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Sapa - for how long?

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Sapa - for how long?

How long would you recommend for a trip to Sapa ? Three or four or five nights?

Are there markets on all week or only at weekends? Is it better to do this tour with an agency or independently?


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1. Re: Sapa - for how long?

The markets are on the weekends - when the prices increase. Besides, tourism has destroyed what is known as the 'love market'.

Many find three days in Sa Pa is sufficient to explore the area and learn how the local First Nations peoples live.

Ba Ha is an increasingly populat destination - the opposite side of Lao Cai.

Forget a tour operator, go buy the Ha Noi >> Lao Cai ticket from 120 La Duane two / three days ahead of time. You can get a guide through your hotel - they know the best guides for your interests.

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steffers when will you be going?

when i was researching our trip to Sapa i realised that we may have been sharing a cabin with two other people. I definately wanted a private cabin for two and i booked about 8 weeks ago with Tonkin. You will find them on here. Anyway the cabin i wanted was already fully booked and we're not travelling there until start of November!

So if you want private carrage then perhaps use a local operator like Tonkin Travel to book in advance. Good thing is, you don't pay in advance. They can also book your accommodation or you can do it yourself (we did).



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we booked three months ahead with tonkin and couldn't get the cabin we wanted going to LaoCai - managed to get it coming back

We also wanted a cabin just for the two of us, but we wanted the timber lined de-luxe and that sells out way ahead.

Selling-nothing , I'm sure you mean well and probably have such a great knowledge and info, but you would need to know the type of people you are advising to book three days ahead-

I've read your answer about this before, but it still doesn't help when you are new to the country and customs. Going to buy a ticket three days prior to leaving would not work for most people.

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I traveled on the Tulico train in June,booked through Handspan about two months in advance.Tulico have a limited number of private ie two berth cabins-worth the extra for the peace of mind/security.

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5. Re: Sapa - for how long?

I would recommend 3 nights. You can explore many places depend on your demand.

Places: Thac Bac, Ta Phin, Ta Van, Cat Cat, Ban Den....

If you want to climb the highest mount in Vietnam (Fanxifang), one more day is ok.

Train ticket should be booked with a Tour operator (a good train). If you want to buy your self, there is only SP2 (a slow train) with Bed ticket of 15USD, the lowest one of 5USD but this train is very slow, noisy and dirty.

Cheers and good luck

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