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As you known, Vietnam is blessed with breath-taking landscapes, rich history and glorious cuisine, thus, the decision on traveling in this country is the true. Wherever you go on your holidays to Vietnam and whether you speak the language or not, you can expect to be warmly welcomed and afforded levels of courtesy that are hard to find anywhere else in the world. Vietnam is our home and Travel Sense Asia has so many ideas to create the best Vietnam tour packages for your dream holiday. In the article, we can always create a best itinerary and customise your personal needs, budget to your travel experience in Vietnam – One of the most beautiful countries of the world!
To get the best Vietnam package deals, you should have a perfect preparation before getting this country. Firstly, passport is the most important things you need to have when you stay in Vietnam less than 29 days. Secondly, Vietnam has the awesome weather however, maybe it is rain. Thus, you should search the forecast weather during the traveling-day in order to bring the necessary clothes. Thirdly, one suggestion for you is to choose the satisfied tour brand when traveling in Vietnam as the safe. Finally, you can search the information of all destinations you visit to get more understand.
What are the best Vietnam destinations?
On the first day: Hanoi capital
Hanoi is famous for the huge of culture and long-time historical sites that attract a lot of tourists. The first destination in Hanoi is Ho Chi Minh complex which involves the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, and one-pillar pagoda. These places are home of the national hero in Vietnam is President Ho Chi Minh, where our President read the Declaration of Independence on 2/9/1945, giving birth to Vietnam. After that, you can take the bus to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology displayed the traditional tools of the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
In the afternoon, you should take a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter. Hanoi Old Quarter is constructed both of old-styled and modern – styled streets to adapt to the dynamic atmosphere. Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most popular which located inside a complex of Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, and Pen Tower.
In the end of day, The Water Puppet show is the choice for travelers which is a traditional show of Vietnamese people. It is believed that the performance of actors will bring for you the strange feeling. Actually, the farming or legends like the golden turtle and the Emperor are traditional activities.
On the second – third day: Sapa
Sapa is famous for many beautiful scenes and the unique food of the Northwest forests. Cat Cat village is the village of ethnic groups which is famous for the distinctive customs and practices kept from a long time. Come here, you will approach the life of Black H’mong people where you can discover many interesting facts about their daily life as well as culture and architecture. In Shin Chai village, the woman wears the beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive an enormous red turban and the silver jewelry so it is an attractive point. They will be around all the time, singing, dancing or anything to make you smile. Moreover, you can teach them songs, poems that you used to love when you were a child.
Sapa is famous for its markets, and on almost every day in the week. Therefore, you don’t worry about missed any markets during the coming time. For distance, Coc Ly Market opens on Tuesday which is a great place to buy traditional costumes and to learn more about the local culture. There are two largest markets organized in the weekend like Can Cau Market and Bac Ha market. Can Cau market is located only 7 kilometers from the Chinese border, and just like the other markets, a fascinating and authentic experience. The most famous market is Bac Ha. You can buy several products, such as handicrafts, traditional costumes, and food.
Ta Phin village is surrounded by mountains with the rice terraces. You come to Ta Phin can find many distinctively handmade brocades made by ethnic people. You can buy some products to bring back your country. For example, there are a bag, purse, skirt, and even backpack and coat. You will have a lunch cooked by the ethnic group.
On the fourth – fifth day: Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders recognized by UNESCO, which is the place you shouldn’t miss. One suggestion for you is to book the room on the cruise as you can grace the stunning landscapes on the beach and enjoy the delicious seafood suppers. Vung Vieng is one of the largest fishing villages in Bai Tu Long. This village offers a great opportunity for visitors to experience the villager’s daily life as well as observe the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Moreover, you continuous visit to Pearl Farm. And you will enjoy several activities such as Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming and so on. After that, you take 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing then upon return to the boat.
Thien Canh Son Cave is a wild cave located on Bai Tu Long Bay, in the center of Cong Do Island. Inside the cave, it is a naturally wonderland with a lotus, a baby elephant. To log in the cave, you need to walk up about 100 stone steps where you can climb on the heaven gate’s side. Stone of seals and flowers build a paradise in the world. This cave is famous by its wild and natural beauty, definitely, pristine limestone stalactites and beautiful surrounding landscape.
On the sixth day: Hue
Hue is known as the historical destination. Firstly, you should travel the tombs of Tu Duc and Minh Mang, which were built and designed during the emperors’ lifetime. Visiting the Imperial Citadel allows you to not only marvel at magnificent architecture, but also take a picture of yourself in royal costume set on the throne of the Emperor. Located on the Huong riverside, Thien Mu pagoda and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. Settled on the North part of Perfume River, Thien Mu pagoda is easy to access by bicycle or by a dragon boat along the river. Moreover, you can discover the city’s nightlife that is very lively and beautiful. You may hop from restaurant to restaurant to enjoy Hue specialties with a cool Huda beer. Satisfy your stomach with delicious royal cuisine that boasts more than 1,000 specialty dishes, like Bun Bo Hue, Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Banh Loc, Phu The Cake, etc.
On the seventh day: Hoian town
Historic Hoian is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Hoian is very impressed with the town interesting lines of the lamp. During night time, almost houses are turned on with colorful lamps and you grace a lot of floating candles appeared on the river. The Japanese Covered Bridge has constructed by the Japanese in order to pass the water and been established as the symbol of Hoian due to built for 400 years. The Fujian Assembly Hall, which bears all the fundamental features in the structure of a Chinese Assembly Hall, is believed to be built by Chinese merchants of the Fujian Province.
Next, you will have an experienced tour with the Lifestart community which is a non-profit charity organization. Especially, you will learn life skills through handicraft. The mission of this tour directly supports disadvantaged of members in the community. Lanterns in Hoian are very famous and attractive foreigners.
On the eighth day: Danang
Danang is one of the cultural destinations in Vietnam package deals. Bana Hills is one of the most attractive destination. Sitting on Carbin, you can see the mountains, streams… which is very impressive. There are many places you should visit in Bana hills like Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Garden, Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung Pagoda, the Old Villas of French. Firstly, Mo Stream is the attraction place, you must trek up the mountain. The pristine stream is the natural landscape. Coming here, you can take the greatest pleasure of swimming in the cool water. The next place is the Wax Museum where displays a copy of Showcase politicians, celebrities from all over the world such as Lionel Messi, David Beckham, movie star Jet Li… Free for joining game in Fantasy Park which is the largest state in Vietnam and satisfies the entertainment demands of all ages. If you come here, you can join the an entertainment paradise with all kinds of game: 4 – 5D film, skiver, the death race, dinosaur park… Then Debay Wine Cellar is home to an abundance of grape wine.
