Hanoi to Lao Cai @ train, bus Jan 29, 2018

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From Hanoi to Sapa by train

06:10
Hanoi
15:46
Sapa Lao Cai
9h 36m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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22:30
Hanoi
06:33
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 3m
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From Hanoi to Sapa by train+taxi joint ticket

21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
Total duration
3h 25m
22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
Total duration
3h

From Lao Cai to Sapa by taxi

Any
Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
13:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
07:00
Hanoi SSB
12:30
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
07:30
Hanoi SSB
13:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
13:00
Hanoi SSB
19:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m
14:30
Hanoi SSB
20:00
Sapa SSB
5h 30m
22:00
Hanoi SSB
04:30
Sapa SSB
6h 30m

From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by bus

06:45
Hanoi SapaExpress
12:15
Sa Pa SapaExpress
5h 30m

Passenger reviews out of total 5,624 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ Jan 21, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
The drive itself was very pleasant and I was able to sleep (had an overnight journey from Hanoi to Sapa). We arrived in Sapa at 4am and were still allowed to stay in the bus until 6am to sleep some more - that was very nice. Also welcomed that there was a toilet on the bus. The only thing missing was toilet paper.
★★★★☆ Jan 20, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Sleepbus was great. Blanket and a pillow. De minibus to Sapa...the driver forced us to give him a tip of 100.000 vtd
12Go response:

Nope, that is not supposed to happen. We will investigate and get back to you.

★★★☆☆ Jan 20, 2018 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Trip booking went as planned from 12go. Tickets were sent within the hour via email. We chose the Vietnam Railways option, soft beds. There is no difference from the more expensive companies, other than getting bottled water, a coffee from the cart and a hand wipe for double the price. You may be in a cabin for more expensive guests, so don't be surprised if you don't get any complimentary items. Train and cabins are old, clean and basic. Train left and arrived on time. Toilet facilities could be improved. Would recommend 12go for booking this journey. Was charged in Thai Bhat.
★★★☆☆ Jan 17, 2018 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train) :
The printed ticket adviced us to go straight to the coach and show the ticket to the ticket-taker. The railway personnel at the gate would not let us on to the platform because we did not have an 'official' ticket with a bar code. They adviced us to get the official ticket...unfortunately Violette has no office st the station, so we didn't know what to do. Thanks to Kings Express train personnel - they called to the the Violette person and told us that he/she was coming and we woukd have to wait. Finally we did get in, but after too much drama. The train csbin was nothing like in pictures, but we manage to get to Sapa. Violette personnel should be at the gate at the same as railway personnel. Would save nerves... I'm not going to recommend Violette Express train to anyone who is going to Sapa for the first time. It's too confusing.
★★★☆☆ Jan 16, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
The bus is very clean and departed on time. Our only concern was that the departure location (in Sapa) changed without our knowledge. I assume this is the bus company's fault for not updating the departure location. Tip: confirm the departure location!
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2018 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Beds were comfortable enough. Was able to turn off the lights, so it was really good for sleep. The restroom had an interesting smell. The free tea was tasty!
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2018 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2018 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Luxurious trip, safe driver
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2018 (bus VIP, Sapa Express)
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2018 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Quite ok
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2018 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Except passing around blind corners... the trip was excellent
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
They have picked us up at our hotel ( they do this in the old quarter) and we had an amazing night trip to sapa. I had never slept so well in a night bus!:) the bus is super confortable, it has wi-fi and they kindly let us stay sleeping is the bus till 6 am, even if we arrived at sapa at 4 am! Great ;)
★★★★★ Jan 13, 2018 (bus VIP, Sapa Express)
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2018 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
It would be great to have the ticket include the bus to Sapa - I ended up having to wait an hour because the driver insisted on waiting until the van was full. I would have happily paid in advance to have it included!
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2018 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
Train car was clean, comfy beds, warm blankets
★★★★★ Jan 7, 2018 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 7, 2018 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
There was a confusion about my ticket and I wasn't on their list but finally they solved and helped. The bus and the trip was comfortable.
12Go response:

Dear Attila Kovacs,

Thank you for the rating and the review!

We understand your frustrations and concerns regarding this transport service. Please accept our sincere apologies for the less than satisfactory experience you have had with the operator. You may rest assured knowing that we will pass these concerns and issues on to the management and we’re hopeful that the matter will be investigated and improvements will be implemented.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will use our services again.

