 07's quotation) for a 3days 2 nights plus private tour guide package.
I personally talked to the tour guide that we engaged. She told me she only earn USD5 per day. So you can imagine how much the tour operator is earning.
Since Sapa is a very beautiful place and we believe we are going to explore the place again, we therefore ask for the tour guide contacts so that next time when we go, we can engaged her directly. That way would be cheaper and the tour guide (Who does the most part of the work during the trip) will earn more too..