"There was plenty of room for our luggage under the lower beds and more then enough room above the doorway for our carry-on, food, toilet rolls etc. (Don't forget your own roll!!).
They have food and beverage carts, but we didn't know this prior to leaving so purchased food at the station. Though what I could understand there was chicken and rice as an option. There is boiling water for cup noodles and they give you bottled drinking water for free too.
There are individual reading lights and electrical sockets available. Overall experience was a positive one."
Danang Railway Station
The Railway Station - of Danang is small and overcrowded SOMETIMES. A big, old locomotive, surrounded by flowers and green bushes standing outside the large concrete building, giving the train station a little more pleasant appearance. Inside, there are a few small shops selling snacks, where you can buy an add some hot dishes. Outside the station, you can eat banh me.
The building has a few small rooms with air conditioning, which does not really help with the heat. There are enough chairs to sit and that makes the waiting a little more bearable.
The counters are later found in the building. If you want to buy train tickets, you have to take a number and to wait your turn. The ladies, who sell the tickets, speak little English, but it's enough to get the right ticket.
There is a small screen above the counters, indicating the departure of a train. Unfortunately, that was not clear to us. Until there is something in Vietnamese was announced and the whole crowd began to move. We followed the crowd but we and asked also the station staff if this was for the departure of the train This was so happily so. A few minutes later the train departed.
There are a few options to choose from if you want to travel by train. The cheapest option is a hard chair in a compartment without air conditioning. You can also opt for a soft chair with air conditioning, or a hard bench with air conditioning. Finally, there is also a plush sofa with air conditioning. Prices vary. They are dependent on the time of day and what day of the week it is.
The counters and waiting area
The soft seat with air conditioning was fine. The seats were very comfortable and had plenty of legroom. The car was very clean. Here and there was some rubbish left by previous passengers, but that happens almost everywhere. This was the best of all and the temperature was bearable.
The compartment was equipped with a small TV screen on which some Discovery Channel documentaries were shown to the end of the trip. The food and drinks sold by personnel with little carts, which occasionally came along. Unfortunately, the toilet did not have a good impression on us.
There were no delays and we really enjoyed the trip. And the best part of the trip? The views!
From a travelogue:
"We took the sleeper train from Phan Thiet (for Mui Ne) to Da Nang 15 hours . As a family of 5 it suited us really well. We shared one
compartment ( the littlest two shared a bunk) although we had paid for a fifth berth in the next cabin. But it was great to all be
together, and have some room to move about. We ate the dinner for sale. It was fine. Bathrooms fairly smelly as expected. No toilet
paper etc. You have power points to charge devices. Kids slept well. Adults less well, but still good to be able to lie flat."