Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sa Pa in enchantment mode as cherry trees bloom

Just seven kilometers away from Sa Pa, the famous mountainous town in the northern province of Lao Cai, the O Quy Ho mountain pass becomes a vantage point at this time to view the incredibly beautiful scenery.

As the first rays of the sun cast their light on the tea gardens, the landscape shines in hues that are a painter`s delight.


Since this is a privately owned garden, travelers can only stand by the O Quy Ho mountain pass to observe the beauty.

The cherry trees sets this tea estate apart from others in Moc Chau in the north and Da Lat in central Vietnam.

From a distance the tea garden looks as if it came out of a fairy tale with the morning mist accentuating its enchantment

Sunshine bathes a lane along the tea hills in gold.

A farmer on her tea field.

The O Quy Ho mountain pass, 50 kilometers long, connects Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces. The mountain pass is named after the legend of the Love Waterfall, the rendezvous for a fairy and a woodcutter named O Quy Ho.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel

Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Sapa (Lao Cai). Top features of the hotel include laundry service/dry cleaning, tours, room service, shops, concierge.
 

The ambiance of Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel is reflected in every guestroom. hair dryer, television, ironing facilities, laptop safe box, fan are just some of the facilities at your disposal. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as spa, massage, sauna. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Sapa (Lao Cai).
Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel

Deluxe Double or Twin room with balcony
35m2. Offering sweeping mountain views, this spacious air-conditioned room includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub.
 
Family Suite
35m2. Offering sweeping mountain views, this spacious air-conditioned suite includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub. Suite is fitted with 1 queen-sized bed and 1 single bed.
 
Honeymoon Suite
45m2. Offering sweeping mountain views from the private balcony, this spacious air-conditioned suite includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub.
 
Standard Double or Twin bed
Offering sweeping mountain views, this air-conditioned room includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub.
 
Superior Double or Twin bed
18m2. Offering sweeping mountain views, this large air-conditioned room includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub.
 
VIP Suite
30m2. Offering sweeping mountain views, this spacious air-conditioned room includes a flat-screen cable TV and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

How to Get to Sapa |Sapa Travel Guide 2019- All Things to do.

SAPA OVERVIEW
Sa Pa is a small town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of Northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3,143m-tall Fansipan peak, which is climbable via a steep, multi-day guided walk.
Sa Pa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). Other great mountains like Aurora & J, where Sa Pa sees the first rays of sun, make up a very steep valley.
Fansipan, Sapa, Vietnam
Fansipan, Sapa, Vietnam
HOW TO GET TO SAPA FROM HANOI
There’s two ways to get to Sapa- by over night train or bus.
Hanoi Sapa Bus
Map Hanoi Sapa Bus Station

By sleeper bus:

The best way to get to Sapa is using sleeper buses. You can book through your hotel from Hanoi to Sapa station or go directly to the Tran Quang Khai Bus Station. It’s quite near to the Old Quater and you can walk from there to the Station.
At the Tran Quang Khai Station The earlies Hanoi -Sapa Buses will departure  at 06:00 am, and the latest departure at 22:00 at night.  The average ticket price Hanoi – Sapa is 220,000 VND / ticket. The cheapest bus ticket (car) sapa is 180,000 VND / ticket, car fare (car) sapa highest is 400,000 VND / ticket.

There are 5-7 bus companies departing from either end everyday, with travel times between 5 and 6 hours. Most buses offer comfortable reclining seat, and bus fares are generally less expensive than train tickets. You can find below the most recommended bus companies:

Hung Thanh Buses:
Sapa Limousine
Queen Cafe Bus: 208 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hanoi.

By train:

The train from Hanoi to Lao Cai station takes around 8 hours. After arriving into Lao Cai station, you’ll need to hire a shuttle bus or taxi to Sapa town.  All trains to Lao Cai can be boarded from Tran Quy Cap station in Hanoi

Vietnam Railways trains – SP1, SP3, SP7, LC3

– hard or soft seat – price of the one-way train ticket is about 120 000 – 160 000 viet.dongs / 1 person ($7, soft seat)
– hard berth (price of the ticket $12, 6-bed cabin) or soft berth (price of the cheap ticket $17, 4-bed cabin)
– SP = new trains, LC3 = old train, carry-on baggage – 20 kg
– seat or berth/bed selection : you can book via travel agencies in Vietnam.

