Sao Mai Hotel
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I would stay here again, magnificent views, nice staff and not expensive
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... guess and you can't even hear!) to stories second hand from a Vietnamese guide? Know your money is going to the Hmong families, or assume your money goes straight to a tour agency. As we could see it, the tourist town of Sapa survives largely from people looking for local tribe (Hmong) treks and home stays, but the Vietnamese won't work with them, they bypass them with their own tours and actively discourage tourists from dealing with them. Not to mention the tour operators in Hanoi ...
... Four Belgians arrive later with three porters. They have been climbing Mt Francipan and were almost swept off the mountain in the storms. Their porters speak no English but their guide does, who laughs generously. These people are as tough as old boots. One porter who we later discover to be 45 carried not only his usual full load but a case of beer up from the village, and all of this in a basket held up by two ropes on his shoulders. The Belgians are great ...