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Vietnam Railways

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Vietnam Railways

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120 Le Duan Street, Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam
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Escape the bustling confines of Hanoi city, and breath the fresh air on this full-day rural Vietnam tour. With a local lunch of goat meat, fried rice and local fruits onboard, you’ll be fueled for an afternoon of action, taking in the scenery by both bamboo boat and mountain bike. See local villagers going about their daily lives as you come to appreciate a quieter slice of Vietnamese culture.
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James N wrote a review Nov 2020
21 contributions6 helpful votes
So looking forward to a trip to HCMC. Was assured of a vip 2 berth cabin. Turned out to be a 4 birth cabin. Was charged for a vip cabin but of course when we showed up, it was not as described. So sorry we have not updated our website. The service is just poor from the get go. We opted to not get on the train as it truly was a dump and not as advertised. Be very wary when dealing with the train service in Vietnam
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Geneats wrote a review Nov 2020
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I took train SE1 first class soft sleeper Hanoi to Da Nang, left 10:15 Monday night and arrived 2:30pm (about an hour late) Tuesday. CONS: - SMOKING: staff and customers smoking the entire time, and local cigarettes are particularly vile. the windows on the train don't open, and the tops of the first class cabins are open to the common hallway, so you can't escape the smoke and you can't let it out. the no smoking signs and rules mean absolutely nothing! no one bothers to smoke in between the trains or at a stop, where it is permitted. i woke up 5 times in the night because i literally couldn't breathe. walking to the toilet at 3am, 4 men were smoking in their bunks. i ended up dousing my face mask with perfume multiple times and wearing it the whole time just to endure. this alone was completely hellish and a total dealbreaker. - HUMAN EXCREMENT: the bathrooms are truly disgusting, and there is no place for parents of small children to attend them. local families with lots of small children ride the train instead of flying to save money (they buy one sleeping bunk for them AND their 2 kids). so, they will simply make your cabin into a bathroom for the kids! the mom in the bunk opposite me changed caca diapers and had her 5 year old kid urinate into diapers and water bottles all day and all night, in clear view of the rest of us, and threw the dirty diapers and bottles under her bed. again, this was a 15 HOUR TRIP WITH NO OPEN WINDOWS. -ROACHES: they serve hot food in the morning and people are constantly snacking with no way to clean up properly, especially the kids. it started out fine, but after a few hours roaches were everywhere. - NO PEACE AND QUIET: most smartphone users in vietnam don't use headphones, they just blast their facebook videos, tiktok and noxious music louder than the next person, all the time. the walls are obviously very thin, so even with my own headphones and earplugs it was a constant annoyance. - WHAT VIEWS? the views are not good except the last hour between hue and da nang! and those views are not visible from the cabin, only the hall. and parents blocked said views by crowding the hall and holding their kids up to the windows, even blocking the hall to prop the kids up on luggage. PROS: -NO ID REQUIRED: i took the train because extending my visa during covid means leaving my passport with a visa agent in hanoi for 3 weeks. i was unwilling to sacrifice 3 weeks of travel, but also unable to board a plane without a passport. local trains and buses are just as lax with security as they are with all the other rules. TLDR; so disgusting i still feel contempt a week later. i will never take the train in Vietnam again. 100x more disgusting than the sleeper bus, 1000x more annoying than the plane.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Camper828989 wrote a review Jul 2020
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VNR Train / Sleep cabin 1. Staff smoking along the trip from Nha Trang to HCM which take 10hr. The bad smell came into passenger room (air condition) every 1-2hr. 2. Staff came on the free bed cabin to charge mobile battery and play on it until he sleep. During he sleep he had bad snore with very lound that really bother passenger as i could not sleep well as expected before because i paid 820,000VND ($36) for this ticket. 3. Toilet, do not expect to use it on this train. You have to prepare yourself and drink less water...better not to use at all
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Cherie H wrote a review Jul 2020
Roumazieres-Loubert, France310 contributions56 helpful votes
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Everything, we expected basic and so were mentally ready for basic that is was. So we had a fabulous time! Staff friendly, cabin was great we booked a 4 birth cabin for the 2 off us, this was well worth the bit extra cost. We then had 2 mattresses on each bed ( well worth it as they are thin) we had great sleep dozed off listening to the carriage rock and roll along. There wer a number of stops along the way but each time we went back to sleep easily. The views and the coutryside and coast was incredible! What a gorgeous country!!! Food cart is available and they bring both hot and cold typical Vietnamese food. We are Vegan and dont eat processed foods either so took our own food on the trip. The trip took about 33 hours and as we rolled through this stunning country we were able to chill, read, and doze as having our own cabin made it all so easy. If you are happy with rustic and basic facilities this is such a great trip. The bathroom facilities are shared and bring earplugs incase your cabin is next to the loo if flushing through the night bothers you as the walls are thin. One of the highlights of our 10 days in Vietnam.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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c a wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our first sleeper train experience and we weren’t expecting much, and good thing. The train was not very clean, the toilet was disgusting and there was no soap to wash hands with. Within 10 minutes on the train we had spotted multiple cockroaches in our cabin and on the beds...
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Date of experience: March 2020
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