Hanoi to Sapa @ train, bus Dec 23, 2017

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From Hanoi SapaExpress to Sapa by bus

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

From Hanoi to Sapa by train

06:10
Hanoi
15:46
Sapa Lao Cai
9h 36m
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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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#SP1
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
06:20
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 20m
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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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Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
3h 25m
#SP1
21:35
Hanoi
05:30
Sapa Lao Cai
7h 55m
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Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
3h 25m
22:00
Hanoi
06:05
Sapa Lao Cai
8h 5m
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Lao Cai, Sapa
Time
Sapa
1h
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Total duration
3h

From Hanoi SSB to Sapa by bus

06:30
Hanoi SSB
12:00
Sapa SSB
5h 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

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

Why Go to Sapa

Sapa is the favorite destination in Vietnam for those interested in trekking, homestays and the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. Established as a French hill station in the 1920’s, Sapa boasts incredible views of steep valleys lined with terraced rice paddies and on a clear day one can see the country’s highest peak - Fansipan. There are numerous trekking tours based out of Sapa with many including homestays at the local ethnic groups. Travelers can also visit the colorful Bac Ha market and browse the beautiful embroidered goods of the tribes from the surrounding hills that converge here on the weekends. Don’t forget to bring a good jacket as during the winter months this is one of the coldest places in Vietnam and recently has even been known to experience snowfall.

From Hanoi to Sapa

There is currently no airport in the region so travelers make the journey from Hanoi to Sapa via train or bus. It has long been one of the most popular overnight trains in the country with a number of more luxurious private train cars offering travelers varying degrees of comfort and relaxation on the night train. The train comes to a stop at Lao Cai station, about 35km from Sapa Town and there is no shortage of transportation options to transfer between the two.

From Hanoi to Sapa by Train

Hanoi to Sapa is the most popular and unique train route in Vietnam as it is serviced not only by Vietnam National Railways but also by more than a half dozen private train operators of varying degrees of comfort. Some are simply a cleaner, calmer and more relaxing way to spend the night traveling from Hanoi to Sapa while others are surprisingly luxurious and offer amenities you would not expect to find in a developing country. The level of comfort is reflected in their prices and most travelers say that the cost is certainly worth arriving in Sapa relaxed, well-rested and ready to explore the countryside. Vietnam railways has soft berths with 4 beds per cabin for USD$19. Prices on the private railways vary from $33.75 for VIP Sleeper cabins with 4 berths to $86.85 for VIP Sleeper cabins with 2 berths. All private trains will provide you snacks, drinks and a much softer bed to sleep in. They will also have wine, beer and meals available for purchase which are of a higher quality than the standard Vietnam Railways fare. The most luxurious for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa is Victoria Express which has a private lounge at the Hanoi railway station and their train cars include a bar, dinning room and library.

Trains from Hanoi to Sapa depart from the Tran Quy Cap street entrance to the Hanoi railway station, it should be noted that this is not the main entrance on Le Duan street. Passengers with the private railways to Sapa will need to exchange their vouchers for actual tickets at the respective company offices which open 1-2 hours before departure. Your voucher will give directions to the office which will be either in the Hanoi train station or across the street nearby. The majority of your fellow passengers will also be exchanging tickets and staff members at the station or other ticket booths should be able to point you in the right direction. English language skills may be very basic so remember to speak slowly, smile often and you will find the proper counter.

Departure times for the night train from Hanoi to Sapa are 9:40 and 10:00pm. All private train cars are attached to normal Vietnam National Railways trains and run on the same schedule which gives them arrival times of 5:35 and 6:20am respectively. There is a third train from Hanoi to Sapa that departs at 6:10am and arrives at 3:45pm. This train offers only a few dozen soft seats and the rest are hard wooden bench style seats which are quite uncomfortable for journeys of any length.

