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How to arrange your train tickets Hanoi to Sapa

 
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SunnieBell
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:43 am    Post subject: How to arrange your train tickets Hanoi to Sapa Reply with quote

You are planning for a tour to Sapa and the very first thing to make arrangement by yourself is to book train tickets.

There are about 20 train companies running on the route Hanoi - Lao Cai and return, there is not much different between the trains and you will be confused looking at the list of trains to Sapa. Depending on your budget you can find the suitable choice for you, here are some tips to buy train tickets Hanoi to Sapa:

One way fares Hanoi - Lao Cai range from 250,000 VND (12 usd) to 650,000 VND (32 usd) per person depending on the ticket type you select is bed or chair. Please note that train fare Hanoi to Lao Cai does not include meals on board. LC1 is slow train, running daily and stops at most of the stations on the route. LC1 train include the following class:
- Hard seats with or without air conditioning
- Soft seats with or without air conditioning
- Hard sleeper with or without air con on 3 levels
- Soft sleeper with or without air con on 3 levels
- Spare seats

Unless you are travelling on a very low budget passengers are recommended to book soft sleepers or seats, just contact any local travel agent to reserve train tickets to Sapa

Most trains to Sapa only travel in the evening, the first trip departs at 19.40 and the last train starts at 23.00, it takes about 8-10 hours from Hanoi to Lao Cai

There are many trains providing soft sleepers cabins for international tourists such as Livitrans train, King Express, Green Express, Orient Express, Tulico, Dong A express...

Some Vietnamese passengers save their money by booking hard seat and bring with them a small mat or a piece of cloth so that they can spread out under the seat, it's really an interesting and useful experience for passengers.

Sapa is one of the most popular destinations in north Vietnam, a lot of people visit Sapa in Tet (Lunar New Year) or national holidays. Passengers going to Sapa this time are recommended to purchase tickets at least 2 months in advance as you may have to pay double price if you buy tickets close to departure time. Fares at weekends from Friday to Sunday is more expensive than weekdays

Food and drinks are available for sale on train however the choices are pretty simple and passenger need to have dinner before boarding the train or you can buy food to eat in your cabin.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took this train last December.
There's Pho and tea on board and it is welcome. It's in the last car in a makeshift kitchen and the people are helpful. Make it a point to purchase food before undertaking the ride.
The sleepers are rudimentary and an adventure. The reading lights aren't. The train is very slow and the ride is not smooth.
The adventure is wonderful!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SPAM! Didn't they already post a spam thread about travel.

AND this post is just a copy and paste here is the same crap post on a pressure washing forum - http://pressurewashingresource.com/t/prepare-for-a-trip-to-sapa-by-train/5809

Time to delete thread and ban them.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scootERIK wrote:
SPAM! Didn't they already post a spam thread about travel.

AND this post is just a copy and paste here is the same crap post on a pressure washing forum - http://pressurewashingresource.com/t/prepare-for-a-trip-to-sapa-by-train/5809

Time to delete thread and ban them.



Don't you want to travel to Vietnam? Jeeze, dude.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FromHereToThere wrote:
Don't you want to travel to Vietnam? Jeeze, dude.


Nope, but I do want to rewatch the Top Gear Vietnam special where they ride scooters and a motorcycle the length of Vietnam. Probably the best episode of Top Gear.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scootERIK wrote:
FromHereToThere wrote:
Don't you want to travel to Vietnam? Jeeze, dude.


Nope, but I do want to rewatch the Top Gear Vietnam special where they ride scooters and a motorcycle the length of Vietnam. Probably the best episode of Top Gear.



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