Have you ever seen trains that burst into the houses like the one in tom and jerry? I’m not kidding, when you are in Vietnam this is possible. This peculiar attraction is the one where visitors can watch a train speeding by along a cramped street with a number of residents. Every day when the clock rings at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, clothes are hurriedly unpegged from the clotheslines, children are shut indoors and shops are shut. The neighbourhood of Hanoi in Vietnam totally turns into an empty eerie ghost town during this time. This is because of the trains that come into the streets at a tearing hurry with a high pitched screeching of wheels on the track. Curious, already? Keep reading. . .
More about Train Street in HanoiTrains always hold a special place in our hearts. Be it, Harry Potter, in Hollywood or MS Dhoni in Bollywood, a train journey has changed their entire life. This train street is also an eye-opener when you get to visit the place. The train street in Hanoi’s is located in the Old Quarter, just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Tall, narrow buildings claustrophobically standing over either side of the path, fragrant aroma from the cooking broth, women washing their laundry and men cleaning their moped pretty much sums up the train street in Hanoi. This unique place is a must-visit spot in Vietnam especially to take Insta-worthy pictures on the track. Do you want to know about the daily lives of the people and see the speeding train rushing just inches from the buildings? Head to Hanoi!
When to visit?Every day, the train travels down Ngo 224 Le Duan at 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm. Since it arrives all the way from Hue to Long Bien railway station, it is recommended to visit the place early to grab a safe spot. Please note that the train doesn’t stop if you are caught in the middle. So, arrive well in advance and settle in a position.
How to reach?
- Located between Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi, the train street can easily be visited by tourists in Vietnam. Once you reach Hoan Kiem Lake, you can easily reach the street by walking for 30 minutes. Enter Ngo 224, Le Duan, in Google Maps and make your way.
- Alternatively, head to the west of Hoan Kiem lake between Tran Phu and Dien Bien Phu streets which is a shorter walk from the old quarter.