My Khe is worldwide known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world which always welcome you with all harmonious facilities supplied for tourism, convenient transportation, free entrance for tourists. The weather and wave in My Khe beach are very suitable for swimming or takes place the water sports like diving, water-skiing, diving, and yacht race. Besides, you should try many special kinds of seafood like shrimp, crab, squid, and abalone.
On the ninth day: Ho Chi Minh city
Being a tourist city, Ho Chi Minh has systems of infrastructure and tourism service developmentally. The first place you should come to is Duc Ba church because of its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French architecture. Some couples come to take photograph and record movies, especially for the wedding. You should go to Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. The office can provide many services for visitors such as sending letters, changing money, selling stamps and coins. Next, Ben Thanh market is a great place to find local handicrafts, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. However, you should bargain the price of goods you want. There are the popular products such as clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods.
In the late afternoon, you should come to Saigon Opera House has been constructed by the French architect, which is now a venue including 468 seats offers a good view from every seat for many high-profile events in the city. The Saigon Opera House becomes a theater for a variety of traditional and classical performances.
On the tenth – eleventh day: Mekong Delta
You should come to the island with lush tropical gardens to know the history of the regions and steers. The tropical fruit is the place you know the stories of the area’s cottage industry, coconut candy. Spending time gracing a coconut candy factory, where you will hear the history of the industry and watch how this confection is made. You should visit the catfish farm by motor boat after travelling downs the canals and backwaters of the main Mekong Channel. Coming to the traditional handicraft villages and tropical fruits gardens, you can enjoy the typical folk music in Southern Vietnam.
If you want to have more experience in the trip, one suggestion for you is to take a motorboat in order to transfer to Chau Doc. Cham villages have a mosque superficial, majestic, sparkling in the morning sunlight or sunset. Houses also have the type of unusual architecture with decorative patterns and decoration in houses. Appearing for a moment on the door railing are beautiful young girls sitting to spin or weave brocade under the floor. In particular, Cham women are very beautiful when they wear traditional clothes. You can try wearing them to take photograph. It is more fanciful.
On the twelve day; Depart at Tan Son Nhat airport
You have one free day to discover one more time in Saigon to buy anything in Ben Thanh market. This place has displayed many many souvenirs. Finally, finishing the best Vietnam package deals, Travel Sense Asia wishes that this trip will bring the awesome feeling about the beautiful country.
Welcome to Indochina, a great region with fascination history, culture and long history that has been to the world wide traveler’s bucket list since centuries ago. Cambodia and Vietnam are neighbours so you can combine the destinations in these as its convenient. Spending one week on the trip, you get the best Cambodia package tour from Vietnam. Starting from the Southern of Vietnam, you will discover the country’s bustling city, the historical places and the local people in the river . This tour is an unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle found throughout the Mekong Delta… The tour is flexible can start in Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam) and end in Siem Reap (Cambodia) or vice versa.
Crucial highlights in the trip
Feeling the atmosphere of a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture in Ho Chi Minh City
Approaching the life of local people who live in the river and the floating market
Experiencing the particular transportations in both of Vietnam and Cambodia including motorbike, boat and tuk tuk
Living out your travel dreams exploring the famous ruins of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples
Trying the tastes of traditional foods almost destinations in the journey
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh city
Starting the trip with Ho Chi Minh City in one day, you will have the awesome feeling in the bustle city. There are many places constructed following to the old architecture such as Saigon Opera, Duc Ba church, and General Post Office. These destinations always attract almost of foreigners by the special French style. You will spend full day discovering the most attractive sites in Ho Chi Minh, which will help you to learn about the history and also the culture of this land.
Notre Dame Cathedral is considered the symbol of this dynamic city, is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh and reaches a height of up to 60 meters. Duc Ba church is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam. Following the French structure, it is a wonderful building situated in the Paris Square in Saigon downtown. Next, the Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Saigon, which has long been the busiest post office in Vietnam. The Post Office is also one of Ho Chi Minh tourist attractions by it offers all types of the postal services such as selling postcards, stamps with cheaper prices and mailing. Especially, foreigners completely use the money exchange service in there.
Coming this city, one suggestion for you is to visit Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Saigon Post Office in order to learn about Saigon’s fascinating combination of colonial, postcolonial and post-Vietnam War history through its architecture. Independence Palace and War Remnants Museum are two historical places accumulated of symbols in the war for veterans. Independence Palace was built for a long time but it has just changed since 1975 the name like that when the big event happens the successive South Vietnamese president. In the construction, the Independence Palace includes tunnels, telecommunications center, and a war room. The war command room will be set up maps on its walls and equipment. And the War Remnants Museum is well-known as the exhibition relating to the American phase, which is the house for displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism.
Transferring to Can Tho
In the morning, the driver will pick up you at your hotel and move to Ben Tre. The most famous transportation in here is a small boat, so you can use the one to start your sightseeing around the waterways of Mekong Delta. You should come to the island with lush tropical gardens to know the history of the regions and steers.
Next, the tour can visit the brick factory and board a small boat and meander through the canals and waterways. The stopping place is a small homemade coconut to see how coconuts have been produced, and woven mats that are later sold in the market. From there, you should come to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea. This is special food in here. At this time, you also walk around quiet villages and watch the life of rural people in Mekong Delta. It is a chance to learn that those people can amazingly make dozens of useful products out of coconut trees. After that, you can participate on a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking as you enjoy a three-course lunch of Mekong specialties! Coming to the traditional handicraft villages and tropical fruits gardens, you can enjoy the typical folk music in Southern Vietnam.
Discovering Cai Rang floating market
Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day but it is crowded from sunrise to about 9:00 a.m. One of the most attractive destinations in Cambodia package tour is Cai Rang floating market, you admire the selling activities in the past by using a traditional “offering pole” for exchanging consumer goods. The vendors can exchange the goods. For example, they usually change the fruit to rice or daily tools. Especially, you can buy particular items such as fruit, daily tools, traditional foods,…It is believed that the price of these is quite cheap. After that, one recommendation for you is walking around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Then you proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su. Let’s take a small boat to approach the wild birds Sanctuary to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest and watch storks, cranes and other tropical birds.
