the train

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The state owned Vietnam Railway is connecting Hanoi and Hoh chi Minh City (Saigon) has a average speed of about 30 km/h and was built by the french colonists, opened in 1936.

A kind of antique experience, beautiful landscapes passing by, roadcrossings with motorcycles waiting, the rattling and shaking and snoring. During the Trip from Hanoi to Hue the train we shared a cabin with two local businessmen. The train was full.

Planned is a new railway until 2020 which would allow speeds of 300 km/h. Not just the sonic difference can be imagined!

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Vietnamin valtion rautatie kuljettaa matkalaisia maan halki pohjoisesta Hanoin kaupungista etelään aina Ho Chi Minh Cityyn, Saigoniin asti. Ranskalaiset rakennuttivat kiskot 1930-luvulla, ja rata on edelleen kuosissa. Vaihti tosin ei päätä huimaa, keskinopeus on 30km/h. Ehtiipähän nauttia maisemista.

Äänimaisema on myös kutkuttava. Keinuvassa tahdissa kiikkuen on mukava kuunnella kolinaa, jyskettä ja joskus kenties myös kämppäkaverin kuorsausta.. Yöjunat ovat parhaita. Tämä matka tehtiin Hanoista Huen kaupunkiin, makuuvaunun jaoimme kahden paikallisen miehen kanssa.

Tulevaisuudessa junamatka Vietnamin halki saattaa olla jotain muuta. Suunnitelmissa on uusi rata joka mahdollistaisi jopa 300km tuntivauhdin..

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2 Responses to the train

  1. sara says:

    so many memories coming to the surface through your posts!
    taking the night train in asia was such an experience. you look restful and peaceful there, did you dream sweet?

  2. tuutuutuu says:

    i like night trains, there is something special and magical in them. though i can´t remember my dreams, it was rather a dog sleep, waking up to strange sounds and bumps;) but still i like them.

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