a VirtualTourist member from Israel asked on May 17, 2009
we are considering a 2night 3 day trip to sapa including private driver ,hotel stay and transportation for320 .Is this a good price?
In order to answer that you'd have to tell us where the trip starts, and what class of hotel that includes. It sounds unnecessarily high to me, since I took one of the private train carriages from Hanoi ($25./$30. one way) and stayed in excellent accommodations in Sapa for13. a night just last year. If we're talking luxury digs in Sapa and a private 4X4 all the way from Hanoi - that's a totally different story. By the way, Sapa town is very very easy to do on your own!
Absolutely agree with dawgon, above. That does sound steep. There are many travel agencies or traveler's cafes in Hanoi that offer a 3NIGHT/2DAY trip up to Sapa and you'd save quite a bit with them but you do need to choose wisely which agency you go with because there are quite a few that skimp on services with such things as claiming to deliver a good train berth/sleeping compartment and then claim at the last minute that sleeping berths weren't available, etc.
With regards to Vietnam, sometimes you get what you pay for so if it seems too inexpensive to be true, then . . .
One agency that gets good reviews consistenly is Handspan. They charge more but they've got the infrastructure with their own vans, boats, etc. (not train) and usually deliver on service.