Travelling by Train
"We did the 13 hour overnight train and booked the soft bed via baolau.vn. You can request lower bunks (recommended). Apparently the SE1 train is the newest. I was actually pleasantly surprised how clean and comfortable the train was. We were in a four bed cabin. Power points on lower bunks, water bottle each, some chocolate wafers, proper pillows!
The train bumps and jolts a lot but I actually got quite a lot of sleep, and I'm a light sleeper. No one was being that noisy really. Was chilly when we first got on because of the air con, but then got kind of warm during the night, they must turn it down. Toilets aren't great, they get pretty wet as the water sloshes about everywhere but they're OK. Overall I was really pleased and would definitely use it again."
The Railway Station
The Ga Saigon (Ho Chi Minh station) - is currently the most modern railway station in the south of Vietnam. It has good facilities and well-appointed waiting room. Ho Chi Minh City railway station is located in District 3, at the most crucial social and economic center in the south of Vietnam.
The station serves more than one million passengers and thousands of tonnes of goods per year. It is expected that this number will increase rapidly in the near future. The construction of the new Saigon station took five years to 1983. It is an important distribution center for the southern railway network.
Train from Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Railways (VNR) is the operator of the railway network from the north to the south. Currently, it has some modern five-star trains, which are even equipped with WIFI.
They are going to build more of these new trains.
The trains run through the beautiful scenery along the coast, which makes the trip very adventurous. You have the option of choosing between a day train and one night train.
Because the trains in Vietnam take often quite a long time to travel. You are usually assigned to the night train. However, this will save you another night in a hotel. Despite everything, travelling by train through Vietnam is a very nice experience.
Night trains are more comfortable than day trains. The night trains run in shorter time than travelling by day.
The Railway Network
"We took the train from Danang to Dieu Tri a 6 hour trip in a A/C recycling seat, a porter helped find the carriage and load the bags at a cost of 50000 , the seat are ok with a fold down tray , food & drink trolleys are regularly coming around with cheap and tasty food available . Hot water also available if you bring your own noodles . 10 minutes from our destination the conductor came to inform us to prepare to get off. Overall a good experience."