Night train to Nha Trang

One of the many cultural adventures I’ve had the interesting pleasure of taking part in while on my Southeast Asia tour is the Vietnamese night train. Seen as an easy and inexpensive way to cover more of the country without taking time out of your trip. The train from Saigon to Nha Trang is the first out of three that we will take on this tour of Vietnam and lasts about 8 hours.

Not having any prior experience with a night train, my expectations were all over the place. I am happy to report that the night train to Nha Trang is quite nice and very comfortable. We were in a soft sleeper, which fit 4 people to a room and included a tv, outlets and a small table to put your things overnight. Each bed had a pillow, sheets and a duvet and the cabin was nice and cool. We planned ahead of time to be with our travel buddies, Russell and Marion, so it felt like a fun sleepover. Below are some photos of us and our group waiting in the train station.20140724-180323-65003903.jpg

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Once we were inside the train, it took us about an hour to get situated. There was only one bathroom at the end of each cabin with a western toilet and a sink, which is all you need for an overnight trip. We did find some interesting items like a tissue and sock at the end of Marion’s bed and some random shoes left behind, but it just added to the hilarious experience of riding this train. While they did not serve food, you could bring your own or buy from a little cart that came down the cabin. Sadly, there were no chocolate frogs or Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.

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We arrived balls early in Nha Trang (around 4:30 am) and couldn’t check into our hotel room, so we headed down to the beach to see the sun rise. It was a spectacular view, but the even crazier part was the hundreds of locals who were there at 5 am to watch the sun rise while they swam and exercised with their families. I had never seen anything like it, but between the beauty of the sunrise, the serene lapping of the waves on the shore, and the comforting laughter of the locals enjoying their swim, it easily was one of my favorite experiences on this trip.

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