The Train Station
"When I return to the compartment that I share with three group members, I am surprised to see that my group members are busy putting up Christmas lights. How did they get there? As it turns out, a group member has brought Christmas lights. The fact that this combination with other useless things he seems to be carrying explains why he has such a large suitcase with him. Where I do my best to travel as light as possible, it seems that he has done his best to take as much stuff as possible without having to pay extra. Oh well, everyone makes their own choices.
Warned by Thanh, I don't buy food from the males who pass by with carts of food. Fortunately, the beer that is sold on the train is in cans. By seven, I finish the tuna sandwiches and the club sandwiches that I bought in Hue this afternoon."
Lao Cai Railway Station
Several trains run daily - between Lao Cai and Hanoi. Lao Cai Station is the last station of the Hanoi-Lao Cai railway, the Vietnamese part of the meter gauge Kunming-Hai Phong railway (the width of the track is exactly 1 meter wide in contrast to Europe). North of Lao Cai Station, the railway continues and crosses the Nanxi River into China, but then the train only carries freight trains and no passengers.
Train tickets to Hanoi (and other places in Vietnam) are available from the ticket office in Lao Cai and other official channels, such as the railways website. If you have booked a special tourist train, you can exchange your voucher for your ticket in the hall to the left (seen from the seat in front of the station) of the main waiting room. This counter opens approximately one hour before the train's departure. This hall is almost empty, but that's where you get your ticket.
There are several night trains to and from Hanoi every day. The journey takes about 8 to 9 hours and you pay about 20 Euro for a “soft sleeper”, depending on the train.
The Waiting Area
There is a simple restaurant on the train. But there are also people who sell food through the windows or walk around by the train during lunch time. There are many train stations serving between Lao Cai Station and Hanoi.
The "Victoria Express Train" is the most luxurious train on the Hanoi - Lao Cai route. Currently it is exclusively reserved for travelers who book a stay at the “Victoria Hotel and Resort Sapa”. The train runs daily, except on Saturdays. Book your resort stay in advance and have a confirmation ID ready when you book your train tickets. View the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa at the bottom of this page.
To continue traveling to other destinations, exit the station building and cross the square in front of the station. There you will find numerous taxis, buses and minibuses that can take you to a further destination (eg Sapa).
The bus station...
There are various facilities available in the station building, such as toilets and ticket windows, which travelers can use. This train station operates at the usual opening times. You should check these times. There are a number of food stalls near the train station. Travelers can take advantage of this at the stalls for snacks or drinks while they wait for the train. There are also parking spaces for friends or family members who want to say goodbye to their friends or relatives.
- Parking lots
- Food stalls nearby
Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
The Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa in Sapa is perched on top of a hill overlooking a valley nestled among the Hoang Lien Mountains. The area is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and Vietnam's highest peak - the 3,143-meter high Mount Fansipan. The hotel was built as a traditional mountain chalet with wooden furniture and a cozy fireplace.
Rooms offer a touch of local authenticity with traditional handicrafts yet provide the comfort of an international hotel. Enjoy appetizing dishes such as cheese fondue or raclette as you sip red wine at Ta Van Restaurant. When you're ready to book a room at Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, please enter your travel dates into the secure online booking form and click.
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