>>> Note: Sapa is a popular tourist attraction, so many ticket agents and travel companies will buy most of the good seats, especially at the weekend and peak season, if you buy tickets at the station, then you can get only a hard seat. To get a good seat, you can book through the travel agents , usually service fee would be 8 to 10% of the normal rate.

Train schedule:

The train departs from Hanoi Railway Station at 10pm and arrives at Lao Cai Station at 6.30am the following morning.

The train departs from Lao Cai Station at 9.5pm and arrives at Hanoi Station at 5.30am the next morning.

It departs daily except Saturday.
HOW IS SAPA WEATHER VIETNAM
children Sapa Vietnam
Children Sapa Vietnam

Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa weather has one of the most favorable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow (mostly from mid-December to mid-January).

Humidity is relatively high all year round, between 83-87% and temperature ranges within 15-30 Celcius degree. If you include Sapa in your itinerary, make sure to bring some warm clothes since it can get quite cold at night
What is the best time to visit Sapa?

From June to August, it is summer time in Vietnam and Sapa is a super hot weekend getaway destination for domestic travelers, which may hamper the authentic and original experience of the town.

In contrast, March-May and September- December are the two recommended periods for international visitors to visit Sapa if you want a more laid-back natural and rejuvenating holiday.

May & September is the harvesting season in Sapa so get your camera charged in full or else you will regret every single step you walk.
Vietnam itinerary - tram Ton pass
Harvesting season in Sapa
How much time to spend in Sapa?

I would suggest to spend 2 nights in Sapa itself at least then you will also need another 2 nights travel on the train to get to/back from Sapa. It means it takes you around 4N3D for this trip (2 nights on the train)

    Recommended tours: Sapa Tour 4 days

THINGS TO DO IN SAPA – PLACES TO VISIT IN SAPA
1. Ham Rong (Dragon Mouth) Moutain – Enjoy panoramic view of Sapa.

Standing on the top of Ham Rong Mountain, you can enjoy panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley and Ta Phin hiding in the mist. To Ham Rong, visitors like to lost in the heaven where clouds embraced all your body and a wide range of flowers are on the ground.

Location: Center of Sapa town.
Sapa Town in the mist
Sapa Town in the mist
2. Ride a bike to Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley is a stunningly beautiful stretch of land lying at the bottom of Fansipan’snorthern flank. There are many green paddy fields stretching to the horizon and dotted with different minority group’s villages.
3. Breathtaking with Terraced rice fields – one of the world’s most beautiful terraced field

If you already make a trip to Muong Hoa Valley, you cannot miss the chance to experience the beauty of terraced rice fields voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive ones of Asia and the world by readers of the UC’s magazine Travel and Leisure.

The slopes claimed from nature for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas create the spectacular terraced rice fields. Local ethnic people here often grow rice and establish next terrace rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top mountains. Being observed from a far distance, the terraced rice fields look like a picture with a beauty which absolutely melts your hear. Especially, the color of this picture will be changed seasonally depending on the time of new crops, which displays its most attractive charm
Best places in Sapa Vietnam
Best places in Sapa Vietnam
4. Visit Sapa Villages
a. Cat Cat village

Cat Cat village is a typical village of ethnic minority. The old H’Mong hill tribe village attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive culture and unique practices which have been lost recently.

Tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries of pristine nature, the traditional cultural and unique original architecture. You can admire a big waterfall on the stream and an old Hydro Electric Power Station built by the French. Moreover, the image of young women in traditional costumes, sitting by looms and making colorful pieces of brocade with designs of flowers, patterns, birds has been a symbol of this mountainous land.

Traditional wood house style is also a featured beauty that should be mentioned. Apart from that, you can try to do weaving fabric, purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts as gifts. The trip to Cat Cat Village will definitely delight you.

The best time to visit Cat Cat Village is early October when the weather is not too hot or too cold. The village is about 3km from Sapa town and located on the slope of the hill. It’s quite easy to walk here.

>>> Location: 2km from the center of Sapa town
b. Ta Phin Village

Located about 17 kilometers to the East from the Sapa province, Ta Phin Village is the attractive stopover in a journey of Sapa travel. Ta Phin village is the home of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life. They live by the traditional career – brocade weaving. Visiting of the village, you can also have a chance to visit Ta Phin Cave nearby which own stunning and strange stalactites in different forms and shapes like animals, plants, or even fairies …

>>>  Located about 17 kilometers to the East from the Sapa Town.
c. Ta Van Village

About 8 kilometers from Sapa Town, Ta Van Village (Ta Van Giay village) belongs to Ta Van commune, Sapa district, Lao Cai province with approximately 150 households. In spite of different ethnic minority groups living here, Giay ethnic minority accounts for the majority of population. In fact, the nobly humanistic values in characteristics and the special culture of Giay people is the most impressive feature for tourists when travelling Ta Van Village.
d. Sin Chai Village

Sin Chai is one of the best-view spots in Sapa, distant 4km from the city center and homed of about 1.400 Mong people.

