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23 Hang Than Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Sapa private tour or Sapa group tour?

by bluenight1709

My friend has just come back from Sapa for her 4 day trip and it make me eager prepare for this trip.

Her trip was a group of 4 people and following a private tour of ODC Travel. It was a smoothly journey for her weekend vacation. She told me many interesting things and nice picture about beauty spots and colorful minorities there. I was impressed by Bac Ha market and homestay in the village, really eager to learn more about Sapa history and culture.

I also want to do the same route but a question regarding choosing what kind of tour to follow. Group tour maybe cheaper and more joyful because I can interact with both the fellows and locals. I also think of the safety as well as the private space.

Is there any body joined a group tour to Sapa? Is it worth enough to join? I do not mind about the partners, just care about the safety of my properties.

Re: Sapa private tour or Sapa group tour?

by mim95

A friend and I recently joined a private tour too (Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi) that was led by a local guide once we've arrived in Sapa (booked through a Hanoi based company). Didn't go to Bac Ha Market, as it has become quite touristy now, but did a "easy trekking" everyday. I wouldn't classify the walk as a trek, as it was simply walking on paved road or dirt path. And there were many tourists doing the same "trek" with us. So in some sense, you would be on a group tour.

Re: Sapa private tour or Sapa group tour?

by JohanIsWeg

I'd recommend you book any treks with the locals when you get to Sapa. You can request prices and itineraries via email.
We booked all our treks with the Cat Cat View Hotel, which worked out much cheaper and more authentic than with tour groups from Hanoi. It is very easy and at least that way your money supports the local economy rather than bolstering the wallets of Hanoi middlemen.
My two cents worth. Enjoy!

Re: Sapa private tour or Sapa group tour?

by kyleaz

We loved Sapa and want to go back. I would get a local girl to show you around. SaPa in small enough that you can walk around your self. There are also many offices that sell tours of the hill tribes. A motor bike would also be great fun to rent to see the country side.
I loved Ba Ca! It was a darling town till market day when all hell broke loose and people came from all over to the market. If you are a photographer you can get great shoots of the market and all the local tribes as they come into to town. Our guide arranged for us to see a farmers home that was rather interesting and enlightening too. We are so spoiled here. There ladies work from before sun up to after sundown 7 days a week.

Travel Tips for Hanoi

Parking Mafia

by pmarshuk

The small lady in the yellow/green top in the centre of the picture obviously supplemented her income by renting out the space in front of her shop as a parking lot for mopeds.
People would bring up their bikes and she would haul them around finding space to fit them in and them get paid when they returned. In the old quarter parking space is at a premium as there are so many bikes around and the streets are so narrow.
Her shop also sold petrol, bike bits and acted as a bicycle repair shop. Pretty good for somthing only a couple of metres wide.

Sorry about my finger being across the bottom half of the picture - ooops.

Into the fresh food markets

by Applelyn

I was walking around the old quarters and chanced into this street. This wet market sells local food stuff and fresh seafood. I was tempted to buy the seafood and BBQ on the spot. A trip into this market showed me the real economic status of the locals and their like and dislikes.


by Sininen about 36 PHO PUONG

The old quarter which has history of over 1000 years is where all the interesting shops are. They are called 36 Pho Puong (36 streets) and originally each street was specialised in one type of products. Even if you are not interested in shopping you should visit this exiting and marvellous area, where you can see most ordinary things been sold. It's like a colourful play of tastes; eye, ear, taste. When you think you've seen everything you come across something else! It is a fantastic place!

Shopping and where the action is....

by myspices about Hang Dao - Dong Xuan Walking Street

Hey, you need a watch ?? Go to Hang Dao and get a good bargain out of it. Fake (or "souvenier Russian-made) watches are aplenty in the shops in Hang Dao. Choose your like and quote a price. If seller doesn't agree, up slightly . You will need time to bargain hard - bargaining is an art. Both parties have to be happy at the end of the transaction.

Besides watches, both sides of Hang Dao streets will cater for your shopping needs - clothes, scarves, belts...lots and lots..
Near to Hang Dao you will see a huge building where there all the bars and cafes are located.

Shops at Hang Dao open as early as 9am. At night, the night market Hang Dao-Dong Xuan will make the street even more lively.

Noibai International Airport

by imstress

Noibai International Airport is the gateway to Hanoi.

We took Tiger Airways from Singapore to Hanoi.

The other airline that we saw is Vietnam Airline.

Remember to keep USD14 for departure tax.


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