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Posted by dnev101 on 4/1/2013 at 11:13

hi all,

Me and my girlfriend are in Vietnam mid Feb and we are looking for some advice on trains.
we will be flying into hanoi on the 12th but want to get the train to hue on the 15th...........will the 12th be too late to book the overnight SE1 train and get seats together in softsleeper class? as i know it is a busy period.

I am in email contact with a hotel that I have reserved and they say they will arrange the train for me but say it will be between $54 and $57 each i thought that seemed a little expensive.

They also said this;

"I will try my best to get the seat the you prefer. Because it can not be confirmed by the agent now, so by the end of this month when the ticket agent feedback the confirmation so I definitely confirm to you"

Does this mean i will not be allocated a seat until the end of the month, and is there a chance they wont be together?

Is there a site i can use here in the UK before i leave to book train tickets? one that is reliable and not a scam. or is it a good idea to get the hotel to arrange tickets for me?

i used a site called for trains in India and it was very simple. a site like that for Vietnamese trains would be great.

also how busy are the trains likely to be between 15th and 28th Feb as I will most probably need to book another 2.

If anybody can help us we will be very grateful :)

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 4/1/2013 at 13:23

Hi there,

You might be lucky and be able to get soft-sleeper on arrival - or you might not (especially since you're visiting not long after tet). To pre-book, you will have to use a local travel agent - and their fees add quite a lot to the cost. So whether you pre-book or not really depends on just how badly you want a soft sleeper.

For lots of info on how to book tickets and what sort of agent fees to expect, I'd recommend you check The Man in Seat 61 website (

Hope that helps.

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Posted by LolaNguyen on 4/1/2013 at 20:14 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi, train travel is expensive in Vietnam and prices vary depending on how booked up a train is upon booking. For your hotel to book your seats they send someone to the station as and when the seats are released, so its a bit hit and miss as to whether they will be high enough in the line to reserve two seats together, but they will try and if you are not together you should be in the same carriage - if this happens you have a couple of options, have a chat to fellow passengers and see if anyone would mind swapping or taking yourselves down to the restaurant carriage between snoozes so you can sit together and enjoy the views. Unless the two of you are glued at the hip (even if you are 14 hours plus on a cramped soft seat sleeper is a relationship test that I'd want to avoid so early on in my hols), it will be fine, you never know, you might meet some really interesting people! Don't worry part of the fun is often the unknown, embrace it and relax - a good all round guide to Vietnam in general.

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Posted by daawgon on 4/1/2013 at 22:00

Because of Tet, those train ticket prices are much higher than you would pay at other times of the year.

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Posted by maryjame on 14/1/2013 at 02:28

Posted from within Vietnam.

Because of Tet holiday, train ticket prices are much higher than usually, your hotel answer "I will try my best to get the seat the you prefer. Because it can not be confirmed by the agent now, so by the end of this month when the ticket agent feedback the confirmation so I definitely confirm to you" is true, didn't lie. Because the agent usually sell firstly further ticket.
Good luck to you!

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