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1. Incredible Experience with breathtaking views. Not for the unfit!

Elijah Group from SingaporeWe booked this tour from Sapa Pathfinder and everything went smoothly from the get-go. It was a 2 day 1 Night trek. I found it physically demanding as we were running a tight schedules with minimal rests. I cannot stress the importance of warm clothing especially if you are intending to hike it during the December-Jan period. The temperature can be as low as 0 degree celsius. It was especially hard to get to sleep at night..especially when our tent was getting pounded by ferocious winds. It was supported by bamboo sticks (tent is built by the guide and porters from Sapa Path Finder). Thankfully, it didnt cave in! We set off at about 5am to make our final push to the summit. Bring torchlights as there are some roots that jut out from the ground. I wore my Vibrams Five Fingers...bad choice! When we reached the summit, the rush of emotions and the sense of achievement is simply overwhelming. For those who want to make a phonecall to their special ones back in town, there is reception...NOT from Vietnam but from China!
We made our descent with little fuss but i have to add that the constant balancing and stepping downs is rather jarring for the knees!

Thumbs up to Sapa Path Finder , especially Dem, our guide :)

2. My best week in Vietnam so far!

This newly renovated Hotel, only just opened is the perfect example of why not to use – the Lonely Planet!

It goes to show that there are hidden gems out there, and places need to be explored not just read about in a book.

The family run, Fanispan Hotel is one of those places, easily one of the best places I've stayed at in Vietnam.

The staff are unbelievably friendly, informative and accommodating. Huge breakfasts included in the price start things off, and the restaurant is open all day, serving a great range of food whenever you need it.

The rooms are clean, spacious, nicely decorated and great value. The bathrooms are of a good size and the showers are fantastic. (Other rooms have baths I believe).

There is free internet and wi-fi throughout the Hotel although occasionally the signal wasn't the strongest, however at the time of writing they were looking at improving this.

The Hotel is also connected to the long established company Sapa Pathfinder, so if you need any advice on the area, trips or treks booked they’re the people to ask.

On finding out I was travelling alone, they insisted I joined them for meals and evening drinks. They fed and welcomed into the family extremely generously. They were genuinely warm and approachable. By involving within their group, it’s certainly a week I won’t forget and I hope to be back there soon. Highly recommended for anyone!!

3. Great Value, good,new hotel, wellorganised trekking!

We decided to do 1 day in Sapa for our own and 2 days trekking with homestay(Sapa Pathfinder Travel Office, located in Sapa). They offered us to stay in their Hotel, the Fansipan View, opening just 4 months ago.
Its a friendly, clean and goodsituated, little hotel. Spacious room, good view, nice bathroom. They also have possibility to rent trekking-shoes, store for backpacks,and have showers..after trekking is finished.
We really recommend this hotel, as well as their restaurant with very good vietnam food, and also the travelcompany! (But the homestay is very,very real contact to the family. In my oppinion, better do sleep in Fansipan Hotel and do 1 day tours).

4. Memorable Trip, Shirley Tey from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sapa Pathfinder Travel arranged a package for a group of 8 of us from Hanoi to Sapa, Lai Chau and Dien Bien. This included train ticket from Hanoi to Sapa, hotel accomodation, meals & air ticket from Dien Bien back to Hanoi. We were very impressed with their services - right from the time we were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi to go to the railway station. Their staff even see us to our cabin.

When we arrived Laocai the next morning, we were transferred to Fansipanview Hotel where we took our shower and had our breakfast before embarking on a 13-km trek in Sapa. The staff at Fansipanview Hotel were all very warm and hospitable. The rooms are clean and spacious with big shower room.

Our guide was also very professional, taking care of our every need. Not forgetting a very experienced and skillful driver who drove us through beautiful mountaineous and rugged terrains and weaving through picturesque valleys and passing through many small villages. The scenery was spectacular although the journey can be a little tiring. Imagine it took 7 long hours to travel 240km. Thank God we made the right decision to take a flight back to Hanoi from Dien Bien.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sapa, Lai Chau and Dien Bien. We would definitely recommend Sapa Pathfinder Travel to anybody who wish to visit Sapa.

Shirley Tey
Sep 2010


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