Lonely Planet, the world-renowned travel guide, recently named Vietnam’s North-South Railway, also known as the Reunification Express line, as the most incredible train journey in the world.
The railway was described as one of Southeast Asia’s best-loved railways and the world's most epic overnight train journey.
It stretches for 1,730 kilometers between the country’s two biggest cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the course of two days.
Some railways rattle through historic cities; others swoosh beside spectacular coastlines. A few have an epic history, and one or two are remarkable for the colorful characters onboard. The Reunification Express line fulfills all these criteria, said Lonely Planet.
“There is no more atmospheric way to haul into Vietnam’s twin metropolises. And there’s no better way of exploring all the glories in between,” the site added.
Besides Vietnam’s North-South Railway, Lonely Planet’s list of the most incredible train journeys includes the California Zephyr in the U.S., Lake Titicaca Railway in Peru, Beijing to Lhasa Express in China, Caledonian Sleeper in the UK, Bergensbanen in Norway, TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and Tazara Railway in Tanzania and Zambia.
Vietnam’s North-South Railway was also listed in the 10 best train journeys in the world by Lonely Planet in 2018.