Sapa v. ???
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Mar 20, 2013 4:47 AM Last Post By: mooslie
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Of course Sapa is a touristic place because it's one of the famous place in north Vietnam. But i guess if come up here it's not to stay in town so there is still many place around far from mass tourism where you can enjoy a nice day trekking (or 2).
Sure if you follow must of company who propose a trek as Lao Chai - Tavan or Taphin, there will be full of tourists but if you ask a locale agency to go somewhere else for sure you will find what you like :)
Mar 16, 2013 4:14 AM
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10Having done Sapa back to Hanoi by hard seat on the day train, I'm wondering which train has been described as hellish. Sure, the day train is slow, the seats get hard and the drink seller wants nothing less than US$5 for a can of soft drink, , but for interaction with locals, you cant get better.
Mar 18, 2013 8:34 PM
Mar 19, 2013 9:36 AM
12The train to Sapa does have some issues to be aware of. I travelled on a Sunday night, which is to be avoided. All the seating was occupied so some local passengers were sold supplementary tickets. This allows them to stand or sit in the hallways outside the cabins in the sleeping cars.
What transpired is that the passengers on supp tix then spent the night trying to sneak into the few empty beds in the cabins. Some of the cabin doors would not lock, and sometimes the cabin occupants conspired to let them in. The train conductors checked periodically and booted them back out, but they would just go back in when the conductors left.
In my cabin, the conductors brought in women with small children and let them sleep in the two empty bunks. No problem, though they could have been a bit quieter when they got off in the middle of the journey. Ok, they could have been a lot quieter.
In the cabin next to mine the sneakees were smoking and talking all night keeping people awake. No amount of complaining would get them to stop, according to a passenger I spoke to.
I think this is likely to happen any time the train is very busy. Its not the end of the world but losing sleep means that your first day in Sapa may be a bit of a write-off.
OTOH a couple I spoke to today said the sleeper bus really was hell, they didn't sleep at all. He was large and couldn't fit into the sleeper bed - this is quite common. The airconditioning was blasting all night, and there were not enough blankets, so they were both very cold.
Choose your poison. Sapa is still worth the trip.
Edited by: dash34
Mar 20, 2013 4:47 AM
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