By train the journey from Dong Ha to Hanoi takes from 12 to 13 hours depending upon which train you take and any delays on the railway line.
Train Times: Dong Ha to Hanoi
- The fastest train service from Dong Ha to Hanoi is Train #SE4 which departs from Dong Ha at 16:40 and is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi 12 hours 08 minutes later at 04:48.
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Location of Dong Ha Railway Station
Location of Hanoi Railway Station
Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, is a large city with over 8 million permanent residents in the central part of the city. Hanoi is also a city with a long history. The area is believed to have been permanently settled since 3,000 BCE although in some respects Hanoi was actually founded in 1,010 when the Emperor Ly Thai To established Hanoi as the Imperial Capital. The Bach Ma Temple in the city centre is one of the few buildings that era that still exists in Hanoi. With some other notable exceptions, most of the main attractions in the city where built several hundred years later.
The city centre of Hanoi is divided into 12 districts, the popular of which for tourists is the northern part of Hoan Kiem district known as the ‘Old Quarter’. The Old Quarter is maze of narrow streets with old buildings previously housing small shops at ground level and accommodation for shop owners above. The names of the streets originally indicated which types of merchandise were sold on that street. In modern times much of the Old Quarter has been repurposed for tourist accommodation, bars and restaurants. Most foreign visitors choose to stay in the Old Quarter which has more facilities for foreign visitors than other parts of the city. Amongst the must see attractions in Hanoi are:
- The One Pillar Pagoda: A small 11th Century temple which is associated the founder of the modern city and many of the country’s most important legends.
- The Temple of Literature: Also founded in the 11th Century, the Temple of Literature was a university for high ranking government officials and members of the Imperial family, with an educational system based on the teachings of Chinese scholar Confucius.
- Hoan Kiem Lake: City centre lake with an island with a small tower and another island with a temple. This lake is located at the south end of the Old Quarter and typically overrun with tourists.
- The Presidential Palace: Once the residence of the Governor-General of Indochina, this European style building is partially open to visitors with the building itself used for state functions.
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Colossal Greek style building where the remains of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh can be viewed from 07:30 to 10:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays and from 07:30 to 11:00 at the weekends.