A good nights sleep
Once on the train you can completely unwind, as you pass ricefields, villages, rocky mountains and green pastures with waterbuffalos. If you choose to travel at night, it is an excellent way going from A to B, saving you some time, without the hazzle and distress of checking in for a domestic flight, waiting time and airpoirt transfer.
When it comes to standard and classes, there are trains that are classified as SE, which are newer and faster, and the ones classified as TN are slower and older. You can choose between a hard or a soft seat, or if you prefer going on the night train, there is also the choice between a soft sleeper or a hard sleeper.
It is the national carrier Vietnam Railways who operate the railway system, but there are also private carriages tagged on the national carriers trains, offering comfortable and luxurious travels between Hanoi and Lao Cai.