Sin Chai is located in Ta Giang Phinh commune where the locals consider a unique gift given to the Mong by God. This village is located in the lower of Thau Stream which is never out of water and the foot of Ngu Chi Son Mountain Range. It perches on the high mountain with fog coverage on the way of “winter section” crossing the mountain side. You can reach the village by getting from Sapa then passing Lanh Waterfalls, Ngu Chi Son Slope.
Places to visit in Sapa vietnam
Places to visit in Sapa Vietnam
5. Contemplate Sunrise and Sunset in Sapa

Sapa is not only famous for the romantic beauty of grand mountains, green forests, waterfalls or bright yellow rice terraces nestled in the soft fog but also turns into more sparkling and fanciful in the morning sunrise or flaming under the evening glow. This is an amazing image that anyone coming to Sapa shouldn’t miss.
6. Discover Markets in Sapa
Bac Ha Market in Sapa
Bac Ha Market in Sapa

Visiting Sapa, you shouldn’t miss busy markets, which express cultural distinction of the ethnic minorities here. There are some bustling fairs such as Coc Ly, Bac Ha, Can Cau… where take place several trading activities of diversified goods such as brocade, jewelry, weaving products, etc of hill tribes in the mountain area.  In addition, you can see the locals in their colorful traditional dress. All of them make Sapa as one of the best places to visit in Vietnam

Bac Ha market is a perfect place for trading unique clothes and jewelry of highlands.
7. Fansipan Trekking – Conqure the Roof of Indochian

Fansipan is called as “the Roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m, the highest peak of the Indochina Peninsula. Although the summit of Fansipan is less than half of Mount Everest, this place is a good choice for those who are eager to conquer high peaks and test their muscular power. It would be proud when you conquer a mountain at the tail end of Himalayas.

t’s definitely not an easy trek but it promises marvelous views of the Hoang Lien mountain range and pristine natural beauty. Climbers have chance to explore the diverse flora, enjoy beautiful orchids and wild flowers along the way or listen to the musical concert of insects.
What a great experience!

The ideal time to start your trekking is from mid October to mid November and in March, again. Where to refer: Vietnam Nomad Trails – 13 Tue Tinh Str., Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Tips:

You need to do exercise intensively at least 1 or 2 weeks before the trip

Bring warm clothes!
Bring rainwear with separate coat and trousers
Wear sports shoes that can stick

8. Fansipan Legend

Since 2016, Conquering Fansipan and enjoying the magnificent scenery of Sapa would be much easier for everyone with the help of Fansipan Legend – the highest, longest and most modern cable car system of the world.

Alight from the vehicle then board a free electric vehicle shuttle service. Walk to buy tickets, 600k dongs for cable car ride, 700k dongs for cable car + funicular ride. Cable car only reaches the top of mountain but not the peak. Have to walk pit the building, up a flight of stairs, then take the funicular to near the peak of the mountain.
8. Contemplating stunning mountainous view on O QUY HO Pass

Along the way to Lai Chau, across the Silver Falls and Love Waterfall, you will see the peak of O Qui Ho Pass. One of the four great mountain pass in the Northern part of Vietnam. Standing on the top of the pass, you will see the winding paths connecting the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Next to it is the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

O Quy Ho Pass - Sapa Vietnam

O Quy Ho Pass
OTHER PLACES IN SAPA
SAPA CHURCH

Sapa stone church built in 1895 is considered to be one of the most ancient architectural vestiges of the French. The church has been embellished and preserved, becoming an indispensable image when referring to the misty Sapa town.
LOVE WATERFALL

Love Waterfall belongs to San Sa Ho commune, and far away 14 kilometers Southwest from Sapa. Visiting of the Love Waterfall, you will have a chance to admire the magnificent and splendid beauty of water and the vivid images of the school of fish jumping up and down.

There is a legend story often told by the locals about the waterfall, that is a sad love story of the seventh fairy in the heaven and the poor guy woodcutter. The waterfall was a place of a meeting to start their love, but unacceptable by the God.

