Hi, I'm planning a trip to Vietnam in April next year and part of my trip will include the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa (return) and Hanoi to Halong Bay (overnight on junk boat). I can't imagine taking a big suitcase on the overnight train or on the overnight junk boat at Halong Bay. I also need to get from Hanoi to Hoi an by plane so quite a lot of travelling around. How do people go about dragging their luggage from place to place?
My trip will pretty much be as follows:
3 nights Hanoi
1 night overnight train to Sapa
2 nights Sapa
1 night overnight train to Hanoi
1 night Halong Bay
4 nights Hoi an
Also once in Sapa, is it easy to hire a motorbike and see the sights without a guide? We would like to visit some local tribes, cycle and trek the countryside.