Are you finding a hidden place called: Hanoi Train Street? It is one of the so called “ worth places” for every tourist to catch some valuable photos when traveling in Hanoi.
Hanoi Train Street attached with not only the course of Hanoi history and culture but the daily life in Hanoi, so visiting this street in Hanoi Old Quarter is also a great chance for you to gain more understanding about the locals lives and some unique things only found in this interesting place.
If you are curious about the reasons Hanoi Train Street draws attention to the locals and international tourists
Let’s together with OneTrip find out more about this typical street.
Here are 7 reasons why you will be impressed with this street together with the necessary information including address, map, time, location and delightful activities that you can enjoy there!
1. An unusual place called Hanoi Train Street!
Hanoi Train Street is a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam that has high speed trains passing straight through twice a day.
Because the street is so narrow, all residentials had to secure precious bicycles and personal belongings, as well as their wandering children, all are safe in the house before the train passed.
While discovering this unique place, you will:
- Be surprised by the surroundings here,” peaceful “ and locals always express the normal attitude when living next to the railway
- Soak up the bustling and exciting life of locals in Hanoi
- Take amazing pictures as your memories for the trip
Your experience will be more perfect if you enjoy a Hanoi Street Food Tour to the train street. Also, you can check out other Street Food Tours in Hanoi with locals!
2. Explore and understand Hanoi Locals’ life through the train street.
Besides visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and St Joseph’s Cathedral), Hanoi Train Street in Hanoi is also an ideal place for tourists to get a chance exploring the locals’ life.
Instead of being a normal road with car or motorbike traffic, it has real railways that run through it. Homes and businesses literally open on railroads.
For a long time, Hanoi Train Street has observed the locals life, day by day , they live and move through their as any street in Hanoi
The images of local ladies cooking delicious meal with fresh ingredients, kid running around,… have familiar with residents here and tourists.
However, at certain times of the day, everything will be erased from the tracks and all locals disappear indoors or stand back off the tracks.
After the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi had gone through at high speed, everything went back to normal as nothing had happened
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3. Hard to find but definitely worth it!
When you come to Hanoi, you can hear the name “hidden street” that is attached to the Train Street Hanoi for a reason. So, to explore as well as understand this place without a guide from locals is so hard. But don’t worry, we will show you!
Hanoi Train Street location
Hanoi Train Street, as we like to call it, is located between Le Duan and Kham Thien street in Hanoi Old Quarter.
It is easy to find it on Google map, where you can see the tiny residential street and how to get there from either Old Quarter or from the Train Staitơon.
And on the way searching for Train Street,you may explore some hidden spots that draws your attention and makes you more impressive about this city.
Local spots offers great photos!
4. Visit Hanoi Train Street in time to witness the terrifying passing train – hanoi train street schedule
Hanoi Train Street Schedule
The train only passes by at some certain times of the day, so it is really important for all of us to get right time to catch up this scene.
- Mon – Friday
7 pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 10 pm
6 am; 9 am ; 11.20 am; 3.20 pm; 5.30 pm; 6 pm; 7 pm; 7.45 pm; 8.30 pm; 9 pm ; 11 pm
However, this schedule is not fixed, may be delayed 15 minutes, so you can arrive early 30 minutes before the expected schedule to get a good viewing spot.
Strolling in the street, admire the atmosphere of Hanoi and take the best pictures to keep your Hanoi memory. Don’t forget to get a cup of coffee while waiting.
But how it feels when the train passing by?
“Suddenly, the sound of the train horning startled me, jumping off the train track and stand almost pinned against a wall.
Even the locals are doing crazy hand gestures, telling us to come back further, this is really a bit scary. The train passed by in a few inches as you can see from the angle of the video I took below!!” – shared by a tourist in Hanoi
There are many legit trains and they will not and can not stop if you outstay on the track. It is very dangerous to take some valuable photos, so be careful.
The best place to standing when the train passed by is at the side of the track and don’t put anyone in danger when it crossed (don’t do like some silly tourists we saw and stand in the middle of the track for as long as possible).
5. Explore local life in Railway Street Hanoi with HANOI FREE LOCAL TOURS
Hanoi Train Street is only about 500 meters long, along with many households living around this area for a long time. Houses around this area play as the color boosting for the whole street, that seems like a beautiful watercolor painting.
Besides the original Hanoians, the residents here are also from many different regions,places getting to Hanoi so as to find jobs. Therefore the lifestyle in this train street is really unique and diverse.
This experience will much more enjoyable if you see with the eyes of locals. You can completely consider a Hanoi motorbike tour with Hanoi Onetrip Tours – one of the best Hanoi Travel Agency .
I’m sure that you will be satisfied with many stories and some different views by a local guide.
As with Tuan, a tour guide from Hanoi OneTrip Tour, who spent more than a quarter of his living on the track, told us that the no frontage to get business is the biggest difficulty when living here
“In addition, there is nothing to complain about. Honestly, this place has its privileges. There are some things we enjoy better than those who live elsewhere.
Although the train passed by several times a day and made noise, we didn’t find it annoyance, even people here have got used to it.
There is another special thing. As the sound of the wheels hissing high on the tracks gradually increased, the locals, as a habit, turned their heads out to check if anyone stayed on the railroads.
If you are standing too close to the rail, a local will shout and warn you to keep distance when the train is coming
6. Take the best photograph of this special “playground”
The train street has become a favorite taking photo spot of both foreigners and locals who always find something new, unique for their photos.
“Street photography is always a challenge in many ways. You often can not predict what happens next, the only thing you can do is to imagine and hope it will happen.
On the other hand, you must be very quick and take your picture because the moment of train passing is over so fast, if you are hesitant, you will miss these best moment for a great photo.
This is really both a little challenging and fascinating experience – said an American photographer whom I had a chance to be his tour guide.
If you look for some inspiration, this is the place!
Although you don’t know exactly the time train passes by the street, you absolutely catch this sight in every evening.
Bring along your food as you might be hungry. When you see the train, I promise you it’s worth your time!
7. Enjoying Vietnamese coffee on the railway street
It’s really regrettable if you visit hanoi without trying some famous kinds of coffee. By the way, walking around the the train street, you can choose special space and sip a cup of coffee, meanwhile discover the life of locals here
In addition to the famous shops, you can visit some souvenir shop in the street, and there you can buy many unique kinds of handmade products or traditional clothes of Vietnamese as the way to keep the memories about Hanoi
So why don’t you visit this Hanoi Train Street and take some pictures to keep beautiful memories? Watching locals sitting in the tracks, playing chess and sipping tea? Or watching kids playing around ..
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Aside from the busy part, Hanoi Train Street is beautifully peaceful on a daily basis!