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Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

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Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

After reading many posts about the best way to travel to ham tien (mui ne) l thought l would comment on our families experiences. We opted for the train from saigon to phan thiet and then a cab. The train left around 7 and 4 hours later we arrived. The trip was easy. No need to be at the station much more than 15 minutes before departure. We travelled with our 2 and 9 year old who spent the time using electronic devices or in the case of the 2 y.o., running up and down the carriage playing with local kids. Our carriage was full of vietnamese families who loved our curly blond little one and the time passed quickly. There was a dining car at the front where you can sit and some ladies came through with a trolley of snacks and drinks. There were power points by most seats so you can charge devices if you like. Shelving above the seats fits most luggage but we were able to store our larger cases on a shelf as you first walk into the carriage. Overall the trip was easy and there were heaps of cabs at phan thiet station to whisk you to your accomodation.

For our trip back to saigon airport we hired a car through our accomodation. The cost was $110 and for that we got a big new 4wd and an excellent driver. The trip to the airport on a Thursday morning took @4.5 hours. I actually preferred the scenery from the car than the train and we had a short stop halfway for toilet and food break. Unlike other posts we didn't find the trip by car to be uncomfortable or 'scary'. I thought the roads were good overall and never felt unsafe when overtaking but l do admit that it can make you want to close your eyes sometimes!

So obviously your choice of transport depends on number of factors but l can recommend both forms without hesitation.

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Warkworth, New...
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11. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

We are back! In the end we took a bus both ways, with the Futa company. It was perfectly OK, airconditioned and not too busy. It took 6 hours one way, and 5 the other so quite a long trip, but 2 stops included to buy food and drink. Our hotel booked the tickets for us and charged us $1USD each for service cost. The roads are all manic, but we just close our eyes and go with the flow. We were very trusting of our drivers, but if you let this worry you, you wouldn't leave home.

sunderland
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12. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

is it possible to book the train from the uk ?

Sydney
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13. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

Silverguy

Scroll down a couple of replies for your answer. You can prebook through vietnamrailways or similar websites and they will deliver the tickets to your hotel.

Mark

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14. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

I doubt they will deliver to the UK, though. If the OP has a hotel in HCMC already booked, perhaps they could ask them to procure the ticket for them.

Edited: 3:54 am, November 27, 2013
Sydney
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15. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

Ha Jim

Who said anything about delivery to England ? Of course I meant a hotel in HCMC. Yes the hotel could probably arrange it but it was less hassle for me to just do it on the Internet.

Mark

London
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16. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

Yeah, but the OP wanted to book from the UK and never said anything about a hotel in HCMC. Is't not like you'd get a ticket to print out at home and bring with you, right?

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17. Re: Our experience of travelling by both car and train to Mui Ne

We travelled by train from HCM to Binh Thuan as the train is at a more reasonable time of 12:20pm compared to 06:40/50 am to Phan Thiet. However this means you have a longer transfer time to Mui Ne of around 45 mins that cost 500,000 dong around £14 by taxi. Plenty of taxis waiting when our train arrived bang on time.

I am glad we resisted booking in the UK. The price we were quoted on line was 12 $ per person (£7)one way from HCM to Binh Thuan. Booking on arrival at the station worked out at 120,000 dong(£3.50) each for the same trip in the same carriage. In other words half the price. We asked the concierge to write out the train time, class and journey in Vietnames which definitely made matters easier at the booking desk.

On arrival at the booking hall you need to get a numbered ticket for the queuing system. . However be prepared for the system to be out of sync when your number is called. We were called when they were serving a lower number. And then someone with a higher number tried to muscle in when we were being served. Also be aware the doors to the platform are locked and opened 30 minutes before departure at HCM.

We are however travelling back to HCM on Friday from Phan Thiet as the return time is a more reasonable 1.20pm.

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