Best time to trek Fansipan

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Best time to trek Fansipan

Trekking up to the top of the highest mount to hug that triangle metal piece saying “Fansipan 3,143m” has become a long time tradition among young trekker. And obviously, Fansipan is also a kind of tourist attraction since it is very close to Sapa, a famous destination for tourists in the North of Vietnam, and a few adventurous and athletic travelers love to combine their Sapa trip with this Fansipan Mount trekking. Best time to do this whole trekking thing is April and May when the weather is good, not cold (and especially) not rainy, and you will also have a clear view of the beautiful valley with flowers in bloom. A common question from the trekker is that how is the campsite or the tent when overnight in Fansipan This is the camp at the height of 2,800m where the trekkers have dinner and spend an oh-so-cold night after 6.5 hours of climbing. It is quite dirty, especially on a rainy day Actually the view from the camp will be very nice if it is not rainy or too foggy. And in fact in dry weather you can even do camp fire here. Inside the tin house at night. The hole on the door keeps the winds blowing in all night. It is quite crowded in the camp at...

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Khau Vai love market festival

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Khau Vai love market festival

Thousands of domestic and international tourists gathered for the 2015 Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week, which kicked off on May 13th in Meo Vac district of the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The week, which will run through May 16th, features a wide variety of activities including the northernmost beauty contest, cow fighting festivals, horse races, traditional dish exhibitions, and incense offerings at two temples in Khau Vai commune. Vice Chairman of the district People’s Committee Tran Kim Ngoc, who is also head of the organising board, said the week aims to preserve and uphold the traditional ethnic minority culture in the province. The Khau Vai Love Market has its origins in a legend about a couple who were deeply in love but were forbidden to be together because they hailed from differed ethnic groups. The two promised to meet once every year in Khau Vai on the 27th of the third lunar month. The “Phong Luu” market of Son Vi commune is also a highlight of the event, drawing crowds of local residents and neighbouring Chinese people to join and enjoy the event’s art performances and games, according to Ngoc. During the event, tourism service quality, social order and traffic safety have been ensured to serve tourists, he added. The century-old festival, which is held annually in the third lunar month, is a popular meeting place for ethnic groups in the locality, particularly those in love./. USEFUL LINKS Bac Ha Market Sapa Travel...

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Bac Ha plum tree gardens

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Bac Ha plum tree gardens

People from the south – especially big cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho – think of plums as a Hanoi specialty. But in reality they’re grown on Bac Ha Plateau, 340km from the capital. Plums in Bac Ha, called Tam Hoa plums, are different from those in other regions. Bac Ha’s plums are greenish-red, while those of Lang Son province are pink. Out of all of Vietnam’s different plums, most say Bac Ha’s are the tastiest because they’re so sweet and have small pits. The region is called the White Plateau because it’s home to more than 1,000ha of plum trees. It’s the northwest region’s biggest plum-growing area. Tam Hoa plum farming has helped thousands of ethnic minority households in Bac Ha district in Lao Cai province escape poverty. Bac Ha is home to the Mong, Nung, Tay and Phu La ethnic minority groups. Plum season from late May is prime tourist season in Bac Ha. In recent years it has lured a huge number of foreign and domestic visitors USEFUL LINKS Bac Ha Sunday Market Bac Ha Tour About Sapa...

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Sapa Express Bus information

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Sapa Express Bus information

Sapa Express Bus The bus journey is a four and a half hour trip from Hanoi to Sapa via the brand new Hanoi – Lao Cai highway giving you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the mountainous area of Northwest Vietnam. The bus accommodates up to 29 passengers with its luxury service including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, bus attendant, complimentary bottle of water, comfortable blanket and pillow and free tea, coffee and candy at the pickup point. Detailed information: Bus brand name: Universe Limousine 29 seats Bus departs from Hanoi at 7:00 am and arrives in Sapa at 12:00 pm Bus departs from Sapa at 4:00 pm and arrives in Hanoi at 9:00 pm Ticket price: 378,000 VND Meals onboard are not included in the ticket. Pick up/ Drop off in Hanoi at: 12 Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Pick up/ Drop off in Sapa at: 003 Fanxipan Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai BOOKING: please send the request to Sapa Travel at...

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Finding a luxury restaurant in Sapa

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Finding a luxury restaurant in Sapa

Sapa Travel recommend the following luxury restaurants in the town: 1. the Bellevue Restaurant U Sapa has the reputation for serving some of the best food in Sapa and uses the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens. The award-winning Dining on the Bellevue Restaurant is located at the tip of the headland and presents 270 degree views, whilst Dining offers regional and international cuisine. A large selection of wines from many of the world’s most respected regions is featured in The Cellar. An all day dining restaurant located on the ground floor of the main building with an outdoor terrace, serving buffet breakfast and a la carte for lunch and dinner. The cuisine focuses on using the freshness of ingredients and local produce.   2. Ta Van Restaurant Ta Van Restaurant in Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa offers the finest dining available in the region. Our Chef’s fine cuisine blends local ingredients to create exciting international dishes with a French and Vietnamese flair. Our restaurant has a large central fireplace and a cozy atmosphere. In the summer months, dine on the terrace and enjoy spectacular views over Mount Fansipan. Minority Dance Performance Enjoy traditional dances performed by H’mong and Thai Minority people every Saturday night at Ta Van Restaurant from 8.00 PM until 9.00 PM. Seating capacity: 110 pax indoors Opening hours: 6:30 AM to 10:00...

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Update train transfer information 2015

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Update train transfer information 2015

The most popular and convenient way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is by sleeper train. If you choose to an experience with us we can also book the overnight trains and transfers for you. We try to make this very easy for our guests by arranging train tickets for more than 95% of our guests. Once you read these hints and tips you will understand why it is better to leave it to us the professionals to take the guess work out and leave you to have a smooth stress free journey to Sapa. The trains to Lao Cai depart Hanoi everynight of the week at 21:50. We choose to book our guests on the Livitrans or King Express or Fanxipang train carriages as we believe these to be the best. These carriages are VIP with 4 beds in each room. There is a toilet at the end of the carriage. We strongly advise our guests to book a private 4 berth cabin even if there are only one of two guests travelling, this ensures privacy, security and a better night sleep. The train line was build in 1906 and you can feel every piece of history in the track as you take the journey 320kms to Sapa. It certainly is a wonderful way to travel and makes coming to Sapa all that more exciting.   Bus transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa: After 9 fairly sleepless hours on the night train you want to make sure your bus transfer from Lao Cai train station to Sapa has been organised by your hotel in Sapa, because at 5:00am when your train pulls into Lao Cai the last thing you want to do is to be left standing around having to negotiate for a seat to Sapa. I have heard crazy stories where travellers paid more then US$30 for a single ticket from Lao Cai to Sapa in a mini van. Please don’t let this happen to you. Here are some tips: If you want a taxi this will cost you up to 580.00 VND The journey is 37km from Lao Cai to Sapa The journey will take up to 1 hour depending on the weather When you arrive it will be too early to check into most hotels. Find a good cafe or restaurant for breakfast – Our Indigo Summer House is open from 7.30am and is a great place to shower and get some breakfast. If you negotiate a bus ride yourself, do not pay until you arrive in Sapa Make it easy for yourself, the train station is not the place for an adventure!!! Terms & Conditions By making a train booking with Sapa Travel, you acknowledge reading and accepting these Terms and Conditions and agree not to violate our policies. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS In these Terms and Conditions “we, our, us, company” refers to Sapa...

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