Passing Chau Doc and catching up Phnom Penh
Vietnam and Cambodia are two near neighbours so it is easy to transfer between. Phnom Penh includes the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You can climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple. Let’s experience with a Tuk Tuk for 20$ for the entire day, you will get the strange feeling. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom is an unforgettable place, you will open your eyes to beautiful sights, heartbreaking history and limitless warmth, kindness, and hospitality. Next, Silver Pagoda is located in the southern portion of the Royal Palace complex, Wat Preah Keo Morakot. The pagoda was formerly known as Wat Ubosot Rotannaram. Why? One of the most reasons is this pagoda is where the King worshiped, prayed and practiced every Buddhist Silas Day. The National Museum of Arts is the country’s largest archeological and cultural history museum. It helps you to have a sight into the cultural side of Cambodian history dating back to the 4th century.
Moving to Siem Reap
Siem Reap is an ideal base to explore Cambodia’s Angkor Temple complex. One of another place in Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary is Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It is known as the gods of the good and evil line the entrance. The temple of Ta Prohm was once used as a location to film the famous Hollywood film, Tomb Raider. Angkor Thom is famous for 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Enclosure, and the Elephants Terrace. Begin tour to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, start from the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple.
Another destination which you must visit when joining the Cambodia package tour is Angkor Wat. Coming here, you admire many temples near the modern city of Siem Reap so the way is convenient. For distance, these temples include Angkor Thom, Bayon Temples and Ta Prohm, Phimeanakas, and the Terrace of Elephants. Especially, one of the famous temples is Ta Prohm which is instantly recognizable which was a key setting in the hit movie, Tomb Raider, chosen for its exotic. Additionally, the temple structure is quite smaller than others, but its detailed carvings, which depict famous Hindu tales. Enjoy a guided tour around this huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of Angkor before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. Continue sightseeing this afternoon with a visit to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of the Women’.
Visiting Tonle Sap lake
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater in South East Asia. The Lake is becoming importantly by its commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at one of the largest floating villages on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The men fishers are lived on the floating villages, mobile-houses. The famous floating village at the edge of the lake is Chong Khneas. Spending two hours delivering by the boat through the floating village and you will explore several ethnic groups like Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese floating households, the floating markets, fisheries, schools and other boatloads. In there, you will enjoy stunning foods such as fresh fruits, sticky rice, and consist of a soup, a salad, a fish dish, vegetables.
Finishing Cambodia package tour from Vietnam, you will get experience in these incredible countries in Indochina particularly Vietnam and Cambodia, where own the highlights the natural beauty and the uniquely fascinating cultures. Let’s talk to Travel Sense Asia your troubles, we are willing to advise some tips for travelers.
Welcome to Vietnam, coming not only for gracing the stunning landscapes but also you should try unrecognizable food; sampling anything and everything even though you have no idea what it is, let alone if it’s an animal, plant or bean derivative. Vietnam has three regions like Northern, Central, and Southern which are famous for many specials. Nowadays, we can more understand the second area and make the decision in the holiday. The hot Centra Vietnam packages 2018 will be offered detailly by Travel Sense Asia.
First of all, you need to prepare the visa, passport and any important documents before coming to the airport. After that, you should search the forecast weather to bring the luggage.
Central Vietnam’s areas include Hoi An, Da Nang, and Hue. Coming here in the period between April and September, this region has to rains from the southwest monsoon by the mountains, which means you can expect sunny days during these months. Unfortunately, it falls between September and December, coupled with the typhoons from the Western Pacific.
Therefore, the best time to visit central Vietnam is from April to August in order to experience in the sunshine and blue skies with pleasantly hot temperatures.
Visiting the Citadel and the Imperial City of Hue in the first day
Spending 5 days on traveling almost places in the Central region, it is believed that you will get the awesome trip. You can choose one of the two international airports are Noi Bai in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh to arrival at Hue airport.
Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam.
Tu Duc’s tomb is the most popular and impressive of the royal mausoleums. It is constructed by many tombs and the forced labor. Hue owes its charm partly to its location on the Perfume River with the atmosphere. Next, you should visit The Imperial Citadel which built in the 11th century. This place shows a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley. Of course, it is influenced by coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.
For long years, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of emperors past so your couple can visit some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. For example, the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. Located on the converse of rivers, and it gives you a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding area. Next, Thien Mu Pagoda (or called Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda), which is built on a hill overlooking the Perfume River, 4 kilometers Southwest of the Citadel. Of course, Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagodas in Hue city.
In the evening, you can enjoy the Hue Royal specialty and music by joining one of the boat trips along Perfume River. You should enjoy the two kinds of music: “Dai Nhac” and “Nha Nhac” which developed from the ritual music under Le and Nguyen dynasty.
Passing Hai Van Pass and coming to Hoian in the second day
After finishing the breakfast, you will pass through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co at the foot of the Hai Van Pass. Lang Co beach is an attractive island-like stretch of white sand. Smooth sloping white sandy beach, turquoise blue clear waters, endlessly hills and mountains create such a charming landscape. The villagers are warm, hospitable and simple-minded. The seafood is fresh and delicious. For example, various kinds of shrimps, lobster, sea shrimp, crab, butterfish, mackerel fish, oysters, etc. It promises to be an ideal spot for all kinds of beach activities.
Take on board along Huong river watching Bao Vinh old town which hosted a busy port in the 18th century, had 39 old buildings standing at the end of the American War. You should stop in Sinh Village where traditional painting handicraft has been practiced for hundreds generation and get a chance to meet the artisans and learn more about their age-old techniques.
After that, you will transfer to Hoian town.
Discovering Hoian in the third day
One of the most attractive destinations in Central Vietnam packages 2018 is Hoian town. You will visit the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge which reflects a Chinese communal hall, and the colorful market. It is an invaluable property and has officially been established as the symbol of Hoian. It was constructed by the Japanese then living in Hoian to across the water. The Fujian Assembly Hall, which bears all the fundamental features in the structure of a Chinese Assembly Hall, is believed to be built by Chinese merchants of the Fujian Province.
In this afternoon, you will have an experienced tour of the Lifestart community which is a non-profit charity organization. Especially, you will learn life skills through handicraft. The mission of this tour directly supports disadvantaged of members in the community. At the end of the session, you will be able to keep your own handmade card as a souvenir. Or, you can buy the handicraft souvenirs for your family and friends. Hoian traditional lanterns are very famous and attractive foreigners by the beautiful charm of houses and streets.