★★★☆☆ Jan 4, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Bus left on time. Good sleeper with toilet. During travel lights off and without loud music. WiFi on the bus not working at all.
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Excellent
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2018 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Rrliable
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2018 (van VIP, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Thank you in service very good.
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
Comfortable and easy
★★☆☆☆ Dec 26, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Beep sound was constant during the trip, so i could not sleep (maybe due to speed limit control of the van). The temperature in the car was cold and the Driver was not able to speck or understand English at all. The driver couldn’t tell us the exact place of arrive in Sapa.
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2017 (train #SP7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Chairs are really comfortable, staff is very friendly
★★★☆☆ Dec 16, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Bus left over one hour late. Most of journey was fine except near Sapa where road get very windy. Bus driver was overtaking large trucks and other buses, and it was dark. Besides that the trip was fine.
★★★★★ Dec 14, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Journey was smooth,driver was very good, he knew the roads very well. I don't understand people complaining about the stops, think it's a bit selfish. Our driver stoped twice, first one he fueled up and second one he had his dinner. I think it's safer for passengers that driver takes necessary breaks!
★★★★☆ Dec 13, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
The train left and arrived on time. The beds are basic but enough to get a few hours sleep. Charge point for phone which is good. Would recommend trying to get a lower bunk. Need to improve bathroom areas.
★★★★★ Dec 12, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Heel goed. lekker snel van hanoi naar sapa met gratis wifi on board. Twee korte tussenstops met mogelijkheid om te eten.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 11, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express)
★★★★★ Dec 9, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Dec 5, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour)
★★★★☆ Dec 4, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 3, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I travelled with a family of 5 with advanced booking. However, the ticketing counter was dismissive when I requested that the 6 carriage (not cabins) separation between me and the rest of my family be modified. We boarded early and I stayed with my family till about 5 min before departure to head to my assigned bed 6 carriages away and to my horror, someone was already there because the carriage master assumed I am not turning up and allowed some else to switch beds. Took a while to get them to get my bed back in order. This is not my first travel on Vietnam railways but this trip was most diasapointing.
★★★★★ Dec 2, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
New and clean bus. We were picked up from the office 1 hr prior to the bus departure.
★★★☆☆ Dec 1, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 1, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
If you like adventures you have to make a trip by a night train.
★★★★★ Nov 29, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour)
★★★★☆ Nov 26, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Smooth ride, on time and comfortable. Communication was a bit of a hassle.
★★★★★ Nov 22, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Very Good service. They pick me up by the hotel in Hanoi
★★★★☆ Nov 21, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Nov 21, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Nov 21, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Great train, easy electronic tickets, and nice experience.
★★★★★ Nov 15, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Very comfy seats and friendly staff. Also complimentary biscuits and water. Great way to travel to Sa Pa!
★★★★★ Nov 6, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Perfect
★★★★☆ Nov 5, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
They picked up us at the hotel and aranged transport to sleeping bus. Bed was comfortable.
★★★★☆ Nov 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Pleasant trip
★★★★☆ Nov 4, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express)
★★★★★ Nov 2, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, King Express) :
Perfect way to get to Sapa! The bed was comfortable (for a sleeper on a train, of course) and the ride went smoothly.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 29, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Need thicker mattress. Better snacks and free coffee should have been included. Very grumpy carriage lady!
★★★☆☆ Oct 27, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
It was absolutely freezing all night long: that combined with the very rough train ride made sleeping fairly difficult. Take a lot of warm clothing and a hat! Very thin mattress so hard bed. It was an on time departure and arrival. Also, my voucher said that I was to pick up the ticket at the actual carriage on the train, but in fact I had to ask around - a man was just walking round the waiting room looking for people on his list: fairly hit and miss, but I did get the ticket. Also I had asked for a lower berth and said that I would not want a ticket if that was not available, but my ticket was an upper berth. Luckily I was able to change it as I was there early. But be careful - there are no ladders to the top berths so they require considerable agility.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 26, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Oct 23, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Bus came a little bit later but that was okey because of very good Service and friendly staff. Was the only passenger in a VIP Bus and that was really good. I can only recommend this tour:)
★★★★★ Oct 15, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Good ride. Driver was safe and very reliable. Felt very much comfortable on the ride. Only qualm was the longer than usual rest stops where everyone was just sitting around doing nothing for 20 mins. Could be better if the rest could be shorter.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 15, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan) :
Comfy and clean bed, but super annoying drinks cart sellers!! Also some guys (im not whether they are trains staff) talked very loud for a few hours in front of our sleeping coach!!!! I could barely sleep before 1.30 am. However, when it came to a situation that we had to be transferred by buses for 1/2-1 hours, the trains staff managed smoothly...very well organized.
★★★☆☆ Oct 15, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Facilities were good but extremely noisy train and very bumpy ride. Hardly got any sleep.
