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2-berth train to sapa

I'm going to Vietnam in May and I'm looking to go to Sapa - is one night enough? Can anyone recommend a train with 2-berth cabins? How much are they? We're on a budget but I'm travelling with a light sleeper so think it's better if we have a private cabin. Thanks!

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3. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

Hello,

I found this site the most informative regarding the options for the trains (Carriage choices) from Hanoi to Sapa. We are travelling to VN in May also.

The availability of 2 berth cabins is limited. It appears that as an alternative a 4 berth cabin (total cost) is about the same as a 2 berth cabin.

www.traintosapa.com I posted this on Hanoi forum last week.

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4. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

Hi

One night is definitely not enough???

If you are a light sleeper,you might not be able to get any good sleep inside the cabin.

The noise level from the rail track is not conducive for this category of sleeper for the Hanoi >>Lao cai route

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6. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

We are doing the 2 berth "Royal Sleeper" in early May. Yes, costs twice as much per bed but with a 4 berth you would need to book 2 beds each! The thought of being in the "Royal Sleeper" appeals to me for some odd reason! There is one per carriage.

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7. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

You can choose TSC train, this train have a very good deluxe cabin and VIP once also, TSC train has new update and you can feel like at home when sleep on this train, I think the price will be US$ 61 per peson per way. You should go with this train.

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8. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

All the coaches of different companies going to Lao Cai are linked to one another to make a long train - the Royal Sleeper is the most expensive coach of the lot, but there are other companies offering not quite so posh coaches for considerably less. We booked a four berth compartment for the two of us, with a far cheaper company and were perfectly comfortable.

We travelled to Lao Cai on a Saturday nite, giving us Sunday morning to visit the Bac Ha Market and then one further day for the surrounds of Sapa. We were able to spend time wandering about in Sapa, and we made two interesting treks through the nearby villages. For us, that was quite enough.

Note that the trains come into Lao Cai very early in the morning - like 5,30 or 6.00am and that becomes a full day for sightseeing. You then spend one nite in Sapa itself. Then the next nite the train leaves Lao Cai at 8.30pm or thereabouts and so you really have two good days in the mountain area.

Despite what you think, and despite the rattling and shaking you WILL fall asleep on that train! Incidentally if you can, try to spend Sunday morning at the Bac Ha market - it is absolutley wonderful and a photographer's dream.

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9. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

It's good idea taking a private cabin. It is not very busy these days so I guess it will not be difficult to get the so-called VIP cabin (2 berth cabin). There are 3 trains a night at LC1 leaves at 8h45PM- arrives at 4h30AM (not recommended as it arrives to Lao Cai too early); SP1 leave at 9h15PM- arrives at 5h00AM (most of tourist carriages are on this train); SP3 at 9h55PM- arrives at 6h15AM (Victoria carrages are on this train). One night in Sapa is enough as you will have really two full days but if you would like to explore the further villages, you will not have time for Sapa twon itself.

Here are some hints for you to consider for day trekking:

- Trekking route to Cat Cat waterfall and Sin Chai village: 3.5 hours on a loop just down from Sapa market. There are two H'mong villages and a small waterfall. The scenery is quite okay though it is not very special compare to other places. Quite touristy. You can easily do it yourself.

- Trekking route to the Golden Stream Valley: 4 hours to Lao Chai and Ta Van. This is the most visited villages. There are two villages of Hmong and Dzay people. You can trek further about two hours to Giang Ta Chai village of the Dzao as well. Very nice scenery but mostly you are on the mortobike road. There is trail from Ta Van to Giang Ta Chai. The first two villages are quite touristy. There are lots of sell and everyone is ready to sell you something. But don't be too upset, if you do not want to buy, you must be straight saying: No thank you.

- Trekking route to Ta Phin and Matra: 4 hours to Red Dao and Hmong village. Scenery is quite nice but also problem in Ta Phin with selling. Say "NO thank you" if you don't want to buy.

Other further villages including Thanh Kim (Red Dzao) and Ban Ho area. It is suggest that you do a homestay in Ban Ho if you would like to explore this area. Some of very nice trekking routes and villages. Also less touristy.

A market day is also an interesting day trip. While Sapa is the center for trekking, the weekly market are mostly a little away from Sapa. Local people in their finest cloth gather in the market for selling and buying, for eating and drinking, meeting and making friends, exchanging stories...There is a market everyday but the biggest market in the area is in Bac Ha. Some other very nice markets including Can Cau (Sat- quite far so it is not worth if you have a very short visit); Binh Lu and Tam Duong Dat (Sun- very nice especially the scenery on the way); Muong Khuong, Muong Hum (Sun); Lung Khau Nhin (Thu), Cao Son (Wed), Coc Ly (Tue)...

Good luck.

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10. Re: 2-berth train to sapa

If I'm traveling alone and want to book a soft sleeper (in a 4 berth cabin), would I need to pay for all 4 beds & hire out the whole cabin?? It is not possible to share with others??

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