Most tourist traveling to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, usually take a tour bus instead of the train because of the perceived comfort and the fact that the train don’t go into Mui Ne but stops at Phan Thiet.
Comfort is relative so let’s not argue about this.
The Phan Thiet train station is only about 6 km away from Mui Ne. Plus there will always be many taxi and motorbike riders waiting at the train station. So getting into Mui Ne from Phan Thiet is easy. And here’s 3 more reasons to try the train to Mui Ne:
1. It’s cheaper at 78,000vnd versus 90,000vnd. Ok, not a big difference but the other 2 reasons below should help.
2. The train comes with toilets. This means you can eat all you want without worrying about upset stomachs. On a bus, you’ll have to wait for the rest stops.
3. Interaction with the locals. There are more Vietnamese on a train to Mui Ne than the tour bus. With no TV onboard the train and nothing else to do, you will be able to get their full attention for a good 6 hours.
The designated seating system is organized by the coach number follow by the seat number. The coach number can be found at the entrance and exit point of the train (circled in yellow). The seat number is at the back of the seat.
Interior of the train.
This is the cafe area. It’s the best spot to start a conversation with the locals.
The toilet onboard. There’s also another version with the seated type.
Made friend with this cute Vietnamese boy on my train ride to Mui Ne. Don’t think I’ll be chatting with the lady below though.
This is how the train station at Phan Thiet looks like.
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