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“Great Atmosphere, Great Cause”
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Sapa Backpackers
Ranked #60 of 141 Speciality Lodging in Sapa
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Atmosphere, Great Cause”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

I stayed at Sapa Backpackers because I liked the idea that my money was going towards helping kids. When you first get off the bus in Sapa (drops you near the lake), it's about a 10-15min walk. Usually on of the Hmong women who are clamouring for you to byu a tour off them will show you where to go and walk you there (in the hopes that you'll then book a trip with them).

Sapa Backpackers is EXCELLENTLY located near everything while still being on a quiet street. The little girls who help out are adorable, the tea and breakfast is fantastic, and the owner even helped me rent a motorbike on my own so I could drive around on my own (definitely a must-do).

If I had more time on my trip, I would have definitely stayed a week longer to help out with the Hope Centre, which most of the people in my dorm were there for. STAY HERE, you won't regret it!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Sapa Backpackers a.k.a Sapa Hope Center is not only a hostel but also a place providing English teaching to children in Sapa. It's so great that you couldn't find any hostel like Sapa Backpackers to be a volunteer for community service! i was going to Sapa alone on March,the weather is pretty cold and foggy.I hardly withstand it but the thing that made me warm is Sapa Backpackers. We(with other travellers) had a dinner(it's curry,i miss it a lot) cooked by one of a traveler,it's absolutely delicious at that freezing night. Besides,Peter also helped me arranging transport and hiking tour(because maybe you don't know which tour is the best and suitable for you). i wished to be staying there for longer time to help them up in developing their new centre but unfortunately i'd to go home at the next day. I'm sure i'll be there again to experience and know more about this lovely place. Thanks to Peter, although i was alone,but i met so many friends there!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

5 of us took a trip to sapa and after reading all the reviews booked into sapa backpackers. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and it was a nice change to sit and have breakfast with the local tribes people and peters friends. Between us we had a dorm and a private room- both were fine. It's basic accommadation in a great location with very nice people and a chance to help with English lessons. The egg sandwiches at breakfast are also great and cheap. We took a trek to a local ladies village who also stayed at the hostel, her name was suesue, we highly recommend taking the hike with her! Wifi was hit and miss but not a problem. Thank you for a great stay!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

My time at Sapa Backpackers which is also known as Sapa Hope Center was a pleasurable experience and one I will not forget. The Sapa Hope Center was set up by Peter to help the homeless and teach English to the street children. The reason I went there was to specifically help out with the Sapa Hope Center and support them with developing the new center. My time consisted of painting wall murals and teaching English, which was great fun with other volunteers. It also felt like a homestay to some degree and being apart of a family as Peter and his wife were wonderful people and always made you feel welcome. The children helping there had beautiful characters and lots of fun too. Great place to help the community and meet other travelers. Peter will help you organising transport and any hiking you desire to do in the mountains. If intending to go in March time, be prepared it can get very cold and Foggy but on the flip side you can have days of 28 degrees sunshiny weather, which was great to experience to go hiking. Good luck for the future Peter and look forward to returning one day to visit the new center.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

If you are in Sapa for the experience and don't care about frills, this place is great! It is part hostel part community centre for homeless children. It is no frills so don't expect a super clean place. But who needs clean sheets when you are making a homeless child's day by playing and teaching english.
Mr. Peter is extremely helpful and goes out of his way to make sure you have what you need.

Thanks Mr. Peter!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for a night in a six-bed dorm. They had constant hot water and the two girls who work there are very friendly.

It was very close to the main road, about a two minute walk. The only problem is that there is a 10pm curfew.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We travelled in January so experienced a very cold Sapa! Sapa backpackers has a fantastic feel to it, you feel in staying there like you are part of the community. It is a very cheap option and this is reflected in certain ways - we had to request to have the electricity turned on for example, but this didn't cause any problems. All tours can be organised through them at a reasonable rate.
Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sapa Backpackers
Address: 06 Ham Rong St., Sapa 020, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Lao Cai Province > Sapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 141 Speciality Lodging in Sapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sapa Backpackers is a unique, family-run guesthouse situated in the heart of Sapa town. Offering clean, spacious dorm rooms, private twin and double rooms and a stylish cafe area, it is an ideal place for budget travelers and people who love to socialize. Our facility also serves as a community center for minority street children, offering free English classes and other services. ... more   less 
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