By train the journey from Ha Tinh to Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to take from 25 to 31 hours depending upon which train you take. We recommend booking a 1st Class sleeper berth for this journey as you will appreciate the comfort on this very long journey.
Train Times from Ha Tinh to Ho Chi Minh City
- The fastest train service from Ha Tinh to Ho Chi Minh City is Train #SE1 which departs from Ha Tinh at 05:13 and is scheduled to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City 25 hours 19 minutes later on the following day at 06:32.
|Train||Ha Tinh||Ho Chi Minh|
|SE1||05:13||06:32 + 1 day|
|SE7||13:30||17:10 + 1 day|
|SE5||23:40||04:45 + 1 day|
|SE11||23:56||07:05 + 1 day|
- The slowest train service from Ha Tinh to Ho Chi Minh City is Train #SE5, departing at 23:56 and arriving in Ho Chi Minh City at 07:05, a journey time of 31 hours 09 minutes.
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About Travel to Ho Chi Minh City
With around 9 million permanent residents, Ho Chi Minh City is largest urban centre in Vietnam and also the most prosperous. The reason the smaller city of Hanoi is the political capital of Vietnam is because it was the capital of Communist North Vietnam which prevailed in war against South Vietnam and its Western allies in 1975 unifying the country, and changing the name of the city from Saigon in reference to Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary leader of North Vietnam’s independence movement. Ho Chi Minh City is very different to Hanoi. The modern city of Hanoi was founded in the 11th Century and contains many historic buildings, whereas Ho Chi Minh City was founded in the 17th Century expanding a smaller settlement started by the people of the Cham Empire which was subsequently take over by the Khmer Empire. From the middle to late 19th Century onward the city was heavily influenced by the French colonialists, and indeed in the earlier part of the 20th Century around 10% of the city’s population was French.
Ho Chi Minh City is very popular with Western tourists, although less so than Hanoi, which is partly because Hanoi is closer to Vietnam’s two most popular tourist attractions, Ha Long Bay and Sapa. Nonetheless, Ho Chi Minh City has its own tourist quarter, often compared to the Khao San Road in Bangkok, known as Pham Ngu Lao. Amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City are:
- Ben Thanh Market: Completed in 1912, Ben Thanh Market is the city’s largest indoor market located within an impressive Art Deco style building.
- Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral: Late 19th Century Catholic cathedral with some resemblance to the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
- Saigon Central Post Office: Functioning post office first opened in 1891. The inside of the post office is worth visiting because many of the original decorative features have been beautifully preserved.
- Saigon Opera House: Completed in 1900, this still functioning musical theatre was styled after the famous Palais Garnier in Paris.
- Tan Dan Park: The largest park in Ho Chi Minh City featuring lots of interesting buildings and statues. The park is well used by the city’s residents for exercise and many traditional cultural practices, such as gatherings of older men who keep song birds in cages.
- Saigon City Hall: Now the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, this European style building was originally the City Hall during during the period of French colonial rule.