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Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi Express Train

 

Hanoi train station: 120 Le Duan Str., Hanoi

Laocai train station: Khanh Yen Street - Pho Moi Ward - Lao Cai Town - Lao Cai Province

 


Hanoi - Lao cai train stop at valley Lao cai, just 40 km from Sapa, so to reach Sapa you need to travel more 1 hour and a half by a public bus or private car. The bus stops at Sa Pa's main post office leaving you with a couple of minutes walk into town. From Sapa town it is aboVictoria Express Trainut 5' or 15' walk to your hotel. Ticket prices for a bus connecting to Sapa is $5 per person one way.

 

The Victoria Express Train

The best in terms of comfort and services from Hanoi to Lao Cai,  The Victoria Express train offers two luxury sleeping carriages, one restaurant connected to the train, all with air-conditioning. Victoria Express Train is only provided for Victoria in-house guests

 

Victoria Express Train schedule from 06 Nov 2006 to 31 Dec 2006

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Hanoi - Lao Cai

Departure time: 22:00

 2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

Lao Cai - Hanoi

Departure time: Mon - Wed, Fri & Sun: 21:15 Thus& Sat: 10:30

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC +1 DC

 

Victoria Express Train schedule from 01Jan 2007

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Hanoi - Lao Cai

Departure time: 22:00

 2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

No Train

2 SC

Lao Cai - Hanoi

Departure time: 21:15

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

2 SC +1 DC

2 SC

No Train

2 SC +1 DC

 

*** SC : Sleeping Carriage; DC: Dining Carriage ***

 

Victoria Express Train Tariff

 

 

Departures

01 - 21 Dec 06 & 04 - 31 Jan 07

01 Apr - 31 Oct 07

01 Oct - 31 Nov 06 & 01 Feb - 31 Mar 07

22 Dec 06 - 03 Jan 07

Superior (4 berth)

Deluxe  (2 berth)

Superior (4 berth)

Deluxe  (2 berth)

1 way

2 ways

1 way

2 ways

1 way

2 ways

1 way

2 ways

With DC

Weekday

76

97

98

147

86

105

106

155

1 WD + 1 WE N/A 127 N/A 177 N/A 125 N/A 185
Weekend N/A 157 N/A 262 N/A 165 N/A 260
1 Way with DC + 1 Way without DC Weekday N/A 85 N/A 125 N/A 95 N/A 135
1 WD + 1 WE N/A 110 N/A 155 N/A 120 N/A 160
Without DC Weekday 61 75 76 110 71 85 90 120

- All rates in US Dollars

- Weekday departures (WD): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

- Weekend departures (WK): Friday and Sunday

- One way ticket is not available on weekend departures

- Train schedule is subject to change without prior notice

Tulico Express Train
Tulico train offers comfortable air-conditioned soft sleepers. It is good and clean cabin, especially the deluxe 2 berth cabin ( for 2 persons only) between Hanoi and Lao Cai. While this is is not a luxurious train it offers good alternative transportation to get to Sapa from Hanoi. It is soft sleeper, A.C and clean 4 berth cabin. The train provide you one bottle of water, small snack and a napkin.


First class (4-berth wooden cabin soft sleeper with A/C): US$49 per person, return

Standard class: (4 berth cabin soft sleeper with A/C): US$39 per person, return

Ratraco Train
The Ratraco Express Train is designed with soft 4 berths and two toilet at either ends features 4 soft berth in each cabin with individual reading lights, baggage storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train provide also water and cold tower.

 

TSC Express Train
The TSC Express Train is wooden carriage, soft sleeper A.C cabin with soft 4 berths and two toilet at either ends. Each berth is equipped with individual reading lights, baggage storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train provide also water and cold tower.

First class: (4-berth Wooden cabin, soft sleeper with A/C): US$ 47 per person, return

 

Train Name

Hanoi - Laocai

Laocai - Hanoi

Cabin AC Soft Sleper

Return

Departure

Arrival

Departure

Arrival

Tulico Express Train

22.00

06.30

21.15

06.00

First class 4 berths

$49

Standard 4 berths

$40

TSC Express Train

22.00

06.30

21.15

06.00

Wooden Cabin - 4 berths

$47

Ratraco Train

22.00

06.00

21.15

06.00

Soft sleeper - 4 berths

$43

 

- All type of the train can be booked and handled to your hotel in Hanoi
- The train schedule is subject to change without prior notice
- Children under 5 years old: free of charge if sharing berth with parent; from 5 up: adult rate.

