Trans-Viet Nam train journey through stunning landscape named among Asia’s best
Update: Apr 03, 2017
It won't be the most convenient or comfy train ride of your life, but a trans-Viet Nam trip will always be an unforgettable experience.

UK-based travel publisher Rough Guides has named the journey on the country's north-south rail link one of the best scenic routes in Asia.

The trip of more than 1,000 miles promises beautiful views of Viet Nam along the way. And while many passengers have complained about service quality, the globetrotters at Rough Guides have discovered only great things.

“Breakfast in the dining car is pot noodles in broth, served with fresh lime and chili. Enjoy it with cup of instant black coffee, drunk as the train chugs its way past buffalos grazing in rice paddies,” according to Rough Guides.

“Watch fishermen cast their nets as you pass the sea, just meters away from the tracks, before curving around the coast past deserted white beaches and lush rainforest,” it added.

Rough Guides has also recommended train journeys through Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Japan and Uzbekistan.

The north-south rail system in Viet Nam has been degrading after decades of use - it was completed by the French in the 1930s. With air travel becoming more affordable, more Vietnamese have stopped taking the train.

For many, a three-day journey from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City can be too long. But travelers who want something different than an easy one-hour flight will be rewarded with stunning scenery. Watch out for the breathtaking sights in central Viet Nam.

Tourists can also try the new service between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang for a weekend getaway, if a trans-Viet Nam trip seems daunting.