Sapa Homestay - Private Day Tours

Sapa Homestay - Private Day Tours

Sapa Homestay - Private Day Tours
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Muzza211
Mornington, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Traveled to Sapa and trekked 12KM into the mountains with an excellent guide from the Black Hmong Village who spoke fluent English also. Views and continuous information was nothing short of brilliant. The village guides wore thongs but recommend runners and travel with light backpack for overnight.
Home stay overnight near the Village was well catered for (beer and other bevs also available) as the guide also prepared all meals for the next 2 days. Could have stayed 2 weeks here. Very peaceful, incredible part of the world. (Must see) Complete North to south Vietnam tour was extremely well organised and credit must go to Dzung and Lee at Laughing Roo, Hoi an and all the support staff along the way from start to finish.
Written June 6, 2013
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david l
Darwin, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
My girlfriend and I did a 2D1N homestay with Pham May and her family - Phuong her husband - a great cook and general nice guy/joker and her 4 yr old daughter SuNi a laughing bundle of fun.... and it was easily one of the best parts of our two-week trip to Vietnam. Pham was very friendly, spoke excellent english, and was more than happy to share her home and life. The family have a comfortable home on a hill overlooking rice terraces on the edge of the village of Ta Phin. We spent the first day walking with Phuong - (Phams husband )to the village from Sapa - approximately a 12km walk with a stop for lunch as well as an 'off the cuff' stop at some of Phuongs friends to look at their new house as well as for some rice wine and 'blood meat' meal - at their insistence :0)! The days walk finished with a herbal hot tub soaking at their ( Pham and Phuongs) village. SuNi - their daughter - was a delight and welcomed us with the words "Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh"! before teaching us the intracacies of hopping, skipping and hide and seek. The house has a guest room added on a second floor and has a western style toilet and shower the bottom floor has a packed earth floor with kitchen, living are and open fire. ..and you are invited to help as little or as much as you like - cooking etc - I made it my job to feed the pig!
My girlfriend and myself were the only ones there as Pham caters (usually) to only small groups of 2 or 3 just a few times a month - making this a very special VIP, friendly, authentic experience.On our second day we went for a shorter 8km walk with Pham -though the weather conditions were cloudy and visibility limited it gave us a great opportunity to have a good talk and learn more about herself her family and her culture. .

I highly recommend Pham as a tour guide and booking with her via her email. Even though her written english is not as good as her spoken - as she said she sorts it out with google translator - yes the village has phone coverage!
I could not recommend Pham her family and tour more highly!
Written April 5, 2016
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Yan_An_Sim
Singapore, null, Singapore3 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
The title is your choice of difficulty from the starting point to the homestay. If your anything like me, average person, but doesn't work out much, Medium is an okay difficulty. If you're like my mother who started seeing stars, then Easy is probably best.

The route we took to the homestay was just plain long (Medium). From Sapa, to the homestay, we had to walk up mountains, down rice paddy fields, up rocky roads (literally), down mountains, hop around rocks and under the weather which was mainly hot, but sometimes cooling. After reaching the homestay, you will gain a sense of self achievement. But still insist to go back the Easy way...

The air and atmosphere is something that is indescribable. You have to experience it yourself and enjoy it.
Written May 23, 2013
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joeyvegaz
Wiesbaden, Germany26 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Couples
My wife and I did a 2D1N trek with Pham and her husband Phuong and it was nothing short of spectacular. We were met at the train in Lao Cai and driven to Sapa to begin our journey.

Day1: We hiked 12km to Ta Phin with Phuong who had only been speaking English for 3 months. But he was spouting off colloquial terms like "selfie" and "game over". The weather was wet and foggy, but the hike was nothing too difficult; a lot of it took place on various roads or well-beaten paths. We were followed by a horde of women from Sapa offering to sell us things are various points. This was annoying, but seems to be the norm (it's a free country right?) They actually came in handy in helping my wife in various difficult passes. We had a nice snack of bamboo-rice (rice steamed in bamboo) and a soda/water. Then about 90-120 minutes later we stopped for lunch. The lunch was basic, but tasty. At the end of our day we stopped at a spa of sorts ("medicinal bath"). We were encouraged to go into wooden tubs that reminded me of sports starts from like the 50s. The water was scalding, and the experience was unique. Another 10 minutes and we were at Pham's place.

Homestay: As expected, this is not the Ritz-Carlton. It is perfectly adequate and very nice. The bed was comfortable and we were surprisingly not cold (actually very cozy), despite being able to see through the slats in the wall in parts. Dinner was amazing. We at with Pham, her husband, her cousin, her cousin's boyfriend and Pham's daughter Nie. We had a blast. There was so much tasty food. We drank rice wine and played with Pham's daughter (her English is better than some of my friends' children). Pham's English was even better (poking fun at one of the other guests for being scammed in town). It was great and felt like dinner at my own house with good food and joking and smiles and wine. There is a western toilet and shower. They will offer to wash anything in case you need.

