Traveling by train through the length of the country is a great way of seeing Vietnam as the local people, offering you an unforgettable local life experience. It is a way of becoming part of the scene and shedding the perspective of the detached onlooker.

Vietnam Railways is the state-owned operator of the railway system in Vietnam. The principal route is the 1,600 km (990 mi) single track North-South Railway line, running between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This was built at the metre gauge in the 1880s during the French colonial rule. There are also standard gauge lines running from Hanoi to the People’s Republic of China, eventually leading to Beijing, and some mixed gauge in and around Hanoi.

Vietnamese local train conditions will vary but for the most part, they will be of a comfortable standard. The scenery is particularly breathtaking and you will have the chance to meet a lot of smiling, warm-hearted people along the way.