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  • Writer's pictureAmit Tandon

Train in Vietnam - Part I

The train journeys in Vietnam were an adventure in themselves. They were not just a way to get from one place to another, but they were a chance to connect with the locals and understand their way of life. As soon as I arrived in Vietnam, I knew that I wanted to explore the country in the most authentic way possible. That's why I decided to travel by train. The train journeys turned out to be the highlight of my trip.

My first train ride was from Hanoi to Sapa. It was a spooky train at the beginning, and I was the only person in my coach until a German couple joined. Later at night, a lady boarded the train with a Piniaca. Although we didn't speak much, her warm gesture made me feel comfortable.

My next train journey was from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. It was an early morning train, and I was a bit sleep-deprived from the overnight bus ride from Sapa to Hanoi. As soon as I boarded the train, I was offered a glass full of local alcohol and some meat wrapped in leaves by a large family traveling on the train.

The alcohol was potent, and I fell asleep on my seat. When I woke up, I panicked and rushed to the gate to get off at Ninh Binh station. But to my surprise, the train had not yet reached my destination. I felt foolish but relieved that I didn't miss my stop.

The train journeys in Vietnam were more than just getting from one place to another. They were an adventure in themselves. The scenery outside the train window was breathtaking, and the sounds of the train were soothing. I enjoyed watching locals selling food and drinks on the train, and it was fascinating to see how they had mastered the art of balancing on a moving train. More to come

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