Would it be possible to book a cruise for 2 days/1 night during Tet Holiday?
The following cruises often organize exciting activities for Tet so you may want to check them out: Glory Cruise, Indochina Sails,V’Spirit, Halong Legacy…
What is the promotion rate?
Does the cruise price include transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
Any cruise offers spa service
I am a vegetarian. Can I request for vegetarian meals on board?
How long in advance should I make the reservation?
What if I want to cancel my booking?
What does the listed price include?
- Unless otherwise noted, all prices listed on our site already INCLUDE meals, entrance and sightseeing fees, guide on board and government taxes (10%).
- The listed price does not include New Year and Christmas surcharge, personal expense and tips.
- Note: If payment is made by credit cards, it will be subject to a credit card processing fee of 3%.
How to reserve for a cruise trip on Halongsapapackages.com?
You can reserve for your cruise trip or tour to Halong on our website in three simple steps:
1. Search for your desired cruise using our search tool, located on the left hand side of the web page, or by clicking on one of the cruise category: Luxury Cruise, Deluxe Cruise or Superior Cruise.
2. Select the cruise that catches your attention. Each cruise is listed with details about price, itineraries and photo gallery, making it easy for you to compare and contrast.
3. Click on “Book Now” button and be transferred to the Booking Request Form. We will check the availability of your request and respond in 4 hours (office hours) and 12 hours (non-office hours).
When is the best time to visit Sapa?
During this period the temperature is ranging from 15 – 25 Degree Celsius, it is not a raining season in Sapa so the trekking routes are dry and bear great opportunity to do longer treks and to conquer Mount Fansipan. During the winter months, the temperature is much cooler and it is advised to bring a some warm clothing (hat, sweater, wool socks) for after you days fo trekking. Also, during the winter months there are periods of light rain, which brings in the fog. This puts Sapa in the clouds and allows for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Before our night train to Sapa, do you have a place where we can leave luggage?
If this option is unavailable or you don’t have a hotel, you can leave your luggage at one of our offices. We will happily store it for you while you are on you trip for free.
Tip: If you are to Sapa for trekking, we suggest you travel light for an enjoyable time.
Is there a sleeper train to Sapa? What is it like?
Each cabin locks on the inside for security and has a fair amount of room for luggage storage under the beds and above the door.
If you would like to splurge and go first class, the Royal Victoria Train is available. Please ask our travel consultant for more details.
The train itself does not go fast and takes about 10 hours from Hanoi to Lao Cai (about 350 km). In comparison to other trains it is not too noisy, although some people bring earplugs, especially if they are in the hard –sleeper class. Toilets are available on each coach. It is advised to bring your own toilet paper.
About half the time there is a dining car on the train. Just recently we have noticed that they have replaced the dining car with another passenger coach. Thus, it is advised to bring water, snacks, or anything else you may want to eat before boarding.
Is there a day train to Lao Cai (Sapa)?
Tip: We highly recommend taking the night train to save you time, visit more places in Sapa.
Any other means of travel to Sapa except train?
It will take about 10 hours (not including possible traffic jams) in a distance of 400 km from Hanoi. And there is plenty of sightseeing we can make en route.
We recommend to travel by train, but for some reasons, you would wish to travel there by car, please check with one of our travel consultants to see the road conditions since it sometimes has construction and will make your journey to Sapa even longer than 10 hours.
How far is that from Lao Cai to Sapa and means of transport?
It is comfortable by AC can or car, our driver will bring you to Sapa in about one hour.
Your guide and/or driver will be waiting outside the train station to pick you up. Look for a sign with your name on it.
Is your local guide waiting for us at the train station of Lao Cai?
We provide telephone numbers of our local guides and tour operators in advance, just in case.
Tip: There are so many passengers outside at Lao Cai train station when you get out, please make sure you look for the board with your full name on it and our local guide welcoming you.
Is there anywhere in Sapa or Lao Cai, that we can get changed, have a shower, and leave luggage before our trekking?
