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“Get out of Sapa itself for a couple of days to see the area and avoid the hawkers”

Sapa Sisters Private Trekking Adventures
Ranked #2 of 56 Outdoor Activities in Sapa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Sapa Sisters is a website that connects expats, backpackers and travellers with local Hmong in the Sapa-area. It aims to establish a direct link between guides and people that are about to visit Sapa to empower the young Black H'Mong women and give them a reasonable pay for their skilled services. All the guides speak English and have long experiences working as guides. Sapa Sisters, a social enterprise owned by local guides!
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My friend and I hiked with Little Chi who spoke excellent English and was very good at explaining the local culture. I felt it gave me a new insight to the local people that I wouldn't have had otherwise.

The difficulty of the walk can be customised to you however don't expect anything too extreme.

You will walk either along roads, through rice fields or on small tracks to get between villages. If you let them, little old ladies with baskets of crafts will follow you out of Sapa and try to sell you things. If you say outright that you don't want to buy anything you have a good chance of loosing them.

1  Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We we're booked with a Sapa Sisters tour guide through the Sapa Tourist Office. We had an excellent half day guided walk around the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, which was very informative and enjoyable despite almost constant drizzle. Our young guide was friendly, knowledgeable and very professional.

1  Thank marconasco
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We did a half day trek with Giao from Sapa Sisters and it was the highlight of our trip to Vietnam. She was so friendly and knowledgeable about life in the villages that surround Sapa. She made us a wonderful lunch with the freshest ingredients bought while we walked. We were quite sad to say goodbye to her. We would recommend Giao and the Sapa Sisters to anyone heading to Sapa.

Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We used sapa sisters twice for day treks and had Guian as a our guide on both occasions. She was a very able and informative guide and we thoroughly enjoyed her company. Would recommend her in a heart beat to any Trekkers. The scenery was stunning and the Trek was very enjoyable.

On the first trek we were followed by three local Hmong tribes women for 4 hours after which we were pressured into buying some items from them (pressure was from the women themselves).
We wished that Sapa sisters had told us about this when we booked so could have discouraged them from following us (they were very pleasant and we did not mind buying the first two items as we expected this - our issue was when the third lady started saying that it wasn't fair we had bought from two ladies etc and we were making her unhappy etc - we were not aware that the ladies were not together). On the 2nd day we made it clear we did not want to buy anything and the ladies dropped off within a matter of minutes. Would have been good to have been told about this by the company but we understand that it is a tricky situation (especially for the guides) for the company as they are from similar tribes and villages.

Thank mandeep1981
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had a fantastic walk with Sapa Sisters, led by Cho, and would echo all the positive comments already made. We had a great conversation with Cho about local and international customs, and life in general, and learnt far more than we could have done walking by ourselves.

We were a bit concerned in advance about the issue some reviews have mentioned of being followed by local women and hassled to buy goods. It did happen to us but I'd like to point out the following advice Sapa Sisters give in their FAQs: (see http://www.sapasisters.com/faq.htm )
'...These women are often on the trails, following travellers, looking to sell their wares and can seem “pushy”. The best course of action in dealing with them is to politely but firmly decline to purchase goods - if you are not interested. It is quite difficult for our guides to ask them to leave as these women are often from the same villages or are directly related to them, and asking them to leave could (and has in the past) cause conflicts for them once they return to their village.'
I think that last sentence is particularly telling - Cho carefully explained the same to us and having experienced this, we think that advice is very fair. We made it very clear to the women that we did not want to buy - now or later - and after a while they wandered off. Really it is not too hard and need not spoil the enjoyment of your walk,

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