Day 2: Day 2 was a little more treacherous. No more roads, just muddy, slippery trails. Had it not been wet, this day would not have been very difficult at all. Some spots were a little difficult and my wife had a few tumbles. This day is only 8 km and is a loop to one village and back to Ta Phin. It took no more than 5 hours. We got back to Pham's took a nap and then hopped in a truck to head back to Lao Cai.

Overall this was just spectacular. It is a homestay, so you are "roughing it". But Pham and her family are amazing and always have a smile. Pham's home was warm, cozy and supposedly the best place to stay in the area according to another group.
Written December 16, 2014
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S A
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
i booked a Sapa 4N2D trekking trip from my hostel during the last week of december 2016. stayed 1 night in the hotel and 1 night in a homestay with my tour guide Thong. he was really funny and friendly! i'm not sure if the homestay is really a homestay or a tourist approved one but the locals were staying in the same house with us.

for all of you who are contemplating to visit Sapa at the end of the year, i'd say GO! i, too, had my reservations as i saw reviews of foggy and barren rice terraces which makes Sapa less scenic this time of the year. after being there myself i would disagree and perhaps i was lucky as the weather was sunny (foggy at Sapa town yes, but not down at the terraces). rice terraces were barren but it doesn't make the place less scenic plus trekking in cold weather was more comfortable. here was no heater at the homestay, i wore 3 layers and a very thick blanket was provided and it was bearable for me (i'm not used to cold weather, living in sunny Singapore all year round).

**if you do want the local women to pester you to buy stuff from them, avoid getting their help while trekking. a group of them will follow your tour group in hope to earn some money.

there are 2 types of trains to Sapa, tourist and government ones. my advice is to take the govt one to save US$15 one way. i took the govt one and it was clean and comfortable, they provide light snacks and water. i walked past the tourist trains and the only difference i spotted was having a flower on the table.

**try the red dao herbal bath in Sapa town, you can find it in the massage palours. my legs were aching badly after 3 days of trekking, i soaked myself for half an hour and my aches were gone the next day!
Written February 4, 2017
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Brian N
Eldoret, Rift Valley, Kenya1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
It was my first time in Sapa, and probably my first time out of Africa. Flight from Kenya had been exhaustive but the cool environment and the peaceful travel attendants soothed the rest of my stay. You cant believe I stayed one more day unlike my initial plan. I couldn't imagine how good it felt to be around new people with the only person I know being Kathy(my Vietnam host). I mean it felt like being home . It was like I was in another mountain climbing hiking along the way to Homestay.
About the tour in general, it was a millionaire tour, cosy and completely amazing. One just has to experience that in person. Private Day tours, I will be back soon.
Written June 28, 2013
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Vignesh Srinivasan
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Sapa is a must-do for all tourists who like hiking or trekking. This was my first time hiking - I found the hike very doable alveit tiring over 4 days.

The hikes offer excellent views of the rice terraces, farms =, local villages etc. We really felt part of the community for a few days over there.

We are provided ample quantities of very good Vietnamese food over at the homestay - you can also party in your first evening with the locals.

Overall a wonderful experience!
Written July 25, 2019
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James T
Koh Tao, Thailand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
I cannot reccommend Mama Shushu's homestay enough. My friend and I (20yrs old and from Australia) stayed there for 2 nights and trekked for 3 days, however the experience is highly customisable. Even though it rained every day the scenery and hiking was still enjoyable and unparalleled.

The homestay has comfy beds, multiple hot shower facilities, clean toilets, excellent food and amazing service. I even forgot my power pack and charger when we left on the final day and Mama Shushu's husband drove in the rain to deliver it to me and refused money.
Written July 2, 2017
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Josh F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
This was an amazing experience. I was travelling with one other friend (19 from Australia) and we rocked up to Sapa with no plan only to be met by Mama Shushu at the centre of Sapa. At first we were pretty sceptical because we'd already been accosted earlier at Lao Cai station, but it turned out to be brilliant: the bed's were comfortable; the showers hot; and the food was amazing. We stayed for two nights and paid $45 USD which covered food and accomodation. Each day we got to choose what we wanted to do and even though it rained every day it was an amazing time. At no point didn't we feel like their culture was being exploited and drinkinf with Mama shushu, her husband and family was a highlight of the trip. 10/10 will probably do again.
Written July 2, 2017
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Ebony F
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
We had an absolutely amazing time in Sapa on this private trekking tour with Pham. She and her husband are extremely welcoming, happy and lovely people. We did not get to do our full planned trek however, as instead we were invited to a wedding! That in itself was an unforgettable experience. We had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the villages customs and traditions, and got to meet one of the the beautiful family and friends who live within the Red Dao people. The walk up to the house of the wedding was hard, but breathtakingly beautiful, and the walk home in the moonlight and fresh cool air was to die for. I would recommend this private trek with Pham to everyone, she is extremely flexible, and willing to tailor your trip to suit your needs and wants, and her house is so beautifully crafted in an amazing location. Plus... her beds were one of the best I slept in over my whole Vitenam trip!!!
Written December 21, 2016
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