Why trains are the best way to get around Vietnam...
Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable & inexpensive, theideal way for independent travellers to get around and see Vietnam at groundlevel. The train journeys are an experience in themselves, and become anintegral part of your visit to Vietnam. You might even meet some Vietnamesepeople. Inexperienced travellers sometimes think they'll save time by usinginternal flights - in fact, an overnight train ride from Hanoi to Hué or Danangactually saves time compared to flying, because the train leaves Hanoi citycentre in the evening and arrives in Hué city centre next morning, but it's morethan this, the train journey is a genuine Vietnamese experience, flying is awasted opportunity. Flying takes 4 or 5 hours out of your sightseeing day ingetting to a remote airport, checking in, taking the flight itself, collectingyour bags and getting back into the city centre. And the sleeper train saves ahotel bill, too. And what's the rush anyway? Air-conditioned trains withsleepers and on-board catering link Hanoi, Hué, Danang, Nha Trang, and Saigon(Ho Chi Minh City). Hoi An has no station, but it's just 30km by bus or taxifrom Danang.
How to get to to Hoi An...
Hoi An it features on many visitor's itineraries. It's about 30 km southof Danang, but has no railway station, so take a train to Danang, then a bus ortaxi. There are regular buses, minibuses & taxis from Danang to Hoi An takingbetween 45 minutes and an hour. View from the train..
Coastal scenery between Hué and Danang seen from train SE1 Scenery fromtrain SE1 between Hue and Danang
Along the coast and up into the hills... The most magical part of theHanoi to Saigon train journey is the world-class scenic section between Hué andDanang. The train runs along the South China Sea, snaking from cliff tojungle-covered cliff past beaches and islands, then heads through the lush greenmountains via the Hai Van Pass to reach Danang. In Vietnamese it's 'Đèo Hải Vân'meaning 'Ocean Cloud Pass', and I can't think of a better name. These photoswere taken in poor weather at the end of the rainy season - in the brightVietnamese sun, the vivid blue skies, green waters and yellow beaches will takeyour breath away