I have been informed that 5 star express is now named Golden Trains.Has anyone got up to date information eg time table osts etc.Is the website changed.
#1 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44
Have a look at: < http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/vietnam/3412_5-Star-Express-Train/0 >
This train is booked solid for the rest of this week - national holidays: End of American War and May Day followed by a long weekend!
#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
Have read the news 5* now Golden trains so would appreciate up to date information regarding this train service eg time table costs etc
#4 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44
What part of < www.travelfish.org/board/post/vietnam/3412_5-Star-Express-Train/0 > don't you understand?
Prices are variable - at the present time they are high, next week will be cheaper - so when are you travelling. If you buy from a travel agent they will add a (large) 'service charge'.
It is USELESS to e-mail 5***, they are too busy too reply! (They also are making lots of money with busy trains).
#5 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
Thankyou for your reply ."YES" I understood perfectly I have filled in the contact form and have posted 4 times over the last 2 weeks to be exact but still no reply???The date I wish to travel 11th August.We will arrive HCM 11AM 9th August do you think that is enough time to secure a sleeping berth On The 5*express.
#6 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44
I told you they were bad at answering e-mails!
They have an office on Pham Ngu Lao Street (GPS: N10 46.066 E106 41.456) which is open everyday.
Since you are arriving on a Monday, which is less busy than the w/e on the trains, I would have your taxi drive you down there BEFORE checking in to a hotel to see if there is space on the evening train.
If you have to take the EARLY MORNING train I suggest you might want to stay nearer the rail station - which is in District 3.
Please note that whilst this train is more like those in Western countries there are many other options such as using a VietNam Railways train.
ALL trains run on a SINGLE TRACK so the privately owned 5-Star train is sandwiched in amongst all the other trains. VR actually owns the track and most of the rolling stock. They issue tickets at the railway stations.
#7 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
CatBa,If you misread my message I actually arrive Saturday 9th August I wish to travel on 11th August at night as I have a hotel booked in Nha Trang for the 12thAug.Sounds as if will have enough time to secure a berth???? Thanks for your reply
#8 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44
Sorry about that. That means you have even more time to make the reservation.
Watch this post and I will (hopefully) get you a more responsive contact within 3 days. The PNL area is a little out of the way from where I am staying in HCMC.
Be patient, time runs much slower in VietNam!
#9 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349