My boyfriend and I are traveling to Sapa for a weekend in October. I have read so much about how wonderful the Victoria train is, but I don't want to stay at the Victoria hotel, and unfortunately, that's the only way to book a ticket on the train.
The vast majority of posts about the trains to Sapa are focused on how Victoria is the best and everything else is unbearable. But I have to wonder if that's true. I know not everyone who goes to Sapa takes the Victoria train - so I'd love to hear about the experience and recommendation from those who have taken others trains.
Thanks in advance for your help.