The ruling elite may toe the line and call it Ho Chi Minh, but everyone else calls it Saigon. Trains between Hanoi & Saigon are sometimes referred to as the Reunification Express by guide books and tourist agencies, although there are now a whole range of trains on this route and no single train officially carries this name.
SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24: On certain dates you'll find additional seasonal trains. TN1, TN2: Air-con soft sleepers (4-berth, one car, older type), air-con hard sleepers (6-berth), air-con soft seats & ordinary hard seats.
SNT1, SNT2: Air-con soft sleepers (both older & newer types), air-con hard sleepers (both older & newer types), air-con soft seats.
The train runs along the South China Sea, snaking from cliff to jungle-covered cliff past beaches and islands, then heads through the lush green mountains via the Hai Van Pass to reach Danang.
In Vietnamese it's Đo Vn meaning 'Ocean Cloud Pass', and I can't think of a better name.
Livitrans and Golden Trains operate private tourist sleeping-cars between Saigon & Nha Trang on trains SNT1 & SNT2, see the photo below.
These have 4-berth soft sleepers of a higher quality than the regular sleepers.And if you're good at people watching you'll get insights on board the train, too, as the real Vietnam is as much inside the train as outside...Since the end of the Vietnamese war, the official the name for the conurbation as a whole has been Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).These photos were taken in poor weather at the end of the rainy season - in the bright Vietnamese sun, the vivid blue skies, green waters and yellow beaches will take your breath away... Rice fields, palm trees, water buffalo, Vietnamese towns and villages...You get a real insight into Vietnam when you travel by train, both urban and rural, which you don't get from 35,000 feet.Flying takes 4 or 5 hours out of your sightseeing day in getting to a remote airport, checking in, taking the flight itself, collecting your bags and getting back into the city centre. Hoi An has no station, but it's just 30km by bus or taxi from Danang.