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Short weekend getaways by train

Text & Photos by Nguyen Trung Au

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The history of Vietnam’s railway system dates back to 1881, when the first railway line between Saigon (now known as HCMC) and My Tho in Tien Giang Province was constructed. Just four years later, on July 20, 1885, the inaugural train journey departed from Saigon’s railway station. This station has played a pivotal role in rail transport, connecting Saigon to central and northern regions ever since.

Situated in Dong Nai, the Bien Hoa Railway Station lies approximately 29 kilometers from Saigon’s station. Recently, both locals and tourists have been eagerly embarking on short train journeys, particularly on weekends, from the historic Saigon Railway Station to Bien Hoa Railway Station.

The route operates daily, offering six journeys per day. The round-trip ticket prices vary from VND90,000 to VND110,000, depending on the seat class.

Saigon Railway Station boasts a rich history
Inside Saigon Railway Station, a charming corner awaits travelers
Attendants on each train car are readily available to assist passengers
Passengers aboard the train traveling from Saigon Railway Station to Bien Hoa Station have the option of choosing seats or beds
Passengers receive assistance with their luggage as they board the train
Bien Hoa Railway Station in Dong Nai Province welcomes travelers
The train pulls into the Bien Hoa Railway Station
A young passenger stands aboard the train, admiring the scenic views
An attendant assists a customer with their luggage upon arrival at the station
A technician conducts an inspection inside the train car
Passengers disembark at Saigon Railway Station after completing their journey
A train journey during the late sunset hours offers a picturesque experience

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