Where To Go In Sapa Vietnam

On Holidays, it will be great to visit Sapa if you are in Vietnam. Within my experience, here are some advices about where you should go in Sapa, Vietnam.

  1. Heaven Gate

Going to Sapa, you can’t help go to see Heaven Gate from where you can see one of the most beautiful scenes of mountains sitting together in Sapa.

One more thing which makes Heaven Gate so attractive to tourists is the path to Heaven Gate. It’s long, wild, bendy, embraces and through the mountains. The name of path is Tram Ton within great Hoang Lien Son Mount. Heaven Gate is at the top of this path. Also at this place, you will feel greatness of Phan Si Pan peak which hides within clouds and sits next to gulfs.

  1. Love Market

Even those who haven’t been to Sapa hear about Love Market because of its fame goes over the border of Vietnam. This is the place you must come to experience one of the most interesting pieces of Vietnamese culture.

Love Market is the place local youths come and find their partners in a very quick way.

  1. Sapa Old Church

In the middle of Sapa a big church stands. It was built with stones in 1895. It’s one of the most preserved French architecture and now become a symbol of Sapa, the town of mist.

  1. Cat Cat village

This is one of the oldest villages of Mong people which tourists all over the world love very much because of beautiful craft. Today, this village becomes a popular place for all tourists.

  1. Silver Fall

Silver Fall is one of the most famous sight-seeing places in Sapa. It stands on the height of 200m and includes many different nice places. It is in San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai province. This fall is right next to 4D highway, on the way to Lai Chau province and just about 12km from Sapa in the west.

Advices for people visiting Ha Long – Vietnam

Are you very excited about your trip to Ha Long in the near future? You may be confused of what needs to be prepared for the trip. So, in this article, I will answer to the most-asked questions from travelers to Ha Long, a world nature heritage.

  1. When to visit Ha Long

Ha Long bay is part of Northern Gulf, where there are 4 different seasons and you should remember that Winter here is really cold (from November to the next March) and Summer is very hot (from April to October)

Differences of 4 seasons of Ha Long are themselves what attract visitors. Vietnamese usually visit Ha Long in summer, but Winter of Ha Long attracts foreigners more.

In summer, there are many activities for visitors and there are several periods of time you should pay a visit to Ha Long such as March to May or August to October. By the way, you shouldn’t go to Ha Long from June to July because of some following reasons:

–          Too many people go there on weekends in June and July and the services are extremely expensive too.

–          In June and July, there are usually many storms coming in Ha Long.

–          If you only have June and July to visit Ha Long, find a reliable agency to help make a plan. They will instruct you to keep out of troubles at that time.

  1. Luggage to prepare

Ha Long beaches in summer has a lot of sun light and temperature is very high. It may hurt sensitive skin. So, if you would like to keep your skin the same after the holiday, remember to bring suntan scream with you (suntan scream of SPF > 30)

If you usually take care of yourself very carefully, take your own shampoo, soap… with you because the things in hotels may not be high quality.

If you would like sightseeing and walking, take big sun glasses and big hat with you to prevent the sun light of Ha Long summer.

To exploring the whole Ha Long carefully, you should wear a pair of soft sandals because there are many places you have to walk to explore them.

Swimming suits are sure to be with you because you can’t help swim when traveling to Ha Long. Life buoys and life coats are very necessary to children and those who are not good at swimming.

The last thing which is very important too is a good camera. You will want to keep moments and beautiful sights in Ha Long.

  1. Schedule and means of transport

You can choose your own schedule and means of transport which are most suitable to you. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can catch a train to Hanoi, then a bus to Ha Long. Or you can catch a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong City, and then to Ha Long. With this way, you can save a lot of money. If you don’t have much time, you can take a flight to Hanoi or Hai Phong, and then take a bus to Ha Long.

Ha Long is about 170 Km from Hanoi so it will take about 3 or 4 hours to go there from Hanoi by bus. You can take a bus of Hoang Long Express at Kim Ma station in Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. There is a bus every 15 minutes. You can also take a bus at Yen Vien station at 4:55 every day.

Bus fare from Hanoi to Ha Long is about 100,000 VND ($5). The bus will stop at Ha Long station and if you would like to go to Bai Chay, you can take a motor-taxi for 30,000 VND ($1.5) for one person and 60,000 VND ($3) for each to Hon Gai. You should call a taxi if your group has more than 3 people. Or you can catch a bus for 10,000 VND for each person.

  1. Hotels in Ha Long

There are many hotels of 3 and 4 stars for you to book. One room in a 3-star Hotel is about 600,000 VND ($28)/day. The price for weekends is higher because a lot of visitors will come there. You can choose a motel room to stay for 300,000 VND ($15)/day.

