Karaoke followed by a very long day of travel!
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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After 4 hours of sleep I felt surprisingly refreshed. Lucky because we spent most of the day travelling
Following the ferry ride to the mainland, we caught our 2 hour van ride back to Hanoi where we boarded our overnight train for Lao Cai. I have yet to make a decision as to whether Vietnamese trains are better than the Thai trains. With my train ride, Bangkok to Chiang Mai I had a bottom bunk which made it very comfortable. The lady above me went to bed early so I had the freedom to make up the bottom bed when I wanted to. The Vietnamese trains consist of small compartments of 4 beds... two bunks which are very close together. You wouldn't want to be very obese or have a disability... on this train journey, I shared with Claire, John and Dave. The train had a carriage for drinks etc. which made for a very enjoyable night. I slept surprisingly well until being awoken at 6am:( Yuck. There is nothing worse than travelling for such an extended period of time and being awoken so early. You could tell this amongst the other group members. Not happy!
On arrival in Lao Cai, we caught yet another vehicle to Sapa which is located 33km from Lao Cai, very close to the southern border of China. Alas, we checked into our hotel and relaxed for the rest of the day until taking a walk to the nearby Catcat village.