From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay
- Small group
- Duration: 2 days
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We originally booked the 3-day/2-night cruise but unfortunately, because there was a huge typhoon the first day, the cruise had to cancel. Fortunately, we did make it for a 2-day/1-night cruise which was still perfect. The entire experience was amazing - breathless views, great activities, and really amazing service. However, I think what I want to emphasize in this review is how great the company handled the cancellation. We still wanted to stay around Ha Long City the day of our cruise because we saw no point staying in Ha Noi when we had to do the 2-hour drive anyways. They were accommodating and dropped us right in front of the last-minute AirBNB we booked. Everything was just really awesome. Also, for what it's worth, there are a lot of cruises offering similar, but taking part in the higher starred-rated cruises is worth it - less people, more freedom, and just all around better service.
I really enjoyed this tour! Everything was well organised and it went very smoothly. It was only a small trekking group of 3 + our guide which was great. And our guide Chau was absolutely fantastic, she answered all of our questions and told us lots of great information about the area and her village. The overnight train was very clean and comfortable - although if you are a solo traveler you will just be in a cabin of 4 with other members of the public, but that was still okay. The homestay was fantastic, the food was really great also. And there were enough opportunities for food and showers.
I loved seeing the local culture and Sapa is truly beautiful! The only downside is that you’re constantly harassed by the local women to purchase their crafts, even during the trek. Also, if you’re staying in the winter, it will be very cold.
Very well organized and interesting tour! Our tour guide Rose did a very good job and traveled with us in a small group of 6 people. The hiking part of 500 steps was amazing! Would do the same tour again :) very good restaurant.
Fabulous service, we made changes on the second day and they were great about meeting our needs. Wonderful guide and wonderful local people,