The main line links Hanoi, Hué,
Danang, Nha Trang, and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). There is also a
railway between Hanoi and Haiphong.
In case you were wondering, 'Ho Chi
Minh City' is the name of the whole conurbation - 'Saigon' is still the
name of the city itself, and it is 'Saigon' which appears in the railway
timetables and on the station nameboards...
(Above right) Train S3 from
Hanoi to Saigon passes through the lush green hills between Hué and
Danang. This is the most scenic section of line, running along the
coast past bays and islands and through the hills. The train
travels at low speed up the fierce gradients, with an assisting
locomotive at the rear and people sitting on the roof..!