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Not As Described But still ok ...

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Reviewed May 14, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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Good experience if you are lucky

We booked Orient express and got a last moment response form the train guys , saying its full and i... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2018
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May 14, 2018
“Not As Described But still ok ...”
Mar 4, 2018
“Good experience if you are lucky”
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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14 Tran Quy Cap str, Dong Da dist, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 2241 1617
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Reviewed January 5, 2019

The train pretty much looks exactly like the pictures. That said, pictures are pretty nondescript and can give you hope or anxiety. For us, any hope was unfulfilled. The cabins are tiny. Staff unhelpful and don’t speak much English if that is important to you....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank steveq666
Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Fanxipan Express is neither luxurious nor professional - definitely not worth the extra money! The cabin was filthy - the floor looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months & there were cockroaches scuttling around all over the floor. The air conditioning was switched off,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LEH1_11
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We paid double to have the private cabin, hair on the pillow and lining The price you are requested to pay for such a horrible cabin is crazy Better go by private car faster and more comfortable

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank corrapaola
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Not the best!was expensive so expected more than what we got. Got on at hanoi the staff in the station not too helpful and bearly aknowleged you. If you book online there is a fanxipan shop front across from the station where you need to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HalifaxColette
Reviewed August 21, 2018

The train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is really just a sleeper train and not much else. We looked for a dining car to get a drink, but nothing like so available (though you can buy a beer from the food carts that come by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NinaMarieC
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We were also among the naive tourists who thought of this ride as being a romantic experience. It’s not. We took the 2 person VIP berth, which is just a 4 person berth without other people, but then more expensive than when you pay four...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Lotus_1987
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Read the reviews here about the different types of train carriages (cabins?) from Hanoi to Lao Cai and decided to do Fanxipan Express. The bed is hard, so is the pillow. There is only myself in the whole cabin as this is low season. Hence,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SoloTraveller_K
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Pretty sure I’ve had a fever dream once and it was exactly like riding on this overnight train. Don’t expect to get any sleep, the train is loud and not exactly the smoothest ride. Pro tip: bring a towel or blanket to lay down on...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank jackielO4322BC
Reviewed March 4, 2018

We booked Orient express and got a last moment response form the train guys , saying its full and i need to pay extra for an alternative (which is fanxipan). which at first really made me think twice whether its a scam. Anyway, we boarded...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank saumajit_das
Reviewed February 1, 2018

We used this overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai en route to Sapa. Boarding was well organised. We had a four berth carriage for the two of us and this gave us enough room, including our cases. There was water and some snacks provided...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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January 17, 2018|
Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
I didn't the trip was part of an organised tour, sorry