Therefore, you will grace the culture of this small town and enjoy the traditional foods. You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before coming back to your country.
Otherwise, if you want to have more experience on the trip, you should rent a bicycle is an excellent way to get around as it’s cheap and easy to park. Coming here, you should taste many traditional foods such as chicken rice, Cao Lau, bread, pancake, tea and so on. The national dish and a daily staple are Pho Soup; a watery mixture of chicken or beef broth combined with ginger, spices, and sliced meat. And you shouldn’t miss Cau Lau in Hoian, which made by the rice has been soaked in water from a special, with lye sourced from local tree ash. There are fresh juices found all over Vietnam, young coconuts that will cost you less than a dollar and an entire assortment of herbs, spices, and condiments.
Visiting My Son Sanctuary on the fourth day
You should book a tour to My Son Sanctuary, which is one of the most sacred places in Vietnam. As a result, your tour guide will talk to you the historical stories of My Son Sanctuary. Vietnam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa is My Son Sanctuary. Recognized as a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, My Son is an attractive destination for both of domestic and international tourists to visit and learn about the culture and history of Champa Ancient Kingdom. It includes many Champa temples surrounded by two mountain ranges. This place was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Actually, it has been destroyed for a long time, you still see many majestic ancients of temples in the area.
Continue the Central Vietnam packages 2018, you go to Cua Dai beach for some sun and sand. You just spent hours lying on the sandy beach, listening to the sea breeze and the sound of waves or playing the favorite sports, creating a private space by drawing in the sand, building and towers. There will also be time for seafood specialties in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine.
Then you will come to Danang city and enjoy the beautiful views on here.
Transferring from Hoian to Da Nang city
Danang is one of the cultural and educational centers of Vietnam which is located along Han River.
In the evening, one of the most popular activities is walking to Dragon Bridge which is a special bridge in Danang. However, to grace the particular you should come to there before 9:00 p.m. Dragon bridge is built over the Han River. Fire-breathing in 2 minutes and water breathing in 3 minutes are breath from the dragon on the bridge. It is very attractive for the sight of foreigners.
In the morning, My Khe is worldwide known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world which are always welcome you with all harmonious facilities supplied for tourism. It is convenience in the swimming or and some activities like diving, water-skiing, diving, and race activities. It is time for you to sunbathing under the sunny, nice wave, cool water, and fresh air. Moreover, you approach the life of local by seeing the fishermen do their work. Besides, you should try many special kinds of seafood like shrimp, crab, squid, and abalone.
You should spend free time on the relax before coming to the airport. For a long experienced year in traveling field, the plan for this trip is hot Central Vietnam packages 2018.
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Sapa is the famous destination in the trekking tours in Northern Vietnam so you should come here to have more experience in your life. Actually, tourists will be impressed by breathless beauties of this land and the colorful culture of the ethnic group there. Additionally, you completely admire a beautiful valley where you feel ever closer to nature when the wind brings clouds to your dining table. Particularly coming to Sapa without trying the best things to do in Sapa Vietnam, you will never have the perfect holiday in 2018 on your trip to Vietnam.
Trekking several famous villages
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village is located near the bottom of the deep valley right at the foot of Fansipan Peak and situated in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town. Cat Cat is the old village of ethnic groups which attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices. This is a village of Black H’mong people where you can discover many interesting facts about their daily life as well as culture and architecture. Next, coming here you can buy several traditional handicrafts right from the craftsmen such as twisting flax and weaving fabric. This village is the perfect place to see traditional clothing being made, hemp being dyed and women weaving.
Shin Chai Village
Another village in Sapa you shouldn’t miss is Shin Chai village where you approach after keeping the walk on the road to pass 2047 meters. The trip will stop at the pass for you to breathe the mountain air while viewing the mountains and forests below. The Red Dao ethnic group live in this village, they wear the beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive an enormous red turban and the silver jeweler so it is an attractive point. After that, you should take a walk around an ethnic minority village and interact with the local people, the very special thing is that all the kids in the village will be your companions during the adventure as you will fall in love with them. They will be around all the time, singing, dancing or anything to make you smile. Moreover, you can teach them songs, poems that you used to love when you were a child.
Lao Chai – Ta Van village
You continuously explore Lao Chai – Ta Van where you can grace the life of ethnic minorities, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Coming to this village you know how they make their traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… During the time in Ta Van village, you are recommended to taste some special dishes of ethnic Giay such as roast fish, horse meat, sticky rice, enjoy festivals, folk games: Nao Cong, Roong Pooc…or participate in tours of the village. Of course, the biggest valley which you shouldn’t miss as it offers to the awesome landscape of the golden rice terrace field in Vietnam. Continuously, coming to Ta Van which is a small group of Dzay people in Northern Vietnam, they still keep a rich and traditional culture.
Admire Terraced Rice Fields in Sapa
One of the best things to do in Sapa Vietnam is admiring terraced rice fields from above. Because, Sapa is famous for romantic beauty with the stretching rice terraces on the hillsides, which is considered as one of the best beautiful landscapes in the area. After catching up the stopping place, you can relax and gaze the peaceful moments.
Next, Muong Hoa is known as the largest farmland for rice growing in SaPa, which is one of the most famous places for breathtaking scenery. Following the road beside Muong Hoa River, you will approach to Muong Hoa Valley which is located between two high limes of mountain running in the parallel south-east of Sapa town. In May, Muong Hoa valley is blooming with lots of colorful flowers in a wide range of various beauties. Muong Hoa valley is the largest farmland for rice growing in Sapa.
Discover Markets in Sapa
Visiting Sapa, you shouldn’t miss local markets, which express cultural distinction of the ethnic minorities here. There are some popular markets such as Coc Ly, Bac Ha, Can Cau…. Definitely, almost the ethnic groups participate in the market for trading activities of diversified goods such as brocade, jewelry, weaving products, etc of hill tribes in the mountain area. You have a chance to see the locals in their colorful traditional dress. All of them make Sapa as one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. For example, Bac Ha Market is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam, which holds in every Sunday. Additionally, you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come to buy and exchange the necessary goods and livestock, to renew friendships.
Conquer Fansipan Mountain
Sapa owns the stunning mountains, thus trekking in Sapa will be an ideal activity in this area for someone who wants to take a challenge on the adventure tour. Fansipan is called as “the Roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m, the highest peak of the Indochina. These activities will give you the feel of challenging and winning, especially when you are at the peak. For distance, reach about 2800 meters, you have a proud of time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations. After, you also trek up to 600 steps and reach the peak of Fansipan – the Roof of Indochina.
