Sapaly Express Train - Good and Not Good?

Sapaly Express Train Sapa

Sapaly Express Train from Hanoi to Sapa is an interesting experience. 


  • The beds were hard, narrow and not very long, but surprisingly comfortable.
  • The linens were sparkling clean and the pillows are comfortable.
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste are provided along with disposable slippers.
  • The trek to the bathroom was a lurching one and not for anyone unsteady on their feet.
  • The toilets are not available until the train starts moving. They are not great and I would also use them minimally. But it is a good solution 
  • VIP 2 berth cabin at the Sapaly Express Train looks similar to the regular four-berth cabin except with the upper two berths folded.
  • In comparison with overnight trains in many countries in Europe, Eygpt, Russia and China. Sapaly is a reasonably comfortable experience.
  • There is no washbin inside the cabin but the toilet and sink at the end are reasonably clean throughout.