Sapa was a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Hanoi. I caught the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai in a 4 berth cabin. As we left Hanoi the train was bouncing all over the tracks and I thought I could actually get sea sick on land! Luckily the ride calmed down and I was able to enjoy the ride.

I was glad when we arrived at the platform that I had pre-booked a pick up from the hotel as the entrance to the station was a little bit of madness. It takes about an hour to drive from Lao Cai to Sapa and, if you can stay awake, the views are gorgeous.



I had 3 nights in Sapa and I could’ve happily stayed longer.

I explored the hillside gardens within the township…

Went on a day long trekking trip…

And enjoyed the delights of Le Gecko restaurant and its dessert cabinet.


Travel Tips

  1. The air conditioning on the trains is turned up high. Even though each bed is supplied with a blanket I was grateful to have a merino top to put on. If you are on the top bunks you’ll definitely need another layer.
  2. If you are wondering what to do for dinner on the return trip from Sapa to Hanoi then look out for restaurants that do you a takeaway sandwich. I got my from Le Gecko and it was the easiest way to eat.


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