SAPA TRAVEL: SAVE TIME BY OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Sapa is a mountainous area, belonging to Lao Cai province of Viet Nam. Thanks to stunning scenery, Sapa is really fascinating to many travelers and photographers. However, because Sa Pa is located in northwestern Viet Nam, a remote region, so traveling to Sa Pa will take a lot of time. If you want to save your time, you can choose an overnight train from Ha Noi to Lao Cai.

Train-Ha-Noi-Lao-CaiFrom Lao Cai, you can take a shuttle bus or local bus to reach to Sapa (shuttle bus is better if you bring along a lot of luggage).

This train includes two main categories: express – taking 8 - 9 hours, signed as SP and low – taking 9 - 10 hours, signed as LC.

Train name

Itinerary

Departure hour

Arrival hour

Kind

SP1

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

21h10

5h25

express

SP2

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

20h05

4h35

express

SP3

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

21h50

6h15

express

SP4

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

20h45

5h10

express

SP5

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

19h40

4h22

express

SP6

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

18h55

3h40

express

SP7

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

20h35

4h50

express

SP8

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

19h30

4h05

express

LC1

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

22h00

7h22

low

LC 2

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

21h20

6h55

low

LC 3

Ha Noi – Lao Cai

6h10

16h35

low

LC 4

Lao Cai – Ha Noi

09h15

20h15

low

 This information above is just for reference. It is not exact completely and some parts can change a bit, especially departure hour, but the it is still at night.

On my last Sapa tour, when came back Ha Noi, I booked an overnight King Express ticket of tourist class on SP8. The train departed at 18h50 and arrived in Ha Noi at 4h55.

The cabin is paneled wood, has 4 beds, an air-conditioner, a lamp for reading and a relatively wide luggage compartment above. The train has a corridor leading to cabins.

A IMG_2678IMG_2679A IMG_2681A IMG_2685During the journey, the train just lightly swayed, but sometimes it suddenly shook quite dramatically. Sound of the train’s engine is quite noisy. Although that, I and others still slept well. Maybe because I have been familiar with noise of my city since I was born.

I and my friend stayed at the same cabin with two Indian people, the father and his daughter. We talked about travel. In other cabins, everybody also talked happily. At about 21h, most people went to sleep.

When the train was about to reach to the final station, the train staff awoke us by knocking at the cabin’s door. We woke up, brushed teeth, washed face and wait a few time before reaching to the eventual station.

I am quite satisfied with this train journey because I slept well. To me, sleeping is really important. And specially, traveling overnight while I rested, not in day, so I could save time for moving.

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