Hanoi - Life On "The Line" - Interesting Or Thrilling

There’s a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam that a speeding train passes straight through twice a day. The street is so narrow that all residents must ensure their bikes and precious personal belongings, as well as their roaming children, are all safely inside the house before the train passes.

Hanoi - Life On "The Line" - Interesting Or Thrilling
Photo by Anh Mai Nguyễn
Clothes are hurriedly unpegged from the clotheslines spanning the width of the street, children are ushered indoors and mopeds are wheeled to the relative safety of doorways. In just a matter two minutes, this Hanoi neighbourhood goes from a bustling hive of activity to an eerie ghost town. All shops are closed without warning and the residents disappear.

The train is gone as quickly as it arrives. Within seconds of it passing, children bound back towards the centre of the road to once again play amongst the sleepers. The community emerges to carry on with their day as if nothing had happened.

This is Hanoi’s ‘train street’, located in the Old Quarter, just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. For the foreigners, it seems like an extraordinary place to live, but for the few Hanoians that reside on this small stretch of track, it is their home.

Train street is situated between Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It takes around 30 minutes to walk from Hoan Kiem lake. The train travels down Ngo 224 Le Duan each day at 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm as it makes its way from Hue to Long Bien railway station.

If you are in Hanoi right now, you should not ignore this experience. 

Hanoi is the gateway for you to start travel packages, typically Halong Sapa tour. Do not miss it on your Vietnam trip!