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HANOI TRAIN STREET

"Suddenly we heard the train honk and fly our way…. we literally had to jump off the rails and almost stand against a wall.
Even the locals made crazy hand shakes telling us to go further back which was a bit scary. The train passed literally within inches of us."


The train is coming!

          If you're in Hanoi, - Train Street is one of the must-see attractions in Hanoi. It is a popular photography spot for anyone traveling to Hanoi.
Visiting this street in Hanoi's Old Quarter gives you a good chance to get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals. You will discover brand new things, which can only be found in this interesting place.
Train Street is a residential street in Hanoi, which a fast-moving train travels through several times a day. The street is so narrow that all residents must ensure that their bicycles and valuable personal belongings, as well as their wandering children, are all safely inside before the train passes.

It is referred to simply as "A Street Has A Train Track Through It". If you visit this unique place:

  • Be surprised by the tranquility, the normal attitude of the local population, who live here next to the railway.

  • Become deeply immersed in the local side of busy and exciting Hanoi.

  • Make great photos for your holiday.

The locals, who live there, go about their daily business for the most part, as with any other street in Hanoi.
People walk the rails, motorcycles ride up and down the rail tracks.

 


Daily activities

Local women cook delicious smelling food, squatting over their spicy cooking pots and surrounded by bundles of herbs and other fresh ingredients. Children run around and cross the tracks to each other's houses. Animals doze peacefully in the sun during the day.
At certain times of the day, however, everything changes. Clothes that are hanging to dry are worn inside. Children are brought in and bicycles are pulled to the side of the road just before the train rushes past, with no more than a few inches of space on each side. In places, the train is only inches from the buildings.
The residents of the street press themselves firmly against the walls or dive into the nearby doorways with a surprising nonchalance and immediately walk or sit on the track again as soon as the train has passed.

 

Train Street is not called "the hidden street" for nothing. You may hardly find this place without a guide from the locals. Hanoi Train Street, as we like to call it, is located between Le Duan and Kham Thien Street in Hanoi's Old Quarter
It is very important for everyone to see the train pass by at the right time. The train runs through this small street several times a day.

  • Mon - Friday
    7pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 10:00 PM
  • Weekend
    06.00 am; 9.00 am; 11.20 am; 3.20 pm; 5.30 pm; 6 pm; 7 pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 21.00 pm; 11 pm


Having a drink!

This schedule (2020) is not fixed and a delay of 15 minutes is usually expected. So you better be there at least 30 minutes before the expected schedule to find a good viewing spot. The Train Street schedule can sometimes change!


Look out for the motorcycles

 

 

 

 


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