From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Fansipan Cable Car
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 3 days
Overall, Sa Pa is a beautiful place and a must visit destination. However, the advertising for this experience is a little bit misleading. We were not given an itinerary, instead we had to rely on the minimal instructions from the various staff we encountered. These instructions were occasionally confusing and left us guessing where we were meant to be for dinner or lunch and also where and when we should meet any transport. For a ’3 day trekking tour’, only 1 of the days was an actual trek. The Cat Cat village looks surprisingly like a movie set and after asking some questions we found out that no local villagers actually live there (this was still a great photo opportunity; just not authentic). The quality of the guides was inconsistent, one day the lady was helpful then the next day the lady was clearly in a rush to get the trek finished. Also prepare yourself for pestering “village women and children” who will follow you the entire way trying to sell things.
This was a great tour. They picked us up in a very comfortable luxury bus with plenty of room. The driving there was a little scary but i think all Vietnamese driving is a little terrifying. We chose the 3-star hotel option and it was really high quality, no need to do the 4-star. Both our guides were great, super informative, good pace and good variety. My only complaint is that somehow they ran behind schedule on the second day and we were supposed to have 2 hours for shopping and a shower before the drive and we didnt. Small issue amongst a great experience.
I chose the two stars hotel solution. The accommodation is basic but the staff is very polite and friendly. Food was okay. The first day we went to thr Cam Cam Village with a local guide, her English was very basic but it was enjoyable. Second day was great, we walked in thr rice fields area and the guide spoke a very good English. Second day food was in one of the villages down in the rice fields, it was edible but not so great.
Overall was good. But due to some construction works carried out during our trip, our tour guide has decided to detour by using more difficult trail. There were 2 local people followed us along the trail, help us to pass through all those difficult path. They followed us till Vin Tan village and started begging us to buy their souvenir. Please make sure to wear right trekking shoes as the trail was a bit slippery.
Amazing experience once in a life time. Our tour guide Phe was so helpful and knowledgable and spoke flawless English which she had learnt only from tourists.. amazing!! Would recommend this to anyone, have told everyone I’ve met in Vietnam since that this is what they should do! Just a shame that the bus drivers were so crazy...