If you are very interested in travelling by train from Ha Noi to Sa Pa, you can book the ticket before on internet or with any agency, but now it’s very easy when you buy the ticket direct at the train station with the best price. It takes you abou 8hours on the train and 1 hour with the bus from Lao Cai train station to Sa Pa, you can sleep well on the train and always ready for all day to visite Sa Pa.
It’s wel with tourist who need a quick transport to Sa Pa, because it take only 5 hours on the bus from Ha Noi to Sa Pa directly. But sometimes you will arrive Sa Pa in very early in the morning (about 2 to 4am), so you should book for any accommodation and you can be sure that you can check in at that time or you can continue to sleep on the bus with any bus company.
Private Car/ Taxi
It’s one of an easy way for tourist who don’t want to walk too much, but you can see some wonderful destination in Sa Pa like, Silver waterfall, Ton pass, Love waterfall; Taphin village; Huong hoa valley; Ancient Stones… with the same price for the private car or taxi here. You can contact with you accommodation before of you can contact to driver directly on the street, but remember to talk about the price before decide to use any service here. Because of steep and winding road so normaly it’s more expensive than other provinces.
This is the best choice for young people or tourists who are very interested in discover the different destinations by themselves with a special feeling. You shoul do it with the nice weather, because it’s very dangerous if you drive in the mist or rain. You can rent the moto bike in any shop on the street or you hotel.
This option for tourists are very interested in doing in some slow way to visite some village of local people in Sa Pa. But you shoud choose to do it in nice weather. You can book the bycicle tour before with any agency to have the best and safe bycicle.