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The Reunification Express....

From Hanoi, S1 is the fastest, and departs at 19:00; the S3 at 19:30; and the S5 at 10:00.

Prices vary according to train and type of travel: hard-seat, soft-seat, hard-sleeper, and soft-sleeper.

S1 is the most expensive, and S5 the cheapest. For those planning to stop off at Hue, a soft-seat on the morning train is pleasant enough.

The train from Hanoi leaves punctually and passes the morning activity of a long, long line of open-house, cum shop-front commerciality.

Forty-five minutes later, and you are looking at banana plants, bamboo clusters, and an army of workers knee-deep in mud, diligently painting the landscape green, with fresh rice seedlings.

Appropriately enough, attendants arrive to distribute free, airline style meals.

Not quite; more like a large portion of rice (bring your own chili sauce for flavoring), some sort of fatty meat off-cuts, and a small amount of scraggy vegetable leaves, to which is added soup from a large, round tin on wheels. No thanks...

Dessert is a strawberry wafer; which tastefully neutralizes the chili sauce, earlier applied like ketchup.

Asia Index

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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