Along the way to Love Waterfall, you will see numerous brilliant red azalea and lush bamboo forests, a great beauty of nature.

>>> Location: From Center Sapa Town towards the west about 12 km, on the way to Lai Chau.
HEAVEN’S GATE

Out of Sapa town center, go towards North about 18km, the road to Heaven’s Gate in Sapa is so snaked, and its name is Tram Ton, It is located in the middle of majestic Hoang Lien mountains. And the top of this road is Heaven’s Gate.

Standing at Heaven’s Gate in Sapa, you can see panoramic view of great valley, the bottom is many upland fields and the road is of Phong Tho (Lai Chau) – Sapa (Lao Cai). Far side is Thac Bac Waterfall

    >>Location: From Center Sapa Town towards the west about 18 km, on the way to Lai Chau.

Must to see best places in Sapa

Must to see places in Sapa

COC SAN CAVES SYSTEM IN SAPA – MASTERPIECE OF NATURE

Coc San caves is known as masterpiece of nature in Sapa, which attract a lot of visitors annually.

Coc San is a group consisting of many wonderful waterfalls and caves with different size, so you can call it Coc San caves and Coc San waterfalls. The Coc San Stream from Hoang Lien Son Mountain is the water source of those caves.

Coc San Stream is running 2kms through many cliffs, making many about 10 beautiful caves under waterfalls. The way to Coc San is very difficult and risky; people must cross many big stones and trees. The senses still remain pristine and natural. Approaching to the water falls, you will hear the sound of bubbling water joists.
Places in Sapa - Coc San
Places in Sapa – Coc San

Discovering the caves, you will have chance to admire many stalactites with many shape and size. The air in the cave is very cool and peace. It is best place to escape the hit and bustle of city. In summer and fall, a lot of tourists come to Coc San to visit the scenery, take pictures, and take bath in cool blue water.

>>> Location: In Coc San commune, Bat Xat district, 7 km from Lao Cai city

HOANG A TUONG PALACE

The castle of the “king” was restored and painted in yellow. Hoang A Tuong palace, located in the center of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province, was built in 1914 and completed in 1921.  This is the oldest mansion in the northwestern region. Its owners were father and son Hoang Yen Chao and Hoang A Tuong of Tay ethnic group who ruled the region and were called King before 1945. This places is used to be the most powerful house in the Northwest region

Must to see best places in Sapa

 Must to see best places in Sapa
WHAT TO DO IN SAPA AT NIGHT

By contrast with the colorful and resplendent cover in the day light, Sapa at night seems to be more mysterious and fanciful with a subtle charm.
1. Night Festival
There are not so many night festivals in Sapa but annually in mid-fall there will be flower garlands and colored lanterns hung in the Mid-Fall Night Festival. Participating in Sapa’s Mid-Fall Festival, you will wallow in thousands of vivid and colorful lanterns with various shapes and sizes. Especially, the splendid lantern parade will go around in all central streets and it will definitely bring you an exciting and romantic culture feast.
2. Grilled Food
Sapa town is also famous for the night market which offers different delicious dishes, most of which are grilled or roasted ones. Visiting Sapa without trying a dish of baked or grilled meat, beef, fish, and vegetables is a great pity. These specialties can be eaten with chilly sauce or lemon-salt.
The light from hundreds of small bulbs in the food kiosks along with cloth roof, plastic tables and chairs is enough to bring up the heart warming atmosphere in the cold night.

What to do in Sapa at night

What to do in Sapa at night
3. Going to the bars at night

Going to bars or pubs at night is one of the most attractive activities in Sapa. Bars will open in the evening until 1:00 am the following morning (some close sooner though).

International visitors are always in favor of bars and enjoy getting there most of the time. Partly because the unique atmosphere of Sapa’s bars that attracts every visitor both domestic and international. Not crowded, noisy, flashy or luxurious, the peaceful and friendly aura from these bars is enough to lure the customers in.
Here are some famous night bars in Sapa
Bamboo Bar

This is the biggest bar in Sapa. Bamboo bar attracts a lot of tourists from all over the place. It also serves with special dancing and music performances of ethnic minority tribes in the region. Bamboo bar easily leaves the impression as a unique and eye-catching decorated bar among the tourists.

