Usually the night train has up to 11 coaches. And most of the time they are fully booked. What I liked a lot is that you can choose the seat based on your budget as well as your comfort level. There are hard seats, soft seats, room with 6 beds and room with 4 beds. The prices start from VND300000/ person (€12/person) up to VND900000/ person (€36/person).
Because it was an entirely night journey we opted for the first class sleeper, 2 beds in a room with 4. We chose a bunk bed to be able to see which bed is best to sleep in. 🙂 We paid for the top bed VND759000 (€30) and for the lower one a bit more, VND807000 (€32).
But overall I think it was really worth it as we didn’t pay for a hotel room.
The cabin we had (that was in the last coach) had a normal size, big enough for 4 people. There is storage room for the luggage both in the lower and upper part of the room and the beds are long enough, at least for our height.
The mattress was comfortable, I think the bed sheets were used before but they were still clean (the train came from Hanoi). A pillow and a blanket are available and if you don’t come with your own I can guarantee you that you are going to use them.
Because we decide quite spontaneous about our next destination we prefer buying the tickets online. The site we used in Vietnam was Baolau. It has the same prices as the Vietnamese railway company and gave us the opportunity to choose the seats.
The only difference is that we needed to pay about €6 for both of us for a service fee and a processing fee. But it was a real time saving.
Unfortunately, the Vietnamese railway website does not allow you to pay by card but you can always purchase the tickets directly from the train station.
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Da Lat's specific sights are pine wood (forming the name: "City of thousands of pine trees") with twisting roads and tree marigold (Vietnamese: dã quỳ) blossom in the winter. The city’s temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam's otherwise tropical climate.