Needless to say, we’ve had a terrible experience taking the train in Saigon way back in 2010. No, it wasn’t because the train was bad but because the weather was. We were supposed to take the plane back from Nha Trang to Saigon but since there was a typhoon and the runway was flooded, there was no way we could get home. So we took the train which then got stranded for 8 hours because there was flooding on the railways. A train ride that should have taken 6-8 hours turned 23 hours. So you can understand my apprehension about riding on one again.
So last Friday, we took the SPT2 to Phan Thietand yesterday, the SPT1 back to Saigon. Finally, I understood what SPT means! S stands for Saigon, PT for Phan Thiet! *slaps forehead*
The train was not a luxury type but I have to say, it was clean, decent, and actually comfortable. My main issue is that the kids would be comfortable and it was. My younger son was able to walk around the coach when he got bored sitting down for the 4 hour ride.
Since we took the train early in the morning, we were served with bread and the standard mineral water.
Hubby was actually surprised how easy it is easy to travel to Mui Ne using the train and wished we found out about this sooner. Coz really, it’s much more convenient than getting on a car where you have to ride on bumpy roads and do stopovers for the WC.
Overall, I’d recommend using the train in Vietnam when visiting the country if you don’t mind the hours sitting on one.