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Telegraph: Vietnam’s north-south express train worth a try
Nguyen Quy
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Telegraph: Vietnam’s north-south express train worth a try

Nguyen Quy

The U.K-based Telegraph has recently unveiled a list of the top 10 best train journeys in the Asian region worth a try for international visitors in 2018, and it comes as a great surprise as Vietnam’s North-South railway line is on the list.

In an article compiled by travel writers on the website www.telegraph.co.uk, international travelers are recommended to take a tour on the express train Thong Nhat (Reunification) connecting Hanoi and HCMC, Vietnam’s two biggest metropolises, and running through many famous tourist destinations such as Hue, Danang and Nha Trang.

According to the U.K-based prestigious newspaper, it would be a new and fascinating experience for passengers to sit on the 1,600-kilometer journey and admire the wonderful and peaceful landscapes of ancient pagodas, paddy fields and farmers under conical hats.

Last year, the UK-based renowned travel site Rough Guides also named the route one of the most scenic in Asia, where passengers can watch buffalos grazing in pastures near rice paddies and fishermen casting their nets in the sea as well as deserted white beaches and rainforests.

Vietnam’s railway line boasts a deep-rooted history as the French built the country’s first railway section spanning 70 kilometers from Saigon to My Tho in the Mekong Delta in 1881, marking the birth of the country’s railway system.

However, the rail transport service has faded in recent years, given the poor quality of services and the rise of budget air travel.

Obviously, Vietnam Railways Corporation is making efforts to revive the popularity of the rail industry by launching a five-star train service for the routes from HCMC to the coastal resort town of Nha Trang and from Hanoi to the northern highlands town of Sa Pa last year.

Additionally, the company earlier this month put into service six high-quality trains for its Hanoi-Saigon route.

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