Address: #18 Mường Hoa Street, Sapa, Lào Cai (Sapa Bamboo Hotel)
Tel: (+84) 203 871 076
Opening hours: 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm (every Friday and Saturday)

Bamboo Bar Picture

Bebop Bar

Located on Cầu Mây Street, Bebop bar is a quite special bar in Sapa that looks like a café more than a bar. Not crowded and flashy, Bebop is an unbelievably quiet and mild bar. Bebop bar has two floors, a billiard table and a special area for music performance. You can play impromptu a piece of music with any instrument there. The second floor is a perfect space for a deeper and more profound sensation with a balcony looking down the street. Get a hot cup of coffee and the taste of the town’s impression will mix in your every single sip.

Bebop Bar Picture

Bebop Bar Picture
H’Mong Sisters Bar and Game

Foreign visitors enjoy visit here at night for the nice and cozy atmosphere that is suitable for relaxation.

Address: #31 Mường Hoa Valley, Sapa, Lào Cai
Tel: (+84) 915 504 2366
Opening hours: 4:00 pm to 2:00 am

H’Mong Sisters Bar and Game

The Hill Station Deli & Boutique
The Hill Station was the symbol of an ever lasting love and the admiration for the area once called the Tonkinese Alps. Lying on Mường Hoa Street, The Hill Station is a common place for strangers, visitors and solo travelers on their way. It is also a combination of both elegant traditional feature and the simple Western texture.

Adress: #7 Mường Hoa Street, Sapa, Lào Cai
    Tel: (+84) 203 887 111
The Hill Station Deli & Boutique Picture
The Hill Station Deli & Boutique Picture

You can also check out a few more bars such as Mountain Bar & Pub, Royal Bar and discotheque, Táu Bar, The Valley View Bar and Delta Bar.
WHAT & WHERE TO EAT IN SAPA VIETNAM
1. Thang Co (Thắng cổ)

Thang Co is the traditional food of Hmoong people and it has been cooked for hundreds years. Thang Co is a type of soup which is made of horsemeat, horse’s viscera and horse’s bone. You might feel a little bit panic-stricken when hearing about the ingredients but that feeling will be blown away once you taste it. Cooking this dish not only requires time but also the skill of cooks. The seasonings comprises of 12 spices from cardamon, ginger, citronella, anise to cinnamon twig.
The locals stew horsemeat with these 12 spices in a big pot within a couple of hours. To elevate the flavor of Thang Co soup, they serve it with fresh vegetable and a special red hot pepper name Muong Khuong.
Where to eat:

Thang Co A Quynh restaurant
Add: 15 Thach Son st, Sapa district
Opening hours: 7.00 am – 22.00 pm

2. Sapa Cap Nach Pork (Thịt heo cặp nách Sapa)

Cap Nach pork is a specialty of this mountainous region. The ways to make this dish is diverse. The locals usually roast a whole pig directly on charcoal so that the skin covering the pork is very brittle while the pork inside is very delicious and fleshy. Others stir-fry thie pork with little or no water and herbs. No matter how does you cook it, make sure the pork is soft with a hint of spicy.
Where to eat:

Anh Dung restaurant
Add: 69 Xuan Vien st, Sapa town
Opening hours: 8.00 AM- 10.30 PM

Hoang Minh restaurant

Add: number 23-24 Sapa food court (the corner of Xuan Vien st and Fansipan st)
Opening hours: 9.00 am- 10.00 pm

3. Salmon Sour Hotpot

Fish, more importantly salman fish in a mountainous region as Sapa? It’s like a joke, right?

But it’s not!
Sapa has an extremely cool weather all year round and the water here is pretty cold that is suitable for salmon to exist. It’s explained why salmon sour hot pot is a familiar food to local people. The food has a timeless quality. No matter when you enjoy this hot pot, your eyes will littery light up talking about the dish.

The real star of the hot bot is its broth. It’s a combination of several vegetable types and freshly caught salmon. Unlike other fish, salmon brings to diners an elegant and delicate flavor. Nestle up to a restaurant on Sapa hillroad and make an order of salmon sour hot pot, your heat beat is just a little bit faster.
Where to eat:
Hoa Dao restaurant

Add: 48 Le Van Tam st, Sapa
Opening hours: 9.00 am-10.00 pm

Lotus Sapa

Add: 34 Cau May, Sapa
Opening hours: 9.00 am-10.00 pm

4. Bamboo sticky rice (Cơm lam)
Vietnameses have more than an obsession with rice. You can tase several kinds of rice along the way.

