Train Street
Train Street
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TombRaider62
Sydney, Australia466 contributions
Couples
Have been coming to Hanoi for years but never been to train street. Don’t know why I left it so long. Went about 6.30pm and a train went through as we arrived. There is a timetable but not one train was as per the timetable. There were a few trains though after 6.30pm. We went back during the day as it’s a great place to sit, eat and just enjoy the location. No trains came through the day though , which we didn’t care anyways. I recommend Cafe Van who are about 50m along the tracks and occupy both sides of the tracks. Their fried rice was absolutely beautiful. We ordered it 3 times during our stay. Their other food was delicious too. The owners were lovely and so excited we kept going back.
Written May 4, 2022
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam1,163 contributions
Couples
Super fascinating place to visit, back home in the UK we live next to a train line but it is nothing like this! The yellow safety line is literally cms from the front doors of houses and businesses. We opted for a few drinks at a cafe along the narrow stretch on a Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of places to do so that enables everyone to get a good view. You get a warning that the train is coming by the line being cleared by locals and whistles being used to highlight to everyone the line need a clearing. It is certainly noisey and hot when the train passes through and I was surprised at how long the train was
Written August 28, 2022
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dannychan_sg
Singapore, Singapore2,644 contributions
Solo
Nice area with cafes lining both sides of the railway track. Prices of food and drinks at these cafes are pretty reasonable. Street art can be found in the area as well. Best time to hang around is when the train is passing through. Cafes would typically be "full house" around this time. Worth a visit if you're in Hanoi!
Written May 28, 2022
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Travelly HN
Hanoi, Vietnam56 contributions
We did some research before going here as we really wanted to catch the train passing by. So at about 11h30, we went here and waited for about 15 mins before the train came.

We were going around to find a place to sit as well. All the cafe has great views so any place would be great. We chose one, sat down, ordered some coffee and waited.

And then the train finally came and we were not disappointed. All the owners shouted to warn all tourists to stand within the safe zone. The train line got empty and the whistling got loud. The train with about 30 carts slowly went by, only a few inches away from us.

The experience was definitely amazing as it got our adrenaline pumping. So definitely a place you should not miss coming to Hanoi!
Written July 24, 2022
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travelqueenNi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates270 contributions
Solo
A lovely place to while away a few hours people watching at a nice cafe on the train tracks before watching the train pass through. Everything works like clockwork with the shop and cafe owners making sure tourists are off the tracks before the train passes through. In summer 2022 there were no afternoon trains on weekdays, only 9pm, so check the times carefully, but I imagine it will be busier again soon.
Written September 10, 2022
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Josh
Bromley, UK28 contributions
Couples
We weren’t sure after reading the reviews how to really do this but I’ve laid it out simply below.

Go to the entrance, south of the station where there is a little purple arrow. (Image attached)

A lady will let you know you cannot go down unless you go to a cafe- this is fine. Go with them. The cafes are very cheap, the staff are happy to take your pictures and ours even put the beer lids on the tracks so they became squished which made for a nice free gift.

I’ve put a image of the cafe we went to, feel free to show them that picture so you know you’ll get a nice cafe.

Try the egg coffee, my husband said it was delicious.

When the train comes (time table attached) you’ll be asked to move up against the wall, the train comes very close so those of a nervous deposition, don’t do it.

The guards were absolutely fine with us, as we were going to cafes. It is definitely not safe for tourists on there own.
Written January 15, 2020
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Aster<3
3 contributions
This street was great. However we did not know when the train was arriving, turns out it arrives at 7:00 Vietnamese time. The stores on this street were quite unique, and I would mostly go with family or friends. I found a store selling crocheted goods ( which I had to get some of ). And the food was great! I feel like a sign implying the time of the arrival of the train would be helpful for others. But a lovely experience!
Written September 20, 2022
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sarah v
Sheffield220 contributions
Couples
We read a lot regarding Train St when staying in Hanoi and became confused as to whether we’d be able to visit. We arrived at one section around lunch time and there were barriers up and a guard telling us we couldn’t walk down the track. Having read trip advisor, I told him we wanted a cafe and he let us down.

We found Red Train Cafe which was cheap enough and we were welcomed by Haa whose English was unbelievable. We ordered and he sat with us telling us how due to tourism, the government have raised taxes for shops and residents on Train St, decreasing the amount of tourists and trying to maintain safety making business difficult for already poorer residents.

If you can, visit Red Train Cafe in the evening (trains pass after 7) or more frequently during the weekend.
Written January 2, 2020
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Yangyang
29 contributions
Friends
We arrived at one section around lunch time and there were barriers up and a guard telling us we couldn’t walk down the track. Having been observing how people enter, I told him we wanted a cafe and he let us in. If you look Vietnamese the guard will most definitely let you in. However, he did not let a pair of middle eastern tourist enter even though they bought a few cups of coffee. he let them hold it outside the gate. Very upset at the racism of the Guards (The photo of the guard is in the pictures). oh yes, the store owner that sells led lights beside the railway station will use a LOUD honk to honk tourist away from HIS STORE. why place your store there, why?!
Written January 5, 2020
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BerlinBowie
Singapore, Singapore85 contributions
Solo
Came perhaps 40 minutes earlier than 9am Saturday train and somehow was allowed to walk on a section of the track and find a seat on a bench at what used to be a cafe. Apparently the cafes along the tracks have been closed (safety?)

So we had a ringside seat when the train came through. Must say it was closer than I expected and seemed fairly long…

Pretty unforgettable but possibly best done in the morning before the merciless heat sets in…
Written September 18, 2022
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