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No 13 Trung Yen Lane, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 10000, Vietnam
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2 nights in Sapa

by FlyEagle

Hey, everyone

I'm planning a trip to Hanoi with my wife in Nov. We are thinking of spending 2 nights in Sapa. Where can we go & what activities can we do?

Are there any other must-see places which is worthwhile to spend a night?

Thank you for all advise & recommendation.

Eagle : )

Re: 2 nights in Sapa

by danishtraveller

Trek the paddies! Great way to see the real locals and very beautiful.
Went to Sapa in 2006 and trekked the rice paddies in October wth my 13 yr son and 75 yr old mother. Travelled from Hanoi on night train (1st class sleeper..)and met guide at the train at 0700 the next morning. Spent 3d/2n away from roads and slept in the loft on farms and ate their best food with them. The guide followed us and two porters carried our stuff. Great if you are as hardy as my mother. Can find the guide company (very reliable) and send you some photos. My e-mail is: ole.bisbjerg@yahoo.com

Re: 2 nights in Sapa

by FlyEagle

Hi, Ole

Thank you for the good suggestion. Will definitely help to make our stay at Sapa more enjoyable.

Re: 2 nights in Sapa

by JohanIsWeg

If you're only spending two nights in Sapa, consider the following:

Spend one day in Sapa, walk to Cat Cat village and overnight in Sapa OR
Spend one day in Sapa, trek to Ta Phin village and overnight in Sapa

Second day, trek to Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van and homestay in Ta Van OR
Second day, drive to near Ta Van and trek to Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan and Ban Ho and homestay in Ban Ho.

Return to Sapa and Lao Cai for train back to Hanoi.

Check my Vietnam page tip for excellent Sapa Hotel! They can also arrange your treks. Enjoy!

Travel Tips for Hanoi


by Sininen

As it was close to Christmas when I was in Hanoi I could see that Vietnamese people haven't been able to escpae the commercialism of Western Christmas. There was a colourful street where they sold everything one can think of needing to decorate one's home for Christmas. Quite terrible and untasty I think. Though Vietnamese in general are Buddish they celebrate more and more Christmas as well.

Dong Xuan Market

by victorwkf

The Dong Xuan Market (Chu Dong Xuan) is a huge market located at the northern end of the Old Quarter area along Dong Xuan Street. This market is very popular among the locals and worth a visit when you are at the Old Quarter area. During the weekend nights, the night bazaar of Hanoi extends all the way to this market. Next to the market is a row of food shops selling local food and drinks.

The Book Street

by King_Golo

Trang Tien street at the lower end of Ho Hoan Kiem is the best place in Hanoi to purchase books. There are several bookstores that sell English books, although their choice is somewhat limited.
For travel guides, check out the dark, dirty and narrow lane at the upper end of the street: There are some people who sell copied travel guides (mostly Lonely Planet). If you barter well, you may obtain them for VND 40-60000. Sometimes, you'll run into these booksellers in the Old Town, too. For whatever reason their prices are much higher there and are not as easily to be forced down.
Another place to buy overprized books are some of the tourist cafes around the cathedral. If you plan to visit other countries in South East Asia I would recommend to buy travel guides for them in Hanoi. It may be cheaper. Depending on your bartering skills - $5 for a copied travel guide is enough!

Fly Vietnam Airlines

by albaaust

We flew from Hanoi to Danang with Vietnam Airlines. The flight was very smooth (Irish pilot) and we were very comfortable during the hour long flight.

The flight cost $US 60 and was organised through a local travel agent.

Would recommend flying if you are short on time.

Survey of Vietnamese food

by oerkenbo about Brother´s Cafe

This is actually a good place that serves a wide array of Vietnamese cuisine (buffet style) in the couryard of an old house. Some of the stations are set up like street vendors (but without any worries). They have the usual pho (rice noodles), fried spring rolls, bahn cuon, fish balls, dumplings, etc, but also a wide array of other things such as roast suckling pig, and barbecued shrimp, snails, sausages, etc. But soft drinks are about $3 each (really high for Hanoi) and service is between harried and rude. You need to decide for yourself if you want to put up with that. Figure about $17 - $20 per person with drinks. They are a bit out of the way, on Nguyen Thai Hoc to the west of the city. It was about a 15-minute walk from the Melia. The grilled shrimp and surpisingly the grilled snails were really good.


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