Bamboo sticky rice in Sapa is an abnormal version of rice. Different from others, it is absolutely cooked in bamboo sections. Local people spend spend hours on collecting the bamboo then cleaning and chopping them into small sections at about 30 centimeters in length. The locals mix rice with a little bit of salt then they stuff up bamboo with salty rice. Don’t forget the water used to cook this dish. It’s brought from the streams which is fresh and a little bit sweet. A biggest secret here is that you need to resolve the bamboo sections while grilling.
Where to eat:

BBQ area

Add: Along Cau May st, Sapa
Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 10.00 pm

5. Brook fish
Apart from salmon, brook fish is also a popular and favorite dish of both local people and tourists. Normally the locals just grill brook fish directly on charcoal. Step by step, the fishy smell will not be anymore. Instead, it’s now crunchy, greasy, and packed full of tastiness.

6. Tao Meo wine – a local whiskey of H’moong

Tao Meo wine is a popular and original wine of H’moong people. It is made from fruits of Tao Meo tree – a kind of tree grows naturally on Hoang Lien Son Mountain. It blooms at the end of spring in autumn so you can buy the fresh Tao Meo fruit from August to October. It serves up an amazing natural wine flavor for those who are seeking something unique in the mountainous region. Tao Meo wine comes perfect with unbelivebly good brook fish.
Where to eat:

Rendez-Vous Restaurant

Add: 06 Muong Hoa st, Sapa
Opening hours: 9.00 am -10.00 pm

Hoang Minh restaurant
Add: number 23-24 Sapa food court (the corner of Xuan Vien st and Thac Bac st)
Opening hours: 9.00 am- 10.00 pm

7. Dried Buffalo meat (Thit Trau Gac Bep)
Sapa is famous for dried meat especially dried buffalo meat. As the name refers, meat is well dried with an addition of seasoning. Each dried part of meat weighs about 2 kilos and can be stored for years. Khang Gai dried meat hosts a unique taste that can’t be seen in anywhere of Vietnam. If you are a finger food lover, this food is created for you.
Where to eat:

Fansipan Restaurant
Add: 25 Cau May, SapaOpening hours: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

Source post :  
From http://topsvietnam.com/sapa-vietnam-sapa-travel-guide/

Amazing Sapa Hotel

Amazing Sapa Hotel boasts exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, making it an ideal retreat for leisure and business travelers alike.

Our stylish, elegant four-star hotel features 82 guest rooms and suites with spectacular view of surrounding mountains and terraced rice fields. Luxurious and contemporary, the hotel offers modern rooms with amenities, complimentary wireless internet access, heated indoor swimming pool , a fitness centre, beauty and spa services, exquisite restaurant and bar, and a fine range of banqueting and meeting venue to cater to every need and occasion.

All 82 rooms and suites with impressive views of the surrounding mountains and terraced rice fields.
In-room features cater for the needs of local and international business and leisure travelers
State-of-the-art meeting facilities and event spaces
Exquisite restaurant and bar with variety of dining options for every social and business occasion
State-of-the-art recreational facilities including heated indoor swimming pool; fully-equipped fitness centre or tranquility spa.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Sapa Vista Hotel

Sapa Vista is a new Hotel In Sapa that will stand out with one of the clearest view hotels in Sapa, the hotell located in the most unique area of Sapa town. It is worth to spend 6 minute walking (or 3 minute driving) from Sapa Tourist Information Center (in front of Sapa square, the heart of Sapa) to this place.


Clear view, large mountain, fresh air and nice staff will bring you far away from noisy, crowed and polluted cities, help you kiss away all your tiredness and trouble. You have chance to deliver yourself into the nature. After the stay in this unique location, happy memory will stay in your innocent heart.

After running a dozen hotels in Sapa Vietnam, well study and understanding on bedding needs, We set up the most comfortable bed at our hotel. The Best Sleep Quality start from the most comfortable bed and a quiet location,

Private and Stylish balcony offerring nicest view to Fansipan Mt and Muong Ha Valley

The hotell located in the most unique area of Sapa town. It is worth to spend 6 minute walking (or 3 minute driving) from Sapa Tourist Information Center (in front of Sapa square, the heart of Sapa) to this place.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Halong Serenity Cruise 2 days 1 night |Discount 24$

Halong Serenity Cruise is a new junk, belonging to the Cat Ba Express group. Following the outstanding success of the Cat Ba Express, the team realized they could bring something new to the cruise experience. Welcome to Serenity Cruises which introduces visitors to the quieter area of Ha Long & Lan Ha Bay offering comfortable luxury for the discerning customer. We visit a remoter part of the region allowing people to experience the natural beauty and local culture away from the crowds. 
Halong Serenity Cruise
Halong Serenity Cruise

