The North–South Railway in Vietnam connects the capital Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It is 1,726 km long. Sometimes, this line is called The Reunification Express – it’s because the railway was cut when Vietnam was divided into north and south (in 1954) and later resumed unifying the country once more (1976). Altogether, there are eight UNESCO world heritage sites in Vietnam.
Me and my two friends (Mathe and Sonja) traveled across the country with one stop – approximately in half of the way – in Hoi An. The sleeping train becomes our temporary hotel. We tried to sleep during the night and observe the scenery during the day.
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The weather was a bit foggy most of time, but this did not take away any of the beauty. For the most part, the railway follows the coastline of Vietnam and we have seen some amazing rice fields and rural areas on the way.
In this photo essay, I would like to share with you the views from the train and also few behind the scenes photos of the train. Enjoy!
Keep in mind that you will need visa to travel to Vietnam. I visited it from Taiwan and it was rather uneasy. I had to find and visit Vietnam embassy two times – first to apply for the visa and second time to pick them up. It was quite time-consuming. But I got good news for you – don’t have to waste this time
I highly recommend to get visa on arrival. You can get them via https://www.vietnam-visa.com/, the #1 visa provider with over 10-year experience in Vietnam. It is safe and you can arrange it from home.
If you are already visiting Hanoi, it is definitely worth to take a day trip to Halong Bay. I did it at it was an amazing experience. I could imagine spending even multiple days there. There is more information about choosing the right Halong Bay Cruise, find more info here.
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