Thursday, 2 February 2017

VIETNAM: Train Dangerously Passes Through Heavily Residential Area

A narrow train street in Hanoi’s old quarter, where the train passes terrifyingly close to the houses, is fast becoming a tourist attraction.

It still boggles my mind that a massive speeding train passes through this insanely narrow street at 3.30pm and 7.30pm every day. And yet the residents don't have a care in the world. Such a unique place!

The twice-daily train, linking Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in the far South, passes through a residential area in Hanoi’s old quarter, causing residents to carry all their worldly possessions inside every afternoon and evening.

Walking down the street where the train literally runs through it. A metre each side of the track separates the train from people's houses.

The train runs so close to the houses that residents must actually stay indoors at 3.30pm and 7pm every day to stay out of the way of the train. The street is so unusual that tourists visiting the city have started to flock there to take photos and videos of the passing train as well as the street itself.

Visitors to Vietnam have been posting photos of the famous train street to social media, with photos highlighting just how narrow the street really is. The train is shown to pass by just mere inches from some the buildings on either side of the tracks.

Train travel has seen a new lease of life recently, with a new bullet train linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Bangladesh launching their first luxury train and a new bullet train cutting travel time in India.