Here are some hotels you can stay: Ha Lon Plaza (08 Ha Long Street), Ha Long Dream (10 Ha Long Street), Mithrin (Hung Thang Street), Ha Long Pearl (Bai Chay), Ha Long Bay (Ha Long Street), Bach Dang (02 Ha Long Street), Cong Doan Bai Chay (Ha Long Street), Moon Light (Hung Thang Street…)

  1. Boats

Night tours are now very popular, which gives you a very special feeling with many activities such as watching sunrise and sunset from the boat desk, rowing Kayak, swimming in the gulf, singing karaoke, catching octopuses at night…

Night tours usually last 2 days and 1 night or 3 days and 2 nights. There are 3-star boats like Spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Ha Long Sails, Oriental Sails, and Glory… The price for 2-day boat tour is from 3,500,000 VND ($150), including transportation between Hanoi and Ha Long, 3 meals, sight-seeing tickets… You can choose 4 and 5-star boats like Au Co Boat, Bhaya, Emeraudde, Paradise, Star light… You can contact tour agencies for the best prices. There are usually promotions for tourists from boats.

  1. Cuisine

There are a lot of restaurants of different grades in Ha Long. Here are some names: Mithrin (Hung Thang Street, Bai Chay), Panorama (168 Ha Long Street, Bai Chay), Son Ca (98 Ben Tau) Bien Xanh (08 Le Thanh Tong), Hai Ninh (zone 3, Vuon Dao), Thien Ly (Ly Thuong Kiet, Cua Ong)… If you would like sea food in Ha Long, you can visit some restaurants such as Sea Food Restaurant (Ha Long Street), Thu Huong (Ha Long Street)…

  1. Transportation

For city transportation, you can use a taxi from one of these services: Taxi 886 (033 886 886), Ha Long (033 62 62 62), Hon Gai (033 84 84 84), Mai Linh (033 628 628)… To watch the bay, you can take a boat at the harbor. Here are some numbers you can call: Bai Chay Boats (033 846 592), Ha Long Boats (033 847 481), Hai Duong company (033 845 042), Ha Long Service Center (033 844 631), Hai Au company (033 824 779)

Beside Night tours, you can hire a boat to visit the bay. The price depends on time and kind of boat. If your group has over 10 people, you should hire a small boat for privacy and comfort but take care of your belongings because some crew are not good. One member of your group should keep an open eye on the group’s luggage all the time. If you go alone, you should ask the hotel receptionist for help. You can choose the duration of the bay boat tour of 6 or 4 hours.

  1. Relaxation

The bay tour will take you to visit the bay, caves, islands and beaches. The number of places depends on the kind of tour. You should choose the tour of the morning to avoid sun. Old people shouldn’t choose the long tour.

You can go to Tuan Chau Island by taxi or motor-taxi, a beautiful artificial island. It’s not far from Ha Long. You can watch many activities here such as dolphin performance, water music…

In the evening, you can take a tri-cycle or a horse carriage to drive through streets of Ha Long. Bai Chay is also one of the places you should not miss. Besides, you can have a drink in one of bars in Ha Long Street or pay a visit to the night market to look and buy hand-made craft as a souvenir for you, family or friends. The price for foreigners is different and higher so you should bargain.

  1. What to keep in mind

Be careful when buying something.

Follow the instructions and rules during any tours.

You should take your own food before the boat trip because food and drink on the boat are really expensive.

Don’t throw fillings at easy. Put them in the right place.

What to keep in mind when traveling in Hue

Hue is the former capital, a famous city of Vietnam. There are many historical places in Hue. Here are what to keep in mind if you plan to travel to Hue.

Travel & Transportation in Hue

If you are in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you can take a plan to Da Nang airport or Phu Bai airport.

Or you can choose a cheaper vehicles like buses or trains to Hue. You should spend some time to collect information at bus stations, train stations or ticket agent to get the best price.

You can go to visit Hue anytime, but summer is the best for watching sunset on rivers. If you would like to walk through places in Hue, don’t go there from October to November because of much rain.

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Hotels in Hue

Choose the hotels which are best for your travel schedule. Remember to book hotel rooms first before arriving.

If you care about price more than service quality, you may pick one of these: Citadel (Co Do), Dai Quang, Dang Quang, Dong Duong, Dong Loi.

Cuisine in Hue

Cuisine in Hue is a little too hot. If you don’t like chili, bring your favorite food with you.

There are many specialties in Hue such as Banh Beo, Nam, Loc, Hue boiled rice, Hue beef noodle… To know the addresses of good restaurants in Hue, please ask receptionists for help.

Places to visit

There are many palaces and temples for you to visit in Hue and they are usually far from the city center. You can hire motorbikes to explore Hue by yourself.

What to keep in mind when traveling in Hanoi

To have a complete trip with the best experience when traveling in Hanoi, you should have a good preparation first and have to collect information about Hanoi so that you will know how to do when something unexpected happens.

  1. Weather vs. traveling in Hanoi

In the north of Vietnam, there are four seasons. So you should keep matter of weather in mind. In summer, it’s so hot and humid. In winter, it’s so cold and dry. In spring, it’s humid all the time because of continuous rain but autumn is beautiful, usually from September to November, a good period to travel.

