So when we returned from Halong we kill a couple of hours then jump on the night train to Lao Cai, we had booked the Tulico Wooden deluxe cabin for 4 again thru hotel for $20 each way and all was in place and ok,
The Tulico cabin is very good clean and spacious with air con, NB there is no food or drink provided by this service so bring your own or buy from vendors along the way.
One sleep and 10 hours later we arrived in Lao Cai for mini bus transfer to Sapa.
Arrived at Baguette and Chocolate Sapa and was really pleased with the hotel, very clean and smart reception dining area and clean and crisp linen on beds, bit of mould staining to ceiling but no wonder in the damp winter climate.
I, at this time had a case of deli belly so left the rest of the party to explore Sapa and stayed close to the toilet in our room, enough said about that!
We got a tour guide to come to Hotel to plan 2 day trips around the area.
So after negotiations we agree for trip thru the Tram Ton pass visiting Minority villages along the way, and do trekking through the valley at Lau Chai and see waterfalls for 4 people inc lunch pick up 8am return 5pm $80.
And the next day we go by Russian jeep through a different valley more minority villages and finally hot spring bat beautiful sitting in the hot water surrounded by mountains, peace and the sound of the river running through it.