REUNIFICATION EXPRESS -MY EIGHTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I could happily write about a multitude of rail journeys to count as my ‘R’ entry, but have chosen Vietnam’s Reunification Express.

Hamish & I took the train from Hue to Ha Noi in 1998 as part if our tour up Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City.

This was an overnight journey on the train that celebrated the return to cordial relations between the North & South of the the former warring country.

Ben Hail River

The Ben Hai River, The Former Official Divide Between North & South

Despite the fact that we travelled at a snail’s pace, we loved the experience.

We shared our carriage with two middle-aged females who cackled as they spoke. We were handed a grey cardboard box a couple of hours into the journey, which contained our dinner. We ate the bread roll and drank the Sprite, whilst the two ladies were the grateful recipients of whatever the hot oily meal was.

We eventually rolled into the capital at eight in the morning for a fantastic final few days of our trip…….

HCMC

Ho’s Mausoleum In Ha Noi

2 comments

  1. Sounds fun. I love night trains!

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    1. Liam – you should like my forthcoming book then. Stuffed with a fair few overnight train journeys. Wilbur.

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