Get Experience at Homestay in Sapa
It is believed that homestay is a great experience in the trip if you would like to have fantastic experiences to discover customs, traditions, and practices of some ethnic minorities in Sapa. This is also a chance to share some interesting stories with the host family, and enjoy special foods. You will enjoy the meals with the whole family. Secondly, everyone in the family can talk and discuss the experiences of the day. They show tourists some photos of other travelers from around the world who visited them. And you can keep the memories by some pictures of the hosts, photos are really interesting. This evening ends slowly and we drink a rice wine, they drink the rice wine almost every day. The hosts are very friendly; they share the stories in the diary life. Especially, you saw how people live in absolute poverty without a large income. You know that the life of these people is difficult, it seems to you that they are satisfied with this.
Try the taste traditional foods in Sapa
This is a famous rice dish of the ethnic minority people in the Northwest of Vietnam cooked by sticky rice and grilled in the bamboo tubes. Sticky rice is put in a bamboo pipe and added some water. The bamboo chosen should be fresh and young. To get a more delicious taste, local people usually use natural materials like stream water and some salt. When it is done, the singed skin of the bamboo is removed, leaving a thin cover that is also peeled away when you eat.
Seven-color sticky rice (Xoi Bay Mau)
Xoi Bay Mau is a traditional food of Nung people in Muong Khuong District. The seven colors include pink, light red, dark red, indigo, yellow-green, green and yellow. The colors of sticky rice are made of different kinds of materials in the forest. Thus, the local people believe that eating the seven-color sticky rice on special and important occasions will bring good luck.
Thang Co is the traditional food of Hmong people and it has been cooked for hundreds of years. Thang Co is a type of soup which is made of the meat of horse that is one of the popular meets. In the first time, you can feel difficult to eat because of its strange taste but that feeling will be blown away once you taste it. For experience cooking, to the complete this traditional food, it does not only require so much time but also the skill of cooks. The locals stew horsemeat with these 12 spices in a big pot within a couple of hours. The local people make the soup from the fresh vegetable and a special red hot pepper name Muong Khuong.
Cap Nach pork
The small pig’s weight is less than 10kg so that people can put into the baskets, even put in the armpits. Self-feeding on steep slopes and struggling with cold weather throughout the whole year have made this type of pig’s meat more shriveled. There are many favorite traditional dishes processed from this pig. Its meat can be steamed, boiled, baked, stewed, and the taste is very delicious.
Tao Meo wine
Another of the best things to do in Sapa Vietnam is trying once Tao Meo wine which is made by H’moong people. It is made from fruits of Tao Meo fruit which is picked from tree grows naturally on Mountain. From August to October, it is harvested so you can buy the fresh Tao Meo fruit. Therefore, it is fragrant by nature. If you are a person like the natural wine, it is a great chance for your trying. Tao Meo wine comes perfect with unbelievably good brook fish.
Up until now, I have traveled by Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa several times, so I am confident to say that I have gained some valuable experience regarding this subject. Today, I am happy to share with you what I have known, in order to help your preparation become shorter and more effective.
First, it is a fact that traveling by Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa is much safer compared to reaching Sapa by car, bus or motorbike. However, there are 2 main drawbacks if you choose to train as your main means of transportation. Firstly, it takes a longer time than going by automobile. Because of a new highway from Hanoi to Laocai, the length of time from the capital to Sapa is only 3 hours and 45 minutes, while passengers spend from 6 to 8 hours on traveling by train. On top of that, the train station is in Laocai province. As a result, in order to reach Sapa, you need to take grab bike (taxi motorbike), bus, taxi or other means of transport to travel 30 to 40 km farther. The journey might need more transits and moving, which makes it more tiring.
However, traveling by Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa still has many advantages, and the choice depends on you and your specific situations. Here are some tips for your trip by train to be more comfortable and convenient.
When to buy your tickets for Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa
If you go in a tourist season such as such as weekends, The solar new year, the 2nd of September (Independent day), just name a few; it is recommended that the tickets should be bought 1 month in advance. On normal days, you can book tickets around from 2 to 3 days in advance, which is still Ok.
Where to buy your tickets for Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa
If you do not want to book through agents, you just need to go to Hanoi train station, Tran Quy Cap gate as it is the place where they sell all tickets traveling to Northern Provinces. Usually, even 7.00 or 8.00 pm, you go to the station, you still can purchase some hard seat and soft seat tickets. The soft berth tickets are often sold out.
What type of tickets we should buy for Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa
Truthfully speaking, going to Sapa on a hard seat, or even soft seat is very exhausting. You almost can’t sleep, your legs will be in pain as you can’t stretch them comfortably. You also have to hire a blanket (around 30 thousand VND) to be less cold.
So in short, in my opinion, to reach Sapa, the soft berth is the best option. The price ranges are different for different types of berths and different sorts of cabins. If your berth is in a cabin with 6 berths, my advice is to buy the lowest one. Though it might be slightly more expensive, you will feel much more comfortable. I bought the highest one once, and swear that I will never purchase it one more time because the room is too small and stuffy.
If your trip is not on a budget, you might consider luxurious train service. For more information, you can check other article named “Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa”, which has already mentioned this topic.
Types of Vietnam train from Hanoi to Sapa
We would like to introduce some common train types from Hanoi to Sapa. The decision about which train you should get on will be yours.
Fast trains include from SP1 to SP8.
This is the fastest train from Hanoi to Sapa, with the fewest train stops.
Departing from Hanoi at 09:10 pm and arriving at Laocai at around 5:25 am.
Length of traveling: roughly 8 hours
The price does not include food cost for SP1 and SP2.
The specific price will depend on the type of berth or seat you choose and which day you go, so please check with the train ticket box office at the train station or its official website.
Slow trains include LC1, LC2, LC3, LC4
Length of traveling: roughly 9 hours
Usually, the LC4 is the lowest one.
In peak period, there are some addition trains named LC5 to LC 10. Their price and speed will be updated by the train station.
Some tips while in train
Food in trains such as instant noodle and porridge. You can bring your own food to make sure that you eat well.
There is a separate toilet in each carriage. When the train stops, the toilet will be automatically closed, you can go toilet in the train station.
You can move freely on a train, as long as you do not interfere other passengers.
You should bring along some warm clothes as it might be slightly colder in Sapa compared to Hanoi.
