Sapa Solo

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1. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

me and two friends plan on visiting Vietnam next June and would love to see Sapa whilst there. we dont really want to do the travel guide thing as we think its to forced and rushed.

is it possible to do alone? or is it too dangerous?

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I just did it solo in late March. It's quite easy, and I'm a geezer! I would think it would be simple for young people. Sapa is small but quite hip! I was surprised to see ATM's there - I was told there were none. Very easy to book treks, jeep trips, etc. - I recommend going to the Cat Cat Hotel and booking your trek from there - mine was very good (just a little painful with my bad foot!)

I recommend the Anh Dao Hotel right downtown for $13. (you enter through their Lotus Restaurant). - a true bargain, and such nice people too.

Try the peeled sugarcane - quite delicious!

If you go to the Tourist Center just above the main square they have free DSL computers (they even serve you tea). When you want to return to Lao Cai station just go to the church on the main square and you'll see several vans going that way ($2.) Be sure to see the Chinese Border when you're in Lao Cai.

Sapa is super safe and super friendly (problem is the ever-present native hawkers!)

I recommend the King Express train (superior 4 berth) from Hanoi ($25. one way from Adventure Indochina on Ma May in Hanoi).

3. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey thanks alot for the heads up on what to see and what not.

How much do jeep and walking treks roughly work out to be? did you do all of Vietnam? What were you highlights?

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I did not price jeep trips, but I imagine they'd go for $25.-$40. a day depending on distance. I paid $12. for a one-day trek (lunch and sugarcane was included). Next time I'm spending more time in Sapa - such a great environment!

I loved Hanoi much more than Saigon - the place reminded me so much of my former home, San Francisco. Saigon has nice parts too (the vibe is great there for tourists - and cheaper food than Hanoi).

Everyone who's been to Vietnam loves Hoi An, and I'm no exception - a super town, even with all the tourists around. The best food in the country, it's downright beautiful there with all levels of accommodation (mine was $15. for the very nice Dai Long Hotel in the center of Old Town). Great place to rent bikes and ride to the beach. Great artwork, custom clothes to have made, etc. - I predict Hoi An will be the next Bali of the world. It does have an annual flood, so you have to pick dates carefully.

I went to the Mekong Delta, but found that somewhat disappointing (next time I'll book a tour in Saigon).

I traveled by air mostly - Vietnam Airlines is excellent and fairly priced ($132. for 2 medium-haul flights).

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