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Do you like train travel in Viet Nam?

Update: April, 05/2013 - 12:00

The Ministry of Transport is considering upgrading the current railway system, built in the 1930s.

By 2020, it would take only 15-17 hours to travel between Ha Noi and HCM City, as opposed to the current 30.

The ministry also seeks to conduct research into the construction of a brand-new high-speed line. By 2030, according to the plan, trains could travel up to 200km per hour.

In the past, Viet Nam also planned a high-speed railway line linking the capital and HCM City, but the US$33 billion project did not come into fruition.

Have you traveled on trains in Viet Nam? Do you prefer traveling by rail to some other means? What are some of your favourite railway routes in the country? Are you satisfied with the services and prices? Besides upgrading the trains' speed, what are other ways we can improve railway tourism?

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