For tourist whose budget is not too tight
As mentioned above, the length of travel from Hanoi to Sapa is quite long, approximately from 6 to 9 hours depending on the train type. As a result, even taking the soft berth, it might be exhausting for people who do not get used to the training environment. To tackle this problem, many corporations including state-own ones to private ones have opened the luxurious train services. The Livitran and Victoria train services are the two most common and reliable ones. However, the prices are quite high as their facilities are similar to 4-star hotels on land. You can read more information regarding 2 types of this train services in this link. For now, we would like to introduce 2 other train services which are Train Oriental
Express and Chapa Express Train.
They have provided basic amenities like the ones in Victoria such as reading light, mineral water, electricity socket. Their prices are quite similar. The prices are also double for VIP 2 berths in both kinds of train services.
Train Oriental Express: Departure from Hanoi at 9.35 pm and arrive at Laocai at 5:35 am.
Chapa Express Train: Departure from Hanoi at 10:00 pm and arrive at Laocai at 6: 05 am.
In addition, because the arriving time is quite early, I suggest that you should book the hotel in advance and ask them to drive you to their hotels. In this case, you can share your cost with other visitors who stay in the same hotel as yours.
Traveling to Sapa by train might add more colors in your trip, as you can have a chance to peacefully enjoy the mountainous scenery outside. That is what I like most about traveling by train. Imagine that you are sitting in your seat or berth, sipping your cup of tea or coffee and enjoying your favorite book, is it a wonderful moment to have.
Once again, we wish you a great time in Sapa specifically and in Vietnam generally. We hope that this article might be helpful in some ways. If you wonder what to do, where to go and what to visit in Sapa, there are also other articles mentioning these topics on our website. Anyway, wherever you go, I bet that you and your traveling buddy will have a whale of a time and create unforgettable memories together. Again, we wish you have a wonderful year, filled with wonderful trips by meeting wonderful people and traveling to wonderful places. Thanks for reading.
Cambodia and Vietnam may boast uniquely fascinating cultures, but experiencing both of these incredible countries in a single journey highlights the natural beauty and cultural charm they share. Greatly, this is an opportunity for you explore the diversity of this stunning corner of Southeast Asia. For long experienced years, Travel Sense Asia’s expertly-crafted itineraries are designed to feature the highlights of both countries while offering personalized opportunities to experience what makes each unique. Of course, Travel Sense Asia completely provide a journey through Vietnam and Cambodia Packages that matches your preferred travel period, touring needs and budget. Spending 10 days on traveling to Southern Vietnam and almost places in Cambodia country, it ensures that you will have a great trip.
One of the most important ideas you need to recognize when traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia is building a clear plan. Firstly, you can book the confidential tour, which helps tourists experience on the trip. They will give you the clear schedule with both of time and destinations so it is easy to arrange your job. Next, you also spend some minutes to check the weather forecast before coming to two countries as you can set the plan what to visit the destinations.
Of course, a trip needs to be prepared very well with necessary items such as luggage, visa, devices, cash,… And because you usually move anywhere so you must keep these carefully.
On the first day, visit Saigon
One of the first destinations in the trip is Ho Chi Minh city. You will discover the story of Saigon, from a city of conflict to a modern metropolis on this fascinating half-day tour.
Start with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. See the war room, the banquet hall and the presidential office with the unusual gifts which have been received. War Remnants Museum is the best exhibition as it is displayed many memory items such as bombs, tanks, planes and war machinery, which can be found in the courtyard. The museum has a very pro-communist, down-with-the-capitalist-pigs bend to it. It’s as much propaganda as it is history.
The next place in Saigon is the Central Post Office which is designed and constructed by the French construction. Nearly the post office, you can walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This church is an iconic Saigon landmark built in neo-Romanesque style by the French between 1863 and 1880. One suggestion for you in the late of the afternoon is joining the show in Saigon Opera House. From a bomb shelter to housing the parliamentary Lower House, the Opera House has had an interesting history.
On the second day, move to Cu Chi tunnel
The tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and move to Cu Chi which located 60 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for Original tunnels system and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
Besides, you can grace the beautiful view of rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming alongside the road. However, travelers maybe find it quite hard to imagine the destructions, damage all over the area because of bombing and mines, When Cu Chi was” A Free Target Zone “. One more time, visitors can fancy the show of war when seeing the memory tools.
On the third day, depart to Can Tho
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and move to Ben Tre approximately two hours, and a gateway to the delta. The most famous transportation in here is a small boat, so you can use the one to start your sightseeing around the waterways of Mekong Delta.
Next, the tour can visit the brick factory and board a small boat and meander through the canals and waterways. The stopping place is a small homemade coconut to see how coconuts have been produced, and woven mats that are later sold in the market. From there, you should come to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea. This is special food in here. At this time, you also walk around quiet villages and watch the life of rural people in Mekong Delta. It is a chance to learn that those people can amazingly make dozens of useful products out of coconut trees.
On the fourth day, move to Chau Doc
Continuously, you should to wake up early and take a boat to the Cai Rang market. Coming here you will see the hustle and bustle of a floating market. From a boat, you can grace the background of vendors display their wares from boats teeming with produce and buy a coffee from one of the floating cafes. The vendors can exchange the goods. For example, they usually change the fruit to rice or daily tools. Especially, you can buy particular items such as fruit, daily tools, traditional foods,…It is believed that the price of these is quite cheap. After that, one recommendation for you is walking around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Then you proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su. Let’s take a small boat to approach the wild birds Sanctuary to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest and watch storks, cranes and other tropical birds.
Then, you drive approximately three hours to the township of Chau Doc, a colorful and sleepy town near the Vietnam-Cambodia border.
On the fifth day, catch up Phnom Penh by boat
Once considered the most attractive of the cities that the French constructed in Indochina, the city is today recovering from its turbulent past. On the fifth day, you will embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh. Upon arrival Siem Reap, meet your guide at Borei Seang Nam station and transfer to check in at the hotel for refreshment.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archaeological Park which is roughly 7 kilometers away. However, the town itself is worth exploring with day and night markets, Khmer massage and spa treatments, a variety of great cafes and restaurants, and even fish massage!
This afternoon, let’s try one time moving by “Tuk Tuk” to visit the Angkor National Museum, learn about “the Legend Revealed” and see how the Khmer Empire has been established during the golden period. Continue to Preah Ang Check – Preah Ang Chom, the secret place where local people go praying for good luck or a safe journey. Next, in the dinner, you enjoy buffet dinner with Khmer Traditional Dance Show at Amazon or Kulen II restaurant. Relax as you prepare for your much-anticipated visit to Angkor tomorrow.
