You have two ways to go from Hanoi to Lao Cai and Sapa.
Firstly, you can choose the trains. Many travelers like this way because it is safer and they can book the nights trains. This economizes the time of travel. You can refer to the site of Vietnam railways at http://www.vr.com.vn. Many companies supply the tourist compartments: Ratraco, Tulico, Et Pumkin, Victoria Express, Fansipan, Royal... in purpose to encrease the quality of the train in comparison to the ones of the goverment. They have the better conditions on these tourist compartments: water; food; fruits; air conditioner; luxious bed and all have staff to take care of the clients.
Secondly, you can travel by bus. Since September 2014, the Vietnamese Government inaugurated the Express Way linking Hanoi and Lao Cai on 265 km. It makes your itinerary easier and saves your time. It takes you now 3,5 hour from Hanoi to Lao Cai and then 45 minutes to go up to Sapa. You can also think about leaving the Hanoi Airport to go straight to Sapa instead of going to Hanoi (it take around 1 hour or even sometime 2 hour when traffic jam).
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