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Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to go to Sapa

Cabin in train
A 350 km from Hanoi, Sapa is now becoming a pretty tourist destinations due to the conditions of transport and accommodation. If you do not have much time, but you love the mountains and discover the culture of ethnic minorities, Sapa is an adventure destination to complete your trip to Vietnam.

Travel to Sapa by train / TGV!

There are several train day and night in Hanoi to Lao Cai - the train station to the Vietnamese and Chinese border closest to Sapa. But the night train seems most convenient to Sapa because with 10 hours of transfer and a comfortable bed in an air-conditioned cabin, you can sleep. It is difficult for some people to fall asleep on the train because it is quite noisy. I called the TGV train in Vietnam, it is not "high speed train", but "the train of high vibration."

There are 4 trains at night with the timetable departure from Hanoi at 19:40 SP5, SP7 at 20:35, at 21:10 SP1, SP3 at 21:50. Train tickets are national for sale directly to the Hanoi train station (120 Le Duan street) but to book the cabins higher investment by private companies, you should look at travel agencies. A series of railway privatized Victoria Express, Fanxipan Express Train Sapaly, Livitrans, Tulico Train Ratraco Train, Royal Express ... give you much choice. Among these providers, Victoria Express is the most expensive - about $ 100 per person 4-berth cabin for a spin and you must necessarily reserve your room at the Victoria Sapa hotel. The other choices are less expensive and more flexible in price from 35 to 40 USD per person in 4-berth cabin for a spin.
Night trains arrive in Lao Cai at 5:00 to 6:00 the next day, the local buses are available for the short 35km transfer Lao Cai - Sapa to 40,000 VND (U.S. $ 2) per person.
During the day, there are 2 train LC1 and LC2 but the journey is long because the trains stop at all stations.

Sapa  by local bus

The local bus is another option for independent travelers. With the departure of the My Dinh station, the bus schedule Hanoi - Sapa are 5:30 p.m., 18:00, 20:30 and 21:00. In fact it is the night bus and there are sowing beds and seats. With 9 hour drive to Sapa even less expensive bunting and months (280,000 VND = 14 USD), the bus is quite reasonable for young backpackers.

Travel to Sapa by motorcycle

Renting a bike is easy to Hanoi price of 10-12 USD per day and you are in charge of gasoline. The route Hanoi - Sapa is quite good but dialogue. Landscapes are more beautiful if you take the road through Nghia Lo, My Cang Chai and Than Uyen. You must provide more or less 10 hours away, the picturesque Northwest and the rice terraces are for photo stops missed. The mopeds and motorbikes for rent are available at local tourist offices in the old quarter of Hanoi.