North Vietnam Travel Tips

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“North Vietnam Travel Tips”

Written on: 11/05/2015 by Rozza56 (2 reviews written)

If you are doing the Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa trek in North Vietnam then here are some tips from my recent trip:

- Get a great travel agent to arrange your travel including buses and car/taxi to and from Hanoi airport - Indochina Pioneer is my pick as they provide great service

- In Halong Bay do the cruise on Paradise Cruises - a class above the others. Also consider doing an air flight over Halong Bay to top off your visit - only $100 US

- In Sapa, stay at either the Victoria Hotel or Amazing Hotel. Great views and creature comforts after a hard day's touring/trekking/walking. Dinner at the Little Vietnam restaurant where they serve clean and tasty food is recommended.

- In Hanoi you absolutely have to stay at the La Siesta Hotel and Spa. The La Siesta suite is recommended for couples. The best service and restaurant in town. You will not be disappointed.

Consider travelling after mid 2016 when the new highway to Halong Bay will be open. This will take the travel time to 2 hours each way. At the moment it is 3 and a half hours on a "so called highway" which is a pot holed and bumpy nightmare

Also note the bus trip to Sapa is 6 hours each way. The buses are great (Glory Buses) but the return trip to Hanoi will get you back after 10 p.m. at night and is a bit tiring. Make sure you book a night or 2 at the above hotel in Hanoi to recover if you have a long flight home ahead of you.

  • May 2015

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