The train station is in the town of Lao Cai, about one hour outside of Sapa. Options for this transfer to Sapa include taxi, public shuttle and private charter. Shortly before arrival a woman will walk through the train offering to sell you tickets for the public shuttle to Sapa. Prices will vary widely from under $5 to more than $15. We can never advise to buy a ticket before actually seeing the vehicle for this sort of thing but there have not been many reports of scams at Lao Cai station. Should you choose this mode of transport be prepared for the shuttle to be overcrowded and driving to be a little too fast for the very winding roads. Another option is the regular taxi, be ready to share this with as many passengers as can fit for between $20-$30. The easiest way is to hire a private charter van or car to Sapa which can be arranged for at around $35-$50 depending on the number of passengers

From Hanoi to Sapa by Bus

A number of bus companies operate bus services from Hanoi to Sapa. Most will either depart or offer to pick you up from the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake and will drop you off in Sapa Town but exact locations will vary. The trip should last about 6 hours, departing in either early morning or late night. There are no bathrooms on the busses but most will make one quick rest stop during the trip from Hanoi to Sapa.

From Dien Bien Phu to Sapa by Bus

Going from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa there are several small companies offering minivan and bus services. The journey to Sapa on the winding and less than perfect road lasts about 10 hours and should cost under $10. Enquire at your hotel for booking.

Where to Stay in Sapa

Your choices for lodging in Sapa can generally be split into two categories - hotels and homestays. Hotels range between cheap affairs aimed at budget local tourists for around $5 per night to luxury hotel and spas that can cost hundreds of dollars. Sapa itself is quite small with only a few main roads so there is really no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ area to stay. New hotels are popping up every year and these are usually the ones which can be counted on to have fully functioning amenities.

Homestays in Sapa and the surrounding communities are popular among travelers looking for a more unique experience. Some feel like real family homes while many more closely resemble a youth hostel in which you sleep on a thin mat on the floor and go without luxuries such as heat and running water. Usually locally cooked meals are included with the homestay but you should ask ahead if you want truly authentic food otherwise you will end up with toast and eggs for breakfast.

Things to Do in Sapa

Trekking around the trails around Sapa can be a great way to experience both the scenery and culture. You should hire a guide through your hotel and many trekking tours in Sapa include a one night homestay. Most guides are local women and don’t be surprised when you struggle to keep up as you traverse the slippery paths. Your guide may be sporting homemade flip flops, but sturdy footwear is recommended. More serious hikers may want to try to climb up to the peak of Fansipan - Vietnam’s tallest mountain. A guide is required for this and authorities control entrance to the route.

Independent travellers may want to rent a bike and explore the towns and trails near Sapa on their own. Motorcycles can be rented from your hotel and the tourist information center in the middle of Sapa has good maps. Many towns have pay stations where you can park your bike and head off on the local trails. During the high season you certainly won’t be alone and there will be plenty of people around to guide you should you need directions.

On Sundays, the nearby Bac Ha market has a great selection of local arts and crafts as ethnic groups from the surrounding area converge for the day. The most colorful group is known as the Flower H’moung who get their name from the many layers of colorful clothing they wear. The market is best known for traditional embroidery which makes for a great souvenir.

Other activities include cooking classes to learn local H’moung dishes, tours to the nearby waterfall known as Heaven’s Gate and paddle boating around Sapa lake. Tourism is the main focus of Sapa so you will have no problem arranging any activity from even the most basic guesthouse or cafe and you may even be surprised by the level of English spoken by most people as it is much higher than average for the country.

Onward Travel from Sapa

Trains from Sapa to Hanoi depart from Lao Cai station at 8:35 and 9:10pm and will cost the same. For those wishing to travel to Laos you may arrange for a minivan or bus to first take you to Dien Bien Phu (10 hours) and then onward to Laos. We would recommend taking the morning bus from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu, enjoying an evening in there and then continuing on in the morning. This may be preferable to taking an overnight bus from Sapa as the road is not very good and you will not get much sleep. Tickets for the entire journey should be purchased jointly at your guesthouse and please remember to get a receipt.

