The Reunification Special SE5 train from Hanoi to Points South

Today is a transit day on the Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City train. I’m sitting in my sleeper berth after the dinner meal. They serve huge portions of rice, veggies, some meat and an egg. All for about 1.73 USD. It was the same for lunch. Now we’re set for the night. The train trip is pretty cool once you leave Hanoi and the northern parts of Vietnam. You get into a huge forest with streams and rivers, rice fields and farmers. It’s a completely different look to Vietnam.

We’re going to be at the halfway point here in a bit. I think Danang is close to it. The train is called the Reunification special and I think there are 3 or 4 of them. The trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City covers almost all of Vietnam. There are two or three different passenger classes. There are hard wooden benches, soft chairs and then the sleeper berths. Each berth holds 4 people or more kids and people.

Tomorrow will see us way past the halfway point and we will get to Ho Chi Minh City at some point in the evening. From there it’s a 15 minute cab ride to the Homestay I am at for a month.

I think the train travel here let’s you see a completely different Vietnam and the people are a mix of western backpackers, students, families and workers. It now gets a bit quieter as the kids calm down a bit after dinner and the train rambles on. The sun has just about done it’s disappearing act and it’s the quiet evening time.

An amazing day on the train!

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.