SAPA WHERE TO GO

For your information about the places to visit during your holiday in Sapa, we've made a small guide about thee best places. These are the places tourists have found most interesting and informative. We hope this guide will make your stay in Sapa more pleasant and enjoyable.

Sapa Love Market : Montagnards from surrounding villages, especially Red Dao people don their most customers and head to the market on Saturday. The girls try to hide in the dark shadow and sing the love songs to attract the boys. The boys try to find where the songs come from. If they are well matched they together into the forest for 3 days. Back from the forest, they can get married if they want. besides, some people also go to the market to their old girlfriend, or boyfriend whom they couldn't get married to for some reasons. The Love market takes place very late in the evening (from 10 P.M ).Be quiet and patient to discover it. Do not miss it !!!!

HamRong mountain (1,5 km from Sapa ):1750m hight. From here you can see the whole panorama of Sapa town. Ideal for walking 2,5 hours round the trip. The scenery is really wonderful. Discover the artificial orchid garden and enjoy the art show program of the ethnic minority group in Sapa at 10:30 am everyday &at 12:30 P.M every Friday and Saturday ...Entrance fee :20000 VND per pax

Catcat village (4 km ). You can go to Catcat by Jeep, motorbike or on foot, it is a small village of Hmong people, where you can relax beside the waterfall or visit the old power station of the French... Entrance fee :5000VND per pox .(US$20.00 per Jeep &US$ 20.00 per guide).Laochai-Tavan: Take a ca from Sapa to Laochai village (H'mong people) (9 km), Walking to Tavan village (12km),you will see the H'mong , Zay , Dao people and others dressed in the traditional style that is unique to the Northern region.(well-prepared boots or trekking shoes for a two hour trek through terraced).The driver will wait for you here and take you back to Sapa.

Tafin village (red Zao people ,Black Hmong). (15km ).You can reach Tafin by Jeep or motorbike.The trip takes tree hours. You can leave your car or motorbike at the entrance of the village and walk inside the village to visit the Red Zao, Black H'mong houses & experience their daily lives.
Female outfits vary but typically elaborate with silver- color beads and coins (the wealth of the woman is said to be equal to the weight of the coins she carries).Long locks of hair are tied up in to large red embroidered turban.

Thac Bac.(Silver Water fall) (13km).you can reach the Thacbac by motorbike or car. After climbing to the Silver Water Fall, 100m high, you can continue up to the highest pass in Viet Nam. The 2047m high Tram ton pass. Aside from magnificent views, the bizzare thing is how dramatically the climate changes. On the Sapa side of the mountain, you can often expect foggy, cold and generally nasty weather. Drop down a few hundred meters below the pass on the Laichau side and it will often be sunny and warm.

Binh Lu market (50km ) is one on the remote villages of Sapa. Diverse ethnic minority groups surround it, each maintaining its own language and tradition. These distinct people have developed an amazing variety of music, dance and handicraft. A big cave is also available for you to discover in Binh Lu

Bac Ha market (100km): Discover the most famous market of the region-Bac Ha market. Here you can meet all the different minority group of the region: Flower H'mong, Tay, F'la, Thai, Nung. The colorful market is well-known for its handicraft objects. The market only operate on Saturday morning. Depart from Sapa at 6am, you will be in BacHa at 9am. This is the good time to visit the market. On the way back to Sapa, it is possible to hop off in Laocai and catch the night train back to Hanoi.

Muong Hun market (75km):
It is quite hard to discover this area. This is the program for the strong ones. It is mountainous district like Sapa but have different ethnic minorities such as :Flower H'mong, Zay, Red Hmong, White Hmong, Tay, Thai, Nung, Tu Di,dao Tuyen. The market only operate on saturday morning. Depart from Sapa at 6am , you will arrive Muong Hun at 9am. After visiting the market you will go back to Laocai station. You can also visit Muong Vi cave and villages along the road on the way to Laocai.

Coc Ly market (95km): Join us for the amazing excursion of Coc Ly, the latest market discovered in the region, the only one operating on Tuesday. Depart from Sapa at 7am, you will arrive at Coc Ly at around 9.30am. This is the good tine to visit the market. After visiting the market, which is the most fresh and unspoiled market of the region, offering a wide range of different colorful ethnic minorities such as Flower C'mon, Black Dao, Tay , Fula, Lachi, Sandui and Nung....there will be an exciting boat cruise winding you through a breathtaking, out of this-world landscape where the mountain grow from water presenting their most hidden mysteries, including caves and tiny minority ...A picnic lunch box can be prepared for your most convenience....

 
 
 

 

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