The “train street” of Ha Noi (15:11 31/10/2018)

HNP - Located in the heart of the bustling city, the Ha Noi’s “train street” is between Le Duan and Kham Thien streets, just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. This is a residential street that the train passes straight through twice a day  with just inches to spare.

(source: Kinh Te Do Thi)

This is a very narrow street with slim buildings, narrow pathways and busy locals. The train departs from the Ha Noi Railway Station, makes its way through the Old Quarter, and cuts through this residential neighborhood. It passes twice a day, at 3:30PM and 7:30PM.

There are tall, narrow buildings on either side of the path. You will see local people live out their lives on their doorsteps: a women washes the laundry and then hangs it along the width of the street to dry; groups of women are sitting near the door and talking to each other; children are playing on the ground. This is an unique place where you can see a railway line cut through such a narrow and lively street, while people still make their daily activities. You will also have a unique insight into daily lives of the Hanoians.

Since this is still a residential street, you could walk through at anytime. You will find plenty of tourists strolling around, looking for a place against a wall and waiting to take a photo of the speeding train. The train comes from the south, so don’t forget to choose a proper place. There is even a coffee shop named The Railway Café, which is located on the side of the tracks. Apart from café, there are some eateries on the narrow street; they sell Vietnamese food, mainly fried rice and chicken.


Life on the train street (source: vietnammoi)

By Mai Phuong

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