On the sixth day, transfer to Siem Reap
One of the important destinations in Vietnam and Cambodia packages is South Gate of Angkor Thom. It is known as the gods of the good and evil line the entrance. The temple of Ta Prohm was once used as a location to film the famous Hollywood film, Tomb Raider. Angkor Thom is famous for 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Enclosure, and the Elephants Terrace. Begin tour to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, start from the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple. Afternoon, you explore Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Last but not least, you view a wonderful sunset from Angkor Wat or somewhere possible.
On the last day, visit Tonle Sap
You will enjoy a quintessential river excursion through the region’s floating villages, where you will get a glimpse of the local lifestyles on the Tonle Sap River. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Towards the end of the day, you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake, which is Cambodia’s largest. Chong Khneas is the name of the famous floating village at the edge of the lake. It locates at the Southern part of Siem Reap town about 15 Km and takes only 30 minutes by vehicles to the boat dock where there are always boats waiting for visitors. The boat trip through the floating village takes approximately two hours. On the Vietnam and Cambodia packages, you can explore the different culture of Khmer, Muslim, and Vietnamese in the floating households and floating markets and something.
You will experience both of these incredible countries in Indochina in a memorable journey highlights the natural beauty and the uniquely fascinating cultures. Let’s talk to us several troubles, we are willing to advise some tips for travelers.
As many people have noticed, Vietnam is divided into 3 main regions, the North, the Middle and the South. Each area has its own attractions; and the article today will show you what to do in Hanoi, which belongs to the series on the topic called “What to do in the North of Vietnam”. I hope this one will give you some useful information, which offers a significant help when you plan your next holiday vacation.
First, let me ask you a question! Why should we visit Hanoi? Even though I had stayed there since I was born, this question also gave me food for thought when I heard it the first time. To be honest, my mind went blank at that moment. However, now when I have dug into this city’s history and culture, I can absolutely tell you dozens of reasons why you should go there, what to in there. Not only because it is a capital of this S-shaped country for thousand years, but also because it embraces in its heart many hidden beauties. This will be the biggest regret of mine if I could not introduce them to you.
The first one in the list of “What to do in the North of Vietnam” _Numerous historical places
As I mentioned above, this land has been the center of Vietnam for thousand years. Since 1010, when the first king of Ly dynasty saw a flying dragon from Hanoi, it has been the heart of our country no matter what house reigned the country, no matter how many civil wars happened, no matter how many years invaders came in. Yes, come rain or shine, Hanoi is our capital. Therefore, it is not surprising that every corner of the old Hanoi has its own story. And if you take time to dig into it, many historical lessons will be learned from those historic places and events.
Let me tell you a story of a road, its name is Kham Thien. Around fifty years ago, in America war, bomb rained down on this besieged city, especially this road. People got used to the violence of war, so no one cared even if many people died. My grandmother said that she walked through corpses of corpses to go to the stadium. If few years before, a match would only be rained off, at that time even a bomb rain could not stop it. Because people were eager to live, to not waste any minute of their life. I asked her if she thought it was too cruel when people did not feel the pain when others died. She just gently smiled and said: “The biggest and most meaningful things we could do to the dead is to live our lives to the fullest.” Because of my age, I could not understand what she told me at that time, I still felt very sad for them, the ones I had not met. Now, after few years having many ups and downs, I truly appreciate what she said; so my friends, please remember that timeless piece of wisdom: “Always live at the moment as it is a gift of life”. Hopefully, by seeing those historical places, you can have your own beneficial lessons, which you would love to tell others.
Besides those meaningful lessons, another reason to visit Hanoi is that these historical places are very beautiful as well. If architecture is the love of your life, or in other words your cup of tea, you might love to explore more about those places. One of the most striking examples is The One Pillar Pagoda which was built during the Lee Dynasty. The Design of a pagoda shows the height of Vietnamese architecture in the past. By examining the structure of this Pagoda we can know more about Vietnamese political and economic situation at that time. In fact, its shape was inspired by a lotus. As many people have known, the lotus is the flower symbol of not only Vietnam but also Buddhism. Especially in Ly dynasty, the king adored this religion, the monks were highly respected, many pagodas were built at that time. Two of the ancient Vietnamese national things which were related to Buddhism were made in that period. Unfortunately, because of many unstable political situations in the past, those invaluable and priceless objects have lost. In spite of the fact that government has spent thousands of dollars on discovering and finding those historical items, even if they are found, some of them have deteriorated too much to be recovered. Therefore, it is very important to study what has been preserved, this pagoda is one of them. As a result, in my opinion, visiting those places is a must-do activity when you visit the city of the North, Hanoi. Hopefully, you will agree with me after paying them a visit.
By looking into the history and its landmarks, we can find some solutions to current problems. For example, the first detention center was established long ago. In the past, it was used to hold the young from noble families, as a form of hostages to make sure their loyalty. However, the ruthless and cruel kings were still to be taken over. Another example was constructed in the early 19th century, the old building in Hoa Lo Street, Hoa Lo Prison, a tourist attraction nowadays. It used to keep patriots who fought against the French government at that time. My teachers said that the ground where we were standing buried a lot of blood and sweat; therefore, we had to study hard to protect the land they had devoted their lives to keep. These landmarks are always reminding us the importance of independence and how hopeless violence is. The true leadership does not come from fear but from love, and the government from all over the world should be told those stories about those places. Hopefully, when putting those places on the list of “What to do in the North of Vietnam”, you can understand more about our history and what has made us today.
Local customs and traditions
Because of a long history as a capital, Hanoi has acquired in his heart the essence of the whole country. You can take cuisine as an example. Since the king and almost all of the noble families lived there, all delicious dishes which were made by the most talented chefs and made from the freshest ingredients have gathered there. Simply, everyone wanted to please people from the highest social class in exchange for wealth, prosperity, fame and stability. Thanks for their effort, Hanoian inherited one of the most sophisticated cuisines in Vietnam, besides Hue, the capital of the last dynasty.
Therefore, one of the most interesting things to do in Vietnam is to enjoy its street food. If in the past, only the rich could afford to eat those dishes, we, ordinary people can enjoy those amazing creations at a very reasonable cost. In fact, compared to many countries, the food expense there is significantly cheaper. A decent bowl of pho can be purchased for just 2 dollars. Sound good! Hopefully, you will see eye to eye with me after trying some food there. In order to enjoy them, you just need to walk around The Old Quarter. In fact, you can find some tasty things to eat there from dawn to dusk, the problem is just whether you are able to try all of them.