HIGHLIGHTS OF HALONG SERENITY CRUISE

  • Longest route (among typical cruise 2 day 1 night tours in the bays).
  • Creative and unique itinerary designed by Serenity Cruises spealists and geographers based in Halong – Lan Ha Bay areas
  • Only 2.5 hours bus transfer from Hanoi through the newest highway (instead of 5 hours as normal tour).
  • Free roundtrip bus transfer Hanoi – Ha Long (no hidden price).
  • Cutting-edge technologies in cruise construction, all cabin is connected to nature with private balconies.
  • Professional and enthusiastic staffs.

HALONG SERENITY CRUISE ITINERARY

FIRST DAY: HANOI - HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY

8:30 - 9:00 Pick-up time
For those who book our transfer service will be collected from hotels around Hanoi Old Quarter. Instead of spending 4 hours on the traditional road to Ha Long city, we will shortly arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf by express way after 2,5 hours driving.

11:30 Arrive in Tuan Chau Wharf

She anchors far from crowded and touristy area in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets.

12:15 Embark on SERENITY CRUISES

Warmly welcome to SERENITY CRUISES! While enjoying welcome drink, our cruise manager will deliver cruise briefing and safety introduction. After that you will check in your cabin


12:45 Enjoy fabulous buffet lunch

Fabulous buffer lunch is served while SERENITY CRUISES starts her sails into to magnificent Lan Ha Bay – an extension of Ha Long Wonder which is much quiet and less touristic. She will pass famous Finger Islet, Frog Islet and thousands of uniquely shaped limestone towers and islands.
15:00 Explore Lan Ha - Ha Long bay, hit the green emerald water for kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits)

SERENITY CRUISE reaches Dau Be Island, one of the most beautiful islands located in the South East of Ha Long bay. It is time to discover Halong bay on your own with your travel buddies – sharing kayak. Go explore the beauty of nature in hidden lagoon with lots of stalactites hanging down from the cave ceiling. This activity might depend on the tide level of the bay. In case the tide level is too high or too low, we will do kayaking in Dark Cave, Bright Cave area. There is a stop for those who wish to swim and go snorkeling in the lush green water.

16:30 Happy Hour & cooking demonstration

Back to SERENITY CRUISES after outdoor activities, this is perfect time to relax yourself with a cocktail, Happy hour deal is available from 16.30 – 18.30. Onboard, you may join a traditional cooking class presented by our crew.
Before dinner, our experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight

19:00 Savor deluxe Dinner Set Menu

After the incredible dinner, take your leisure time to chat at the bar, watch the movie in the restaurant, enjoy Spa treatment … You wil stay overnight on boat.

SECOND DAY: LAN HA BAY - BIKING CAT BA NATIONAL PARK - HANOI 

6:30 Do Taichi section on sundeck
Be an early bird for photo hunt and join our Taichi session on the sundeck to refresh your body and mind.
7:00 Have light breakfast

SERENITY CRUISES continues her sail to Cat Ba Island, passing amazing karst towers. Tea, coffee and light breakfast is served with fresh air and peaceful surroundings.

7:45 Visit Viet Hai village

Our crew will take you to Viet Hai, a small village located in the midst of jungles, covered by high mountains range of Cat Ba National Park. Spending around 30 minutes for biking along, you will feel the peaceful atmosphere, charming scenery of a typical village in the North of Vietnam.

9:15 Return to SERENITY CRUISES

You will have sometime for fresh relax on the cruise then spend few minutes to settle your bill and check out from 9.15-10.00 am

10:00: Taste delightful brunch 

During the time well prepared brunch is served, SERENITY Cruises slowly navigates emerald water and thousands of karst mountains towards the Harbour.

