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The Overnight Train From Lao Cai to Hanoi, Vietnam

There are approximately five trains every night from Lao Cai to Hanoi leaving at different times for the nine hour train ride. Hard class with wooden seats, Soft seats, trains with 6-berth compartments, trains with 4-berth compartments and the deluxe

Lao Cai is A Chinese Border Town in Northwest Vietnam

Lunch at one of the big tourist restaurants on the square at Bac Ha before driving back to Lao Cai where we’d take the 8:15 pm overnight train to Hanoi. Haven’t a clue what restaurant it was but if you

The Famous and Colorful Bac Ha Sunday Market, Northwest Vietnam

We missed Bac Ha Market in 2001 because of abominable weather. So much rain and mud, the roads were impossible (and impassable) and ex-Marine and I were really looking forward to finally getting here. The Bac Ha Market has a

Food, Glorious Food in Vietnam

Vietnam Restaurant Recommendations – Sapa and Hanoi had the best restaurants In Sapa, we ate at Sapa Lotus twice…View image…. Once for some tasty tuna sandwiches and the second time for really great pizza. The cost for three tuna sandwiches,

The Sapa Trek Continued Through Ta Van Commune, Northwest Vietnam

We learned quickly not to respond to a single question put to us by the Hmong. Sounds brutal but that was the only way they finally left us alone. When I played deaf and dumb, my Hmong shouted a final

A Day Trek in Sapa Valley, Northwest Vietnam

A major shocker when ex-Marine and I ventured into the lobby of the Royal View Hotel this morning. The lobby was filled with tour groups who had just arrived on the early morning train from Hanoi and other tourists already