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You should have a local guide if you don't want to be lost or miss some beauty spots there. I did this route: Sa Pả - cát cát - Lao Chải - Tả Ván- - Giàng Tả Chải - Tả Van- Bản Hồ, medium hiking. See More
12 days is a little rush but still enough to travel from North to South based on my experience (I did 2 and one more time this year w.my GF). To save time, take flight rather than bus. My suggestion is:- Day 1-2: Hanoi (then take night train to Sa Pa... See More
My experience is with Boss Legend Hotel at Hang Thung str (Hanoi Old Quarter), conveniently located. Quite nice hotel, nice, modern & spacy room & good buffet breakfast with small swimming pool. You can visit Bat Trang Ceramic Market & Vạn Phúc or Đư... See More