11:30 Disembark SERENITY CRUISES and farewell the crew

12:00 - 12:15: “Goodbye Lan Ha – Ha Long bay”

Return at Tuan Chau Wharf and get ready for driving back to Hanoi (available for booking in advanced)

15:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, end of unforgettable trip

HALONG SERENITY CRUISE  PRICE  

169 $ / 145 $ PER / PAX /NIGHT
APPLY FOR GROUP 2 PAX
Click link beside to booking halong serenity Cruise

Terrace Moon Suite at a glance
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Terrace Moon Suite offers elegant accommodation for couples to share their travel experiences. Complimentary bottle of wine, daily fresh flowers and fruit, together with an exclusive spa service (foot massage) create a romantic atmosphere. The suite comes with its own private 10m2 terrace with lounge furniture.
  • Level 3rd deck (bow facing)
  • Average cabin size 45m2
  • Type of bed 1 full moon shaped bed
  • Max occupancy 2 adults + 1 child
  • Private sitting area Yes
  • Private terrace 10m2
  • Price $490 / Night / 2 pax 
Moon Suite Cabin at a glance

  • Level 3rd deck (bow facing)
  • Average cabin size 45m2
  • Type of bed 1 full moon shaped bed
  • Max occupancy 2 adults + 1 child
  • Private sitting area Yes
  • Private terrace 10m2
  • Price 450$ / Night / 2 pax 

Senior Suite Cabin at a glance
Superior Suites are located on the second deck in the heart of everything.  These cabins offer exceptional comfort and the height of modern luxury.
  • Level 3rd deck (bow facing)
  • Average cabin size 45m2
  • Type of bed 1 full moon shaped bed
  • Max occupancy 2 adults + 1 child
  • Private sitting area Yes
  • Private terrace 10m2 
  •  Price $358 / Night / 2 pax 
Junior Suite Cabin at a glance
Junior Suites can also be booked as connecting cabins (subject to availability) making them ideal for families and groups of friends.
  • Level 3rd deck (bow facing)
  • Average cabin size 45m2
  • Type of bed 1 full moon shaped bed
  • Max occupancy 2 adults + 1 child
  • Private sitting area Yes
  • Private terrace 10m2
  • Pice 169 $ / pax / per night
Important Notes: 
  • Cruise itinerary might be changed due to weather and other conditions without prior notice.
  •  Swimming or kayaking activities may be not possible due to bad weather. Unused services are not subjected to a refund.
  •  Meals onboard are served with seafood, Vietnamese and international style. Any special request for food preference, allergies or dietary requirements should be informed at least 2 days before the departure date.
  •  Registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expired date for all passengers. 
  • Wifi is available in the restaurant/bar area only, Internet connection is limited due to the geography of Halong bay

Inclusion-Halong Serenity Cruise

  • Transfer Hanoi – Ha Long (Tuan Chau wharf) round trip. 
  • Full furnished cabin with private Ocean View Balcony. 
  • English speaking guide onboard. 
  • All meals onboard mentioned (01 lunch, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast, 01 brunch). 
  • Complimentary 2 bottled water in each Cabin. 
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees. 
  • Cooking class, Taichi. 
  • Kayak (2 people share a kayak). 

Exclusion -Halong Serenity Cruise

  • Limousine/private transfer Hanoi <-> Ha Long (upon request). 
  • Spa, Massage, Beverages, Personal expenses. 
  • Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and Lunar New year. 
  • Tips for guide/driver/crew & All other services and items not mentioned specifically above. 
Video Halong Serenity Cruise :



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Azure Sapa Hotel

Azure Sapa Hotel is located at 43 Fansipan Street,Sapa Town. With modern décor and a team that are celebrated for being kind, helpful and friendly, this international 4-star standard is in a preferred and affordable locale. Hotel offer an array of accommodation, meeting, dining and other hotel facilities and services for guests in Sapa for relaxing holiday,Comfortable and memorable.


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The Azure Sapa Hotel is a haven amidst this cosmopolitan city. Azure Hotel Sapa Vietnam is best boutique hotel & reviews with discount rates on hotels-in-vietnam. Booking Azure Sapa Hotel online and get hot deals or special promotions: instant confirmation with best price guarantee for your holidays.


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These are general hotel policies for Azure Sapa Hotel, as they may vary per room type, please also check the room description. Check-in date:from 14:00 until later. Sooner subject to room availability. Check-out date: until 12:00 or sooner Late check-out until 18:00 will be charged 50% of room rate. Cancellation:
  • Free! If cancelled or modified up to 25 days before date of arrival, NO fee will be charged.
  • If cancelled or modified up to 20 days before date of arrival, 50% of total nights will be charged.
  • If cancelled or modified after 20 days before date of arrival, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
  • in case of no-show, 100% of the reservation will be charged.

Child & Baby-cot:
  • Free! 1 child(ren) under 5 years old stay free of charge when using existing beds.
  • Free! 1 child(ren) under 2 years old stay free of charge in a baby-cot.
  • Pets Policy:Pets are not allowed