Train is almost an exclusive means to get to the rural town of Sapa. Traveling by road was taking too much time and effort, let alone the safety issue. Direct train line connects Hanoi and Lao Cai, from there it is another 45 minutes ride to Sapa. Most trains are overnight, taking up to 8 hours of travel and one often arrives in Sapa in the early morning.
1. Victoria Express
Generously boasting a classic yet luxurious style, Victoria Express train will bring to guest a strongly nostalgic feeling of good old times when each wheel of it rolls on the railway from Hanoi through provinces of the North. With the schedule of 6 departures in a week, Victoria Express takes 8.5 hours to send you from Hanoi station straight to Lao Cai station. The train is ready to serve up to 52 passengers with 2 high-class hand-crafted compartments offering ultimate tranquility and uncompromisingly wide views. Each compartments includes 6 Superior cabin (each cabin has 4 beds), 1 Deluxe cabin (with 2 beds). They are nicely installed with equipment for guests’ comfort such as air-conditioning, wood-paved floor, personal reading lights, luggage locker and large window.
In addition to those features, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional delicacies of Vietnam as well as Western gastronomy at its restaurant “Le Tonkin”. Best-tasting glasses of wine will be selected by the talented chef to contribute a memorable imprint on your dining times. On routes with dining carriage, a-la-carte menu or 4-dish set menu is available to bring out the best dining experience on train by pre-ordering when buying tickets. With its high service quality and modern equipments, Victoria Express stays firm at being the most luxurious and excellent train service from Hanoi to Sapa.
2. Sapaly Train
With an unceasing attempt to introduce the high quality carriage, Sapaly Express Train cares much about the essence of service to make sure that guests can fully enjoy their journey from the first moment they walk in and set their back on berth. What makes a stay on Sapaly Train truly enjoyable is revealed by the high-class interior that meets European standards. It is all eligible for guests to know in advance that they will pass the journey of 350 km from Hanoi to Lao Cai in just only one night with a wonderful sleep in the carriage which is like a luxury room in a four–star hotel. Each cabin has four comfortable and spacious beds with wooden furniture, soft pillows, blanket, graceful curtain, warm light system, and most modern facilities.
What Sapaly Express Train does bring tourists is a lovely remisniscence of Sapaly hotel with cabins of 3-star standard. Each carriage is designed only for 6 cabins instead of 7 cabins as usual, so each cabin is sure to be more spacious. Those cabins are bound to bestow on passengers a nice stay with deep sleep. Especially, Sapaly VIP 2 berth cabins are designed to dedicate to couples whose privacy is cared and placed on top of priority. Not just that, Sapaly Express Train staff members are always ready to offer guests the best customer care and complementary services like picking up for guests around Hanoi Old Quarter.
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