We left Hanoi for the final time on a Thursday night, cozily tucked in to the back of a sleeper bus. Our main mode of transportation throughout all of Vietnam were these buses. The first experience on a sleeper bus was to Sapa and it was not terrible, so we agreed to buy an “open bus” ticket for Vietnam. That meant we could travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with stops in Hue, Hoi An and Nha Trang, for $34 each. And we could stay in each stop for as long as we wanted.
Sapa was a trip we did not plan on. Originally we were going to skip this town on our visit to Vietnam, but we kept hearing great things about it and the people that lived there. One of our favorite blogs, theblondeabroad, had written about a trip to Sapa awhile back and it seemed great. We decided that if we could get the same guide that she was able to have, then we would detour to Sapa for a few days.