★★★★★ Oct 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Very comfortable, wonderful guide
★★★☆☆ Oct 9, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
火车睡铺整体是不错,但火车的一切都需付费,这点不够透明化
★★★☆☆ Oct 5, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
The bus itself was Oke, but getting on the bus was chaotic and not well organized with the result that it took a long time. The driver drive quit wild and not always safe, and did not speak english. One of our bags came out the storage below the bus very dirty.
★★★★★ Oct 3, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Excellent value for money. The train left on time and arrived early:) it was a bit wobbly at first (felt like being on a boat), but I was able to fall asleep soon enough. The trains are more spacious than expected. I recommend the upper berth.
★★★★☆ Oct 1, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Good seats. Pick up at the hotel with smal bus and later the original bus. Two stops fot toilet. And take the highway. So the trip to SAPA was 6 hours .
★★★★☆ Sep 30, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Excellent cabin plenty of room complimentary water clean But if you are more than 5' 9" tuck your knees up in the bunks Train was on time leaving and arriving morning coffee served hot Great service
★★★★☆ Sep 24, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Nice travel from Hanoi to Sapa. The music was really loud to the rear of the van though. The driver has been really kind helping us to find the hotel.
★★★★☆ Sep 23, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Train was okay, getting in was easy and no hassle, staff seemed friendly. Be sure to get the lower bunks, because the air conditioning only kinda cools the above bunks. All the heat goes up ;) Beds were as comfortable as can be in a train. Restrooms up to improving, to be honest. Really dirty and smelly.
★★★★☆ Sep 22, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Chapa Express) :
The bed was clean and enjoyed theamenities . I did not try the washroom. Also, lost a star because the train left 30 minutes early which is not ideal if you purchased ticket expecting it to leave at 10pm. As well, I had to exchange my voucher for ticket which was burdensome and no one would explain to me.
★★★★★ Sep 22, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Super comfortable seats
★★☆☆☆ Sep 19, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Enough legspace, comfortable ride with 2 stops. Service was good as well. Even pointed out the route to our hotel in Sapa.
★★★★☆ Aug 24, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★☆☆ Aug 20, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Fanxipan)
★★★★★ Aug 19, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour)
★★★★★ Aug 16, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express)
★★★★★ Aug 13, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express)
★★★★☆ Aug 5, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
Very nice except 1 toilet not working
★★★★★ Aug 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Smooth check in with free pick up at our hotel in a small minivan! Operators were good and clear, briefing was provided at the beginning of the trip. Snacks and water was provided on board.
★★★☆☆ Aug 1, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
The van went out of diesel and the driver, that was new, didn't know how to open the deposit tank. We lost half an hour. Another problem is that we had to be at 6 at the office but it was closed (and remained close after we depart). The driver didn't understand a single word in English. Just one bottle of water and that's all. Positive points: the van is really a luxury van and comfortable. The road is slow and I guess for occidental drivers will call their attention the way the Vietnamese drive. Spectacular landscapes.
★★★★★ Jul 31, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Perfect bustrip to go to Sapa!
★★★★☆ Jul 31, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Userfriendly site. Worked perfectly to order your traintickets
★★☆☆☆ Jul 31, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
The ride with Pumpkin to Lao Cai ws not worth the premium price.
★★★★☆ Jul 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express)
★★★★☆ Jul 28, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
My wife's seat was broken and it was unable to move it and my place had the exit of the Aircon broken.
★★★★☆ Jul 24, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express)
★★★☆☆ Jul 21, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Fanxipan) :
Nice beds/"room", dirty toilet
★★★☆☆ Jul 12, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Ride was good and comfortable mostly. But the aircon should've been colder and i had no headrest or blanket. Bus was neat and clean and we arrived on time (even though we departed a bit late).
★★★☆☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
The train was fine, but it was not clear where at the station we had to be.
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Comfortable seats, snacks and water provided, occasional rest breaks but not too many, and the driver handled the wheel well
★★★★☆ Jul 7, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
Beside of the cracky wifi connection I enjoined the trip very much :)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 4, 2017 (bus VIP Sleeper 41, Grouptour) :
The bus was leaking water on my seat and my boyfriends so we were drenched the whole journey as it was pouring very heavily. The bus driver did nothing about it.
★★★★★ Jul 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Snelle manier om van Hanoi naar Sapa te rijden met luxe touringcar. Binnen 5.5 uur in Sapa met twee rustpauzes onderweg.
★★★☆☆ Jun 29, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express) :
Nice trip. Bed comfortable. Only problems are air conditioning old system noisy and impossible to adjust and badroom very little and uncomfortable. Maybe looking other companies for more confort
★★★☆☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express)
★★☆☆☆ Jun 14, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Sapaly Express) :
Pros - Clean cabin - Soft bed - Good staff ------------ Cons - Extremely Noisy - Very bumpy, we couldnt get any sleep at all - Tickets are way too expensive for what you get. ----------- Verdict - Get a sleeper bus, its much cheaper. The whole point of sleeper train is to get some sleep, but its pointless and impossible to do that. We took a bus ride back from sapa to hanoi during day time and it was much better and cheaper.
★★★★☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Very easy trip, everything ran smoothly and the train was very clean/nice. The line is rocky but I slept well until we were woken up for tea/coffee about 15 mins before arriving.
★★☆☆☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Booking was very easy but don't expect first class cabin :)
★★★★☆ May 24, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express)
★★★★☆ May 18, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ May 12, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Great value, quick, comfy seats & great scenery :-D

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