Passenger reviews out of total 4,741 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 ^_^

★★★☆☆ 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
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Well organized and very comfortable bus!
★★★★★ May 9, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Awesome train ride. Nice and comfortable for the value.
★★☆☆☆ May 8, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Late pickup at 8am instrad of 6.45am. Arrive late at 1.30pm. No wifi.
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 25, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express) :
We went to Sapa with night train of Sapaly Express. The beds ware clean. They gave us biscuts, water, coffee and te. The toilets was clean even in the morning. I recomand them. We slept very well and in the morning arrived in time in Sapa.
★★☆☆☆ Apr 21, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Chapa Express) :
Prijs kwaliteit benaming VIP sleeper onwaardig!
★★★★☆ Apr 18, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, Sapaly Express) :
We had a return ticket to Sapa. Booking over 12go.asia was nice and easy. On the way to Sapa we were in a 8B coach ant it was brilliant, however our return coach was 8A. It was much smaller and thus not that comfortable. All in all experience was good, would recommend.
★★★★☆ Apr 15, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Pumpkin Express) :
Train was great, a real adventure. Was rocky but bed very comfortable and slept well. Toilet and washing facilities are what you'd expect on a train but sufficient. 12go.asia were great for arranging the booking but the directions to the ticket office were misleading and we struggled at the station. Glad we arrived 1.5hrs before the train.
★★★★☆ Apr 13, 2017 (train #LC3 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways) :
Easy booking system. We took the daytime train from Hanoi to Lao Cai which cost 144,000 for AC. Very comfortable; food and drinks trolley kept coming round, good selection and good prices. Toilet was acceptable; no smell!
★★★★☆ Apr 10, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
Generally it was a good trip. The bed was quite comfortable and clean. Some snacks and water were provided. Booking was very easy. Look out for local men who walks you to the ticket office area, calls someone for your tickets and then demand 100 000 dongs for their services. Also we had a booking for particular carriage and beds, but ended up moved to another carriage as ours was full. Moreover, we had to exchange booking voucher for the actual tickets with the "help" of a local guy even though the voucher says it can be used as a ticket.
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
All went smooth. Got the tickets, printed them, no hassle at the train station. Beds were as comfortable as can be expected. Ised one of the private cars on the way back,not worth the higher price.
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express)
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Livitrans Express) :
the train was clean and comfortable, but at the raillstation was very difficult meet the righ train, nobady tell us information about the organization before the departure.
★★★☆☆ Mar 27, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
The ride was ok and comfortable enough but if the price were lower, I were rate it higher.
★★★★☆ Mar 26, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Sleeping beds were really comfortable. Staffs on board were very helpful too! But restroom can definitely be improved.
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Very comfortable way to travel to Sapa. Wish western countries would have buses like these.
★★★★★ Mar 20, 2017 (van VIP, Grouptour) :
Very nice and comfortable! Highly recommended
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
By far the most comfortable transport we have had in a month of traveling SE Asia.
★★★☆☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Orient Express) :
A bit worn carriage Ok trip ran on time and managed to sleep
★★★☆☆ Mar 11, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
Oriental Express excessively overpriced for what you get. Toilets dreadful.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
I purchased a 2 bed VIP on sp4 and got put on car #13 last one. the train very old the door would not shut properly and it had 4 beds.I would not recommend Go Asia to book with.
12Go response:

Dear Catherine Fraser

We apologize for any misunderstanding but 2 bed VIP berths do not exist and we make this clear with pictures of the cabin and the following note which is shown during the booking process and on the receipt you receive:

IMPORTANT: On Vietnam Railways 1st Class Sleepers are 'soft' beds with four (4) berths per cabin. VIP
Sleepers with 2 berths per cabin are ONLY on the privately run railway cars.

★★★★★ Feb 11, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Goede bus met lekkere brede stoelen. Een verademing tov andere bussen.
★★★★★ Feb 10, 2017 (train #SP3 VIP Sleeper 4x, King Express)
★★☆☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Orient Express) :
The train ride itself was not too bad. Would recommend paying extra and getting a private sleeper cabin if you are two people. The four sleeper cabins looked very cramped. Trying to find the place to collect tickets was a pain as there is more than one train station although only one train line. Most taxi drivers will take you to the wrong train station so make sure to show them the address.
★★★☆☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #SP1 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways) :
Very easy to book. Beds are quite hard and loud music was played randomly throughout the entire journey. Night trains are always an interesting experience! However it was an easy and reasonably comfortable way to travel.
★★★★★ Feb 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Sapa Express) :
Comfortable busses, good price, two stops between Hanoi and Sapa. Free pick up in the Old Quarter.

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