Traveling through a foreign country by train is almost always an interesting experience. Make that country as unique and magical as Vietnam and it’s exhilarating. Do it with your 2 young children and the trip quickly becomes unforgettable.
We started our trip in Hanoi and finished in Ho Chi Minh City and generally followed the coast down the length of the country. Here are a handful of memories I captured on 4 different train trips around Vietnam.
Buying some snacks before boarding the train in Hanoi.
You know the train has arrived when everyone else stands up.
A semi-chaotic scramble to get on board.
Tickets please. In our sleeper cabin, from Hanoi to Hue.
A good morning to sleep late. The train is 4 hours behind schedule.
The coastline between Hue and Danang.
Breakfast on the train. Two choices: pho with beef and pho without beef.
A seasoned traveler killing some time in the dining car.
I'm pretty sure our train was just heading in for its yearly cleaning.
This lady had one pair of scissors she used to cut through the chicken. And to cut the tape. And to separate the plastics bags. They were wonderfully multipurpose.
When we weren't eating chicken we were watching the stunning scenery pass.
Leaving the train in Danang.