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Livitrans Train....forget it!

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Livitrans Train....forget it!

Just took the Livitrans train from Hanoi to Danang in order to get ot Hoi An. Mistake! Just chalked it up to experience. It's made out to be a very nice experience. NOT! No access to dining car, poor snack, no English speaking personnel, left Hanoi on time but got in 3 hours late, crew yelling and smoking in the hall until I asked them to stop. 15 hours.....should have flown for almost half the price and only one hour enroute.

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1. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

well, i understand your feeling. But what Livitrans really deliver is just a better cabin - livitrans only rent several carriages from Vietnam Railways and re-touch it to make it look better, nicer and cleaner.

Other than that, there is no service included, nor staff going with the train. Train conductors are Vietnam Railways people. That's why I often recommend people to get snacks and water before they get on train.

It is weird that they didnt open the door to dining car, it's kinda dangerous too if something happen. But I understand the reason is they dont want to let people getting through the " tourist carriage", if something is stolen, it can be a big problem for them for not watching out.

If the train has services as international standard, it will come up to Victoria Express to Sapa and would cost about 150US$ to go to Danang instead of about 40US$ like now.

Anyway, sorry to hear that your train ride was not pleasant.

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2. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

We tried Livitrans yesterday night to go from Huê to Hanoi for a 15 hours trip. We had already made this trip, 2 years ago and had been satisfied. In fact, Livitrans only proposes a better comfort : cleanest coaches, sheets for your bed...

We had a very bad experience yesterday. First, we were announced that we wouldn't have mineral water before the second station (in fact, we never had any), then we realised the two toilets in the coach were out of order. To finish, there was no current water even to wash hands in the lavatories.

As a result, we paid a ticket 30% more expensive than average to spend a very bad night. Thank you Livitrans...

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3. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

I just spent 22 days in Vietnam, 4 nites on sleeper trains. It was an experience no doubt. but I chauked it up as an adventure........loved every minute of it. If you want luxury trains go to Japan.

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4. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

Excuse me, but exactly what luxurious features do you want with your $47. ticket? This is Vietnam and not Singapore. I have been more than satisfied with my trips on Livitrans - certainly considerably safer than driving on Vietnamese roads!

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5. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

i'm booked on Livitrans from Hanoi to Hue - i've never travelled on trains in vietnam except up to Sapa and they were okay.

All i want is a clean bed in my own carriage- i couldn't care less about mineral water or food- oh, and running water is a must (as well as working toilets....that part didn't sound very appealing ;( )

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6. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

I am not speaking about luxury but about reasonable comfort. You know what I mean : the possibility of going to the toilets during a 15 hours trip, the fact of brushing teeth before arriving...

It"s not a question of money (even if 1 million VND, the price for 1 ticket Hue-Hanoi , corresponds to the third of an average month for someone working in Vietnam). I"m just waiting for what I was promised by the advertising, that and nothing more

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7. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

"Excuse me, but exactly what luxurious features do you want with your $47. ticket?"

$47 is a lot of money for train travel in Vietnam. I'd hardly call functioning toilets, water and polite, non-smoking staff "luxurious features".

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8. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

"$47 is a lot of money for train travel in Vietnam. I'd hardly call functioning toilets, water and polite, non-smoking staff "luxurious features""

Sorry, CAGV, I would. In Vietnam. Currently.

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9. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

Thanks for the feedback from everybody.

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10. Re: Livitrans Train....forget it!

Yes, the experience in the train was unforgetale, but the whole Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa experience is the one that i will always treasured, IMO Halong Bay should be nominated for the "Eighth wonder of the world" ,even though it took us 4 hrs to reach there at a 40-60k/hr speed, and the constant oncoming traffic that only take seconds to avoid, that keeps one amused .(shout your eyes if you have a weak heart).

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