By train the journey from Ninh Binh to Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to take from 32 to 36 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Ninh Binh to Ho Chi Minh City
There are currently 4 trains a day from Ninh Binh to Ho Chi Minh City.
|Train||Ninh Binh||Ho Chi Minh City|
|SE7||08:29||18:36 + 1 day|
|SE5||17:49||05:40 + 1 day|
|SE3||21:34||06:30 + 1 day|
|SE1||23:28||08:25 + 1 day|
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Location of Ho Chi Minh City Train Station
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About Travel to Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is very different to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. One of the differences is the size of its population.
Ho Chi Minh City Compared to Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City has a population of over 9 million permanent residents, Hanoi, on the other hand has a far smaller population of around 5 million permanent residents. Ho Chi Minh City covers an area of around 2,000 square kilometres, compared to Hanoi’s 3,600 square kilometres, which means that the average population density in Ho Chi Minh City is almost four times that of Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City, as these figures indicate, is a busy thriving city, the economic activity of which accounts for approximately 20% of Vietnam’s GDP.
Western Influence on Ho Chi Minh City
The reason that Ho Chi Minh City is not the capital of Vietnam is historical. Vietnam’s independence movement emerged in the north of the country and moved south, militarily defeating a Western backed government based in what was then known as Saigon. Saigon was always the more Western influenced of the two cities with French citizens making up about 10% of the city’s population in the early part of the 20th Century.
Ho Chi Minh City is also a much younger city, established in the 17th Century, compared to Hanoi which was officially established in the 11th Century, but with an existing settlement on the same location several centuries before that. The main attractions in Ho Chi Minh City are as a consequence much more recently constructed than those in Hanoi, and many date back to the period during which Vietnam was a French colony.
Main Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
Amongst the most popular of these attractions are:
- Tao Dan Park
- Saigon Opera House
- Ben Thanh Market
- Saigon Central Post Office
- Nguyen Hue pedestrian street
- Saigon City Hall
- Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- The Reunification Palace
Pham Ngu Lao
It’s easy for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City to visit these major attractions on foot as they are all near to or in District 1 of the city, which is not far from the Pham Ngu Lao area of the city. Pham Ngu Lao is the most popular part of the city for foreign visitors and is often described as the Khao San Road of Vietnam in reference to Bangkok’s popular backpacker quarter.