Sapa, May 14th 2001
I made a mistake. I thought that the seat marked "24" even though it's on the backside means that that seat is seat number "24". I was ready to think that someone had taken my seat.
Sometimes this number is covered with the white cover sheet. If you don't pull up that sheet a little to make the number visible, you'll have people stopping by at your seat to pull up the white cover sheet.
Do you see the passenger on the right in my first photo above? She's wearing a red helmet. Probably she rode on a motorcycle to get to the station. I'm impressed that even on the train she has not yet taken of her helmet. I'm impressed how Vietnamese people keep the rule of wearing on helmets.