In order to help you a more detailed guide about what to do in the North of Vietnam, especially Hanoi, we will send you another article. Because truly we cannot compact everything in just one note. The art of Vietnamese cuisine is too wide. I hope that the information in this article might interest you and give you some useful information for your upcoming trip. And of course, wish you a happy new year and a great time ahead.
Sapa has been on the must-do list when visiting North Vietnam for a long time. Many people go there because of its unique cultures and tradition. Here is the list of the best places to stay in Sapa Vietnam in order to help you totally relax after having a whale of a time exploring the surrounding environment. Since we deeply understand that choosing a nice hotel to stay is critical to making your trip more perfect. Hopefully, this article can help.
The first candidate in the list of the best places to stay in Sapa Vietnam
Its name is Sapa Amazing Hotel, which is classified as 4-star resort with all necessary service. Located in the central of this romantic town and conveniently built within the reach of Sapa’s shopping, restaurants and historical attractions, the Amazing Hotel Sapa has delicate style, spacious rooms, and most significantly, smooth sensible service and personalised enjoyment, making it a perfect mountain retreat for business visitors and leisure travelers as well.
This luxurious and stylish hotel includes more than 80 rooms and suites with an impressive view of Mount Fansipan and terraced rice fields. State-of-the-art and elegant, this place provides contemporary rooms with home comforts, heated indoor swimming pool, free wireless internet access, a fitness center, exquisite restaurant and bar, beauty and spa services, and a fine range of banqueting and meeting venue to cater to every need and occasion.
You want to enjoy the mountainous scenery from your room. Easy, as there are more than 8o rooms and suites with impressive views of the surrounding mountains and terraced rice fields.
You want to absolutely be independent and make your own cup of tea. Easy as well, since there are in-room features catering for the demands of both Vietnamese and foreign business and leisure travelers
You want to have successful deals with your business partner there. You want to throw a romantic wedding in this beautiful town. Easy, as there are some cutting-edge meeting rooms and event venue.
You want to enjoy delicious meals in professional places. Easy, as there are a very beautiful and delicate restaurant and bar with a variety of meal options for any leisure and business situation.
You want to hit the gym to keep your body in shape and not break your healthy routines. Easy, as there are the most modern entertainment facilities composing heated indoor swimming pool; well-equipped fitness center or calm and peaceful spa.
But the most beautiful quality of this hotel is not its exquisite service. Can you guess what makes it become one of the best places to stay in Sapa Vietnam? To me, it is the hospitality and professionalism of the staffs and the owner. I still remember that night, when I was preparing for an important event on the day after, an unfortunate accident occurred. The main agent who was in charge of flower arrangement could not bring the needed flowers on that day as promised. We could not blame them as well since they lost almost all of their stock due to an accidental fire. Poor them, poor us. Though we did not depend on them totally, the broken contract at the last minute really did affect us. Because we were new there, it was hard for us to immediately find another supplier. Thanks to the manager of Sapa Amazing Hotel, he had used all of his connections to help us get over the worst. In fact, the new agent was even better the previous one. I really appreciated their effort and dedication. I bet that with all enthusiasm, they will serve you as well as they served us, maybe you can have an even better experience there.
The second candidate in the list of the best places to stay in Sapa Vietnam
If you are on a budget, Sapa Diamond Hotel is a good option for you, as it also provides all necessary amenities but with cheaper price.
They also have various ranges of rooms, from a deluxe to a suite, for both single travelers and families. They also own a restaurant and spa inside the hotel as well. Though they do not provide meeting rooms or fitness center or heated swimming pool like the 4 or 5-star ones, it still meets your basic demands.
By the way, Sapa Diamond Hotel is near Sapa market, where the locals gather there for trading products and news. You can reach there in few steps, and I bet that you will make many meaningful memories there while exploring the local cultures. The markets are colorful, held once per week. There are 2 main markets, namely Bac Ha market and Coc Ly market. The Bac Ha one is organized every Sunday while the Coc Ly one is held on Tuesday every week. Therefore, anytime you visit Sapa, whether it is on the weekend or on the weekdays, you are able to find something interesting to do.
Sapa Diamond Hotel also helps tourists enjoy Sapa specialties in a safe way as well. In spite of the fact that the grilled food there is very delicious, some of you might need a lot of time to get used to it. Especially some picky eaters with a sensitive stomach, it is hard for them to get used to new dishes immediately. However, do not worry. Even the most difficult eaters will be satisfied with the food served by Sapa Diamond Hotel’s restaurant. The cook there has been trained to understand the differences between Western cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine, so he is able to create a dish which is a perfect combination of 2 food cultures. For example, in many Vietnamese dishes, there are a lot of spices and sauces, which can be attractive for some, but irritating for others. Depending on your requirements, the cook at Sapa Diamond Hotel’s restaurant will moderate the amount of spice, in order to make sure that eaters can have the most wonderful experience. That is what I love the most about this hotel. Because I am a food lover, so the quality of dining meals is very important to me, especially after an arduous journey or a significant business meeting. I really need some good food to push me up and recharge my battery. I think it is true for many other people. I hope that you guy will receive the best service as I do.
In terms of the best places to stay in Sapa Vietnam, there are many hotels, homestays, and motels which are also very nice. Depending on your budget and your specific requirements, we might provide you more options. In fact, according to a recent survey, there is a resort and spa named Vitoria Resort and Spa. It is considered to be the best place to stay in Sapa by many tourists. It has all the facilities mentioned in paragraph 1. On top of that, it also has other valuable additional services such as Victoria Kid Club, babysitting service. And the most impressive one is Victoria Sapa homestay. You can live in a traditional wooden house with local people. Please imagine that you wake up in the middle of a terraced rice field, listening to local birds, and take a deep breath of fresh air there. You can also be served delicious homemade food, and observe how local people here live for thousand years closely. For further information, you can read other article named “the best place to stay in Sapa”, which can provide you more details.
In short, no matter where you live, I bet that you can have many fond memories here with your friends and families since Sapa has been a well-known destination in Vietnam for its distinctive and rich culture. I hope that your days in Sapa and other regions in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Hue, Sai Gon, Da Nang will be wonderful. Thank you for reading.