Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh trip labelled one of premier Asian rail journeys
The rail ride between Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh has been labelled one of the finest in Asia by a prestigious Hong Kong magazine. The South China Post Magazine says the journey between the two Vietnamese cities offers stunning mountain and sea views and comes with a whole host of interesting stops en route.
The 1,700km journey takes in imperial Hue, the wonderful beaches of Da Nang and Nha Trang, and Hoi An and its plethora of historic sights and monuments. The Post says taking the train also does away with the need of listening to hectoring airport officials saying you have too many liquids, take off your belt and shoes and put your laptop in the tray.
The article quoted TS Eliot and his immortal line that the journey is more important than the arrival. Another two Southeast Asian rail journeys featured in the Post’s top seven.
The first was the luxury Eastern & Oriental Express trip from Singapore to the Thai capital of Bangkok. The other is the ride between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw in Myanmar. Pyin Oo Lwin is 80kms from Mandalay.
12GO ASIA notes that although it doesn’t provide reservations services for the Eastern & Oriental Express train, there are plenty of other options for the same route. The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh Reunification Train is one of the most popular online bookings.
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