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“My most rememberable Experiences of Vietnam”
Review of Trekking Sapa

Trekking Sapa
Ranked #7 of 54 Outdoor Activities in Sapa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mandurah, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“My most rememberable Experiences of Vietnam”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Our Trekking adventure included a night stay in the fishing village in the valley. They do not provide drinks for you so please keep that in mind, but they will supply food through out your trip-which was very good and always came with a vegetarian option. We had an absolutely amazing guide that spoke wonderful English. This trekking is not for the faint of heart. It is over very hard terrain, and you are to bring only the bare essentials for your stay. If it happens to rain it becomes extremely slippery and many people fell on our trip. The people of the different villages will come to help you down the hard terrain, and believe me, you will actually need the help, but do not be surprised if they ask for you to buy something from them at the end of the trip ( so bring a little extra). The landscape that you will see is breath taking, and un-describable. Don't expect too much at the home stay for sleeping arrangements. Our sleeping arrangements consisted of a very thin mattress on the floor of the attic, surrounded by a mosquito net, but it is all about the experience. Hanging out with the locals, and the others that signed up for the tour was amazing. We had the best time, and is something I would do again given the opportunity. A must do if you get a chance to go to Sapa! What an experience!

Visited July 2012
7 Thank Jenna G
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Sapa trekking a must do”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

My 19 year old son and I trekked Sapa for four days and had a fantastic time. The Art Hotel in Hanoi organised the trekking through Sapa Travel Mate. Our guide was Mao, an energetic and very entertaining woman who was very knowledgable about the area. First day we did a half day local trek which was very average but the next three days was better and more into the hills. The home stay was more like a lodge with lots of mattresses on the floor. Food was good and you met other travellers which was fun. The scenery was awesome. A highlight of our trip.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank MichelleAddo
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Klang, Malaysia
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“How to enjoy Trekking in Sapa”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

I will write this review to aim to help visitors to make the most of their trek in Sapa, having read some of the problems highlighted here. We visited Sapa in late September 2012 and were lucky with the timing ( rice harvesting season) and good weather (it rained a lot the days before we arrived but cleared up when we started our trek).

Sapa's villages are indeed very beautiful and should be seen. The key word is PREPARATION. I urge every potential visitor to first read as many of these reviews and look at the photos posted by those who have been here. These will help you to get a good impression of what to expect and how you can prepare yourself adequately.
1. The effect of the weather is tremendous. Sapa can be very cold in the winter. If it has been raining before you arrive, the treks can get very muddy and slippery ( = treacherous at worst, or difficult at least!)
2. The scenery is dependent on the season. The appearance of the rice fields will change with the planting season-wet looking before planting, and golden yellow just before harvesting in September. So choose your timing accordingly. It can be misty in the wet season too.
3. Proper footwear is vital to your enjoyment. Some of the route is on paved road, but there are sections of several hours walk through rough terrain, along fairly steep slopes and undulating ground. Sometimes next to houses and pig-sty. Buy a walking stick in town -you will appreciate that. A light raincoat or umbrella are also useful for rain or harsh sunshine!
4. Prepare for your trek by doing some "training " before your trip here. Get your fitness and flexibility up. You need to be able to walk about 10 kms over 5~6 hours. No, you don't need to be superfit!
5. Try to be understanding of the local people who follow you trying to sell you their stuff. Their persistance may be annoying! Please remember that Sapa was ignored by the Authorities for a long time, and only recently, started to enjoy some of the benefits of tourist visits. Understand that these people are very poor and have limited opportunities to make money. Those who can speak foreign languages have already become guides. Those who cannot speak English are left with trying to sell their handicrafts, and hope that by assisting you on the trek, they will generate some kindness from you in return to buy their stuff. I think it is OK to part with some of your money for these poor people who love to show you their country. Also notice that its the village womenfolk who work hard, while the men are hardly seen??
6. Don't blame your guide for not shoo-ing away these peddlars or helping you to bargain. He/she is also a minority person who understands their hardship.
7. The photos will show you many styles and "standards" of the homestays available. If you choose to homestay, then you will want to experience it in its originality. So, again be patient and understanding that it is their house you are sharing, and appreciate the differences.

So, hope you all have the same great experience that we had in Sapa, and enjoy the views, the smells and the sounds

Visited September 2012
19 Thank Mah T
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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“Depends on how you see it”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Sapa is a very cold. Around 13 deg celcius (Autumn) when we went there. According to our very informative guide, he said that in Winter there would be little or no activities as it is too cold. It was raining, wet and muddy when we started trekking. Also if it is raining, you will not be able to see the beautiful scenery as it will get foggy. Best to bring your own boots, raincoats or umbrella, or jacket if you dont plan to buy anything from there.
If you are buying things, remember to HAGGLE. If it is USD25, ask for USD15-18? (Depending on the product). If they refuse to sell it to you with that price, pretend to leave. Most likely they will call u back and give u the price that u want. This is because the competition there is very strong as everyone is selling the same products.
When trekking, remember to not promise anything to the natives. e.g. "I will buy it from you later"....don't do this because they will follow you until you buy something from them. If you don't want to buy, just firmly say "No.", no more eye contact, turn away from them and leave. Its a bit rude but, that's what you've got to do when u meet a very persistent seller. The natives are very poor and pitiful though, I'd recommend buying something from them. I bought a wallet-like-thing from them for USD1. She was still happy when we gave the money to her.
The trekking path to Lao Chai from Sapa is quite harsh. You might fall down and hurt your ankle, so wear something comfortable. It was a rainy day for us, so we bought disposable raincoats for around USD0.50 each. They have a lot of NorthFace products everywhere, which are good quality, but not sure if original. It was cold initially, but after walking and walking and walking...you'll start to get warmed up. Go to the toilet before u start trekking as you will have to pay for it if visit a toilet on the way (in the native's home), or u might just want to do it in the nature.
It is a very good experience overall. No regrets. A must visit and experience location.

Visited September 2012
6 Thank Felicia1221
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Sapa was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

My friend and are traveling through SE Asia and we got into Hanoi knowing we wanted to go to Ha Long Bay but had doubts about Sapa. After a few days in Hanoi we finally decided to go to sapa and then go to Ha Long bay before we left Hanoi and headed south to Hoi An. We did a three night two day trip, 2 nights on the train and one night at a home stay, that was great. We had a group of about 10 people who were all amazing. The best thing about Sapa was that it was just us, not other tourists, trekking through the mountains, with the local ladies who help you along the way. Sapa is a photographers paradise with beautiful landscapes of mountains and rice fields and beautiful blue sky with clouds that will cover the mountains tops. It was one of the most peaceful and amazing experiences Ive ever had. The first day we trekked through the mountains with our amazing guide. It was hot but i wasn't too bothered by it because it was so beautiful all around us all the time. The home stay was amazing and we ate duck that was delicious. There was tons of other food that was all good. We had an amazing night and the stars were amazing. The sky was so clear you could see the whole Milky Way stretch across the sky. The next day we hiked back and stopped to swim in a river that was great. We slept on the train back to Hanoi which wasn't bad at all. I was surprised how well I slept on the train, considering my friend and I were in one of the last carts on the train and it was pretty bumpy back there. So i have been telling everyone we meet on our travels that Sapa has been one of the best things we have done one our travels. The people in the town are so nice, just like all Vietnamese. I would recommend Sapa to anyone who is traveling to Vietnam.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank RyanT22
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