The trip started with pick ip from our hotel - on time, comfortable van. The overnight train ride was OK (expected to be bumpy and noisy - probably an issue... read more if you’re a light sleeper), we had a 2-berth cabin, toilet was rather small.
Reached Lao Cai and driver was ready to drive us to Sapa. A little bit confusion over which hotel we’ll be staying at but it was all sorted out. Happy that the hotel provided breakfast even we have not checked in (we arrived early morning), luggage storage was available and there were clean shower rooms with towels provided.
Left the luggage at the hotel, showered and we were off to the Day 1 trekking. Nice, friendly English-speaking guide - named Mims. Easy/ low elevation trekking, beautiful padi-terraces scenery. The rice we just about to be harvested, it was perfect timing. Day 2 trekking was a little bit harder with steps to get to the two waterfalls. At the end of day 2 we were back at the hotel, showered, picked up the luggage and were sent to the train station to get back to Hanoi.
Overall a superb experience! Than you Mr John and all the guide/drivers