There is also a good place in Lao Cai for shower and breakfast in case that your itinerary is not to travel to Sapa that day. (e.g. travel to Bac Ha Sunday market)
Tip: The place for shower and changed is not for sleeping the whole day, it’s just for a short rest and shower before you start your trek.
How do you define: easy trekking, intermediate & hard trekking?
Trekking: Is a category of adventure travel, typically involving visits to remote areas, with overnight lodging in tents or other minimal accommodation. It is less strenuous than hiking but more strenuous then walking.
In comparison to trekking in Nepal or India, the trekking in Sapa is easy. But, because of the rapid weather changes, and the severe ups and downs on some of the trails; we have to classify the trekking as moderate. Please be aware of the time it takes to reach each destination so that you can confirm that it will suit your abilities.
Easy trekking: Harder than walking, trekking trail is not steep, has some ups and downs, often in a short time.
Moderate trekking: Trekking trail has ups and downs, but not so steep. Trail will become more difficult in poor weather.
Intermediate to Hard trekking: Trekking route has a steep incline and often is off road in remote areas, very difficult during periods of rain.
Every situation depends on weather, especially in Sapa.
Tip: We can always tailor the trek to adapt to the weather changes, sometimes you would like to hire the support jeep / vehicle to bring you from point to point, and this is possible at a reasonable extra.
What kind of shoes should we use for trekking in Sapa?
For the light or easy trek, we recommend using good sandals or walking shoes, but for intermediate and hard trekking trips, we have to use really good shoes or sport shoes which must have really strong grips for hiking up and down. Many of our past clients use their expert hiking boots which often become very muddy in rainy weather. The best footwear during periods of rain are definitely the local rubber boots bought at the local market for about 60 000 VND or $4 USD. They grip in mud and do not cause blisters. Although, these boots do not breath at all.
What do you mean by CBT homestay?
What is the homestay condition, are there mosquito nets and sleeping bags provided at homestay?
Please bring your own sleeping bags to the homestay if you feel the need and it is also recommended for some of the visitors with sensitive skin.
For meals, our host will help with cooking and dining, our local guide might have to bring food from Sapa (if they are far away from the market). They have their traditional ways of preparing food and they are all well educated about hygiene, food safety, and cleanliness.
Simple as it is, a toilet is placed a few steps from their house, there is a bucket of water for use…please do bring your own toilet paper. Minimizing as many environmental impacts as possible has already been an issue raised and dealt with.
Are we sleeping with the family at the village in the same house? Do we eat with the locals at the homestay?
We will normally enjoy dinner and sleep with one family, but sometimes, the neighbours want to share the tourism benefits equally, then cooking and eating is at one house but sleeping is at another.
What types of activities should we expect to be participating in at the homestay?
The people at the homestay are quite shy. Especially with their English. They can speak a little English and actually it is enough to have a conversation. Although, they do need some encouragement. We ask you to be active in communicating with the family, asking them questions about their lives. They are always happy to answer, often showing you and getting you involved in order for you to better understand.
What kind of food will we eat at the homestay?
How do I prepare before going to the homestay?
For the homestay, there is not much preparation. Making sure that you have packed everything you need to make your stay more conformable is most important. Bring a small bag with the clothes change of clothes. You should bring something warm, as the nights will cool off, sometimes dropping as mush as ten degrees. Other things you might want to bring with you are a mirror, toilet paper, your favourite tea or snack, flash light, and a book.
Further preparations to make your stay even more special would include learning a short song to sing after dinner. It is a cultural tradition to sing after dinner, and if you start off by saying you would like to sing a song, then all the better. You can bring gifts for the homestay owner, things like pens, pencils, and books. Other great things to bring with you to the homestay, and all over Asia, are pictures of your home, you and your family. The pictures always become a great conversation piece.
How does sleeping work in the homestays?
For other questions not here, please contact us via email: [email protected]