If you’re headed to Sapa in Vietnam you’re going to want to take an overnight train.
Depending on the train you take, this can be a very pleasant or unpleasant nights journey. Trains vary in comfort, cleanliness and accommodations. I’ve had an opportunity to research and try a few and I highly suggest the Orient Express!
All normal overnight trains in Vietnam are very affordable, but they also sleep 4 people. This means, if there are two of you traveling together you’ll be put into a berth with two other strangers. If you’re anything like me, I like to meet strangers, but I don’t necessarily like to sleep next to them in the dark, in a foreign country, on The Orient Express.
So if you’re traveling in a pair (or with four of you) and you want to travel in style and I comfort, I suggest buying 2 VIP Orient Express tickets (or 4 Deluxe berth tickets), to rent out a whole berth for yourselves and have the best overnight train experience to Sapa possible! They will even give you some drinks and snacks for your journey 😉
Here’s a link to the Orient Express train VIP and Deluxe Beth train tickets