In one day and night from Cat Ba Island - Hanoi - Sapa.
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On the 29th we took the boat back to Hai Phong, with the bus again to Hanoi. There we arrived around noon and bought a train ticket for the night train, departuring around half past ten. This time we took the hard sleeper (thinner matrasses and six people in a cabin instead of four). Because we had some spare time and had seen enough in Hanoi we went to the movie, Alice in Wonderland in 3D. That, with a dinner at the mc donald, was a welcome relief after one month travelling through asia. After the movie we returned by motorbike taxi to the trainstation. Super stupid, but we got into the wrong train that just went shunting. An empty train.. When the train stopped again and we wanted to go to our real train that train just left. Then began a race against the clock. With a taxi through the crwoded and busy Hanoi to the next station. We shouldn't have arrived there one minute later. We could just get on the train. It really was a miracle. After all a 'nice adventure'. After nine hours in the train, and lucky enough a good sleep, we arrived in Lao Cai. With a lot of rain again. In Lao Cai we took the local bus to Sapa. Made some pictures by the Chinese border and drove to Sapa. There we found a really good hotel for 15 dollar for three persons. A room with a huge terrace with an awsome view over the village and valley. With our own fire place, warm shower and electric matrasses. A good place to stay for a few days.