  1. Hotel booking vs. traveling in Hanoi

If this is your first time to Hanoi, try staying within the Old Street. Find and book a room at a hotel near the central church, Hang Ma, Hang May, Hang Hanh, Hang Trong, Hang Bong, Hang Gai… From here, you will see crowded night life of central Hanoi easily.

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If you would like peaceful place, you should stay around Ho Tay lake where it is easy for you to hire a motobike for cheap travel. Moreover, you may enjoy fresh air in Hanoi, as well as romantic sunset on Ho Tay lake which you can’t do in Ho Chi Minh city.

  1. Other things to keep in mind

Most of people share the same opinion that services in Hanoi are not so good as they are in Ho Chi Minh. So prepare yourself before bad services you may have while traveling in Hanoi. They may be:

  • Avoid shopping in the morning because you may get into troble if you don’t buy anything after asking for the price and information of the goods.
  • Checking price from different sources so that you won’t pay too much for a product or service.
  • Bring the map to know which way is the shortest to tell the moto-taxi or taxi drivers so that they won’t think of going in a circle to make you pay more. Or you may ask the hotel receptionists to help.
  • To get the best experience in pagodas or temples, don’t go there in special occations or holidays.

Don’t travel Sapa if you fail to book all necessary services first. You will have to pay much more if you go there and book a room or a train ticket. Don’t need to stay in Sapa for a long time, because there aren’t much to do there.

Honeymoon travel guide in Vietnam

Busy wedding preparation may distract you from honeymoon trip. Don’t let this happen. Honeymoon is very important. Spare enough thought for it and you will have a very beautiful time to remember for your life.

Here are some tips for you if you plan to have a honeymoon travel in Vietnam.

vietnam-honeymoon-vacationDecide the honeymoon destination with your partner. It’s good for you two to write down places and compare. A matched place is the best for you. You can choose a place where you visited before but don’t choose where you were with ex-wife of ex-husband for the previous honeymoon travel.

  • Decide how much you will pay for your honeymoon travel. Don’t be too mean or generous. Take prices from several travel agents for reference.
  • Prepare your luggage a week before the departure so that you have enough time to know what you should take or leave behind.
  • Don’t take many precious things with you in the honeymoon travel. Just engagement rings are enough.
  • Before department, make sure you have tickets, passports, visas and other important things with you and make sure your book at hotel is done and luggage is enough.
  •  If you go abroad, remember to have some money of the destination country to pay in special and urgent cases such as taxi fare. But don’t bring too much foreign money because you can change later. You should change at the banks instead of hotels for cheaper exchange fee.
  • Prepare something special for each other because this trip is for both of you and you would like to be happy together and have nice time to remember.
  • To have things go smoothly, set your watch to the local time zone and keep in mind the schedule so that you won’t be late or too soon for any action.
  • Refer to local travel guide before department such as local tradition, culture. Find out the way local people wear, time and locations to go. That is necessary for you to prepare luggage and spirit.
  • Take your family and friends’ address with you so that you can send them postcards.
  • Buy a map to know exactly where you will be and go. You may search online for sightseeing places to visit in your honeymoon trip.

What to keep in mind when traveling in Vietnam

Vietnam has become a very interesting destination for international visitors. To have a comfortable and unforgettable trip, you should know what to keep in mind when traveling in Vietnam. Knowing what you should do and what you should not do is a way to stay out of troubles everywhere, not only in Vietnam. We all know that.

Keep in mind what you should do:

  1. Always bring a full water bottle with you because heat in Vietnam can make you exhausted. If you usually drink coffee, tea and wine, you should drink more water.
  2. Before leaving your hotel, you should take the hotel visit card because it will help you come back easily.
  3. Take tissue with you and you may need it.
  4. Dressing style in Vietnam is hardly much changed. Although the style in big cities has changed to be modern, you should dress properly so that you will be friendlier to the local.
  5. You should ask your hotel to take care of precious stuff, passport, visas, and plane tickets when going out instead of leaving them in your room.
  6. Remember to taking off your shoes and sandals at the front door when entering Vietnamese’s house.
  7. Be careful to comment about somebody in a Vietnamese family picture. If he doesn’t seem to like, stop it.

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Keep in mind what you should not do:

  1. Don’t wear blouses, shorts, skirts, dresses which are too short to come in churches, temples and pagodas. These places require formal clothes.
  2. When visiting villages of ethic people, don’t give them candy, sweet food or an empty bottle. They consider that action insulted. Ask the tourist guide or the villagers about what you would like to know. Don’t try to find out yourself.
  3. Don’t lie and sit in the way your feet are pointing at an altar of a Vietnamese family. It’s a taboo in Vietnam.
  4. Don’t bring much money or precious things with you when going out in order to stay out of robbery or pickpockets.
  5. Don’t try to ignore signal and take a picture where is not allowed.

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