Hanoi is a good city to get lost a little, and because I got lost I stumbled onto Hanoi Train Street by coincidence. I have read recently that a lot has changed since my visit there… so here are some archival photography from the good old days:
Hanoi Train Street was a wildly popular tourist destination in Hanoi, Vietnam, where people flocked to observe the train as it passed through the street while sitting at nearby tables and cafes.
The street was adorned with verdant plants, paper lanterns, and clothes drying in backyards, making it a charming spot for tourists to get an up-close view of the city.
However, due to safety concerns, the Vietnamese government has banned tourists from visiting the street and the cafes there have been ordered to shut down. Despite this, the train is still up and running, although there is no one to observe it.
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Here are 10 lesser-known facts about Hanoi Train Street:
- Hanoi Train Street is a narrow alley in Hanoi, Vietnam, where trains run directly through the middle of a residential neighbourhood.
- The alley is located between Le Duan and Kham Tien streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
- The trains passing through the street are part of the national railway system and carry both passengers and goods.
- Hanoi Train Street is lined with small houses and cafes, which are located just inches away from the train tracks.
- The street is only about 3 meters wide, and the trains that pass through it are just a few centimetres away from the buildings on either side.
- The trains typically pass through Hanoi Train Street twice a day, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.
- The trains move slowly through the street, giving residents and tourists plenty of time to clear the tracks.
- Hanoi Train Street has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years, with visitors coming to watch the trains pass through the narrow alley.
- In 2019, the Vietnamese government ordered that all the cafes and shops along Hanoi Train Street be removed for safety reasons.
- The cafes and shops were eventually allowed to reopen, but are now required to close during the times when the trains are passing through.