Train Ticket Hanoi to/from Sapa (Lao Cai Station)
- Duration: 1 day
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Organisation and communication were excellent. Our guide was absolutely fantastic: friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and really took care of members of our group who struggled and needed alternative arrangements to be made. Sapa is beautiful and this trek gives you a great experience of the region. They did an awesome job of avoiding the most touristy routes, so we mostly felt like we had the trails to ourselves. This is totally doable for anyone with a semi-decent level if fitness and a pair of trainers. The homestay even had wifi and hot water! The only thing that needs to be improved is the provision of drinking water: The only option was to buy plastic bottles, sometimes only small ones so we had to buy multiple. This was despite the fact that other drinking water was available (a couple of members of out group were allowed to have this, but only after threatening to complain). Overall a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend
The tour itself was good, but for the amount of money we pay for these tours, the local guides only get like $8 per day pay, so I personally dont know if this one was worth it. Perhaps its better to book a tour with your hotel, and research the best tour operator who pays the guides better. Also, no drinks are included with any of the meals, they all have to be paid for. And when you arrive back to Hanoi, you do not get a transfer back to the hotel, that was an annoying inconvenience to find out at 4am, when a bunch of drivers are swarming around you, trying to overcharge you. As well as that, we got no choice in either top or bottom bunk on the overnight train, and I got top bunks both times, which was really inconvenient.
I had a wonderful time in Sapa. Train was really interesting which made me sleep very well. It was very comfortable with soft berth and air-conditioning. Jenny - travel consultant was very helpful. She answered all my questions quickly, even at 5:00am early morning, when I didn't see my guide at train station, I called for her and she arranged everything perfect. Food was so yummy! The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Sapa was so beautiful that I wished I had more time there. Homestay was very clean and nice. Local people welcome us friendly. I will come back Sapa in the future soon and completely recommend anyone to Sapa. Thank you Jenny and Crossing Vietnam tour for very good organization!
I really enjoyed this tour! Everything was well organised and it went very smoothly. It was only a small trekking group of 3 + our guide which was great. And our guide Chau was absolutely fantastic, she answered all of our questions and told us lots of great information about the area and her village. The overnight train was very clean and comfortable - although if you are a solo traveler you will just be in a cabin of 4 with other members of the public, but that was still okay. The homestay was fantastic, the food was really great also. And there were enough opportunities for food and showers.
It was a lot of fun! The space is really small so take limited luggage. The station waiting area is not great but serves its purpose. The train is really noisy so we didn't get much sleep but we didn't really mind. The bathroom gets pretty messy!!