People tend to check in during these times:
Just passing through - nothing going to do.
Good thing that they have free wifi ooh hoo
Don't take a minibus!Read this before getting into the mini-bus scam at the station when trying to get to Sa Pa!! :
The aggressive 'mini bus' drivers tend to stack as many people as possible in their not so mini bus for 200.000 dong per person. Better negotiate a taxi to go to Sa Pa!
If an agent in Hanoi sold you a return ticket, chances are that you have to exchange it in the dodgy looking "waiting hall" on the other side of the street.
Ga Lào Cai là ga cấp 1 - Liên vận quốc tế Ga Lào Cai nằm tại Km 293+586 thuộc tuyến Đường sắt Hà Nội - Lào Cai - Côn Minh. Ga đóng trên địa bàn Phường Phố Mới - Thị xã Lào cai - Tỉnh Lào Cai
Free wifi and loads of cafe/restaurants to chill out in while waiting for the train.
Be aware of people who awkwardly walk too close to u.
keep your ticket.they collect it when you reach your destination
Lots of places to eat and get a beer, negotiate prices
Ask price before order
Crowded place. Luggage storage available for 20000d.