On Tour... S 1 -VIETNAM A Train Journey Through Central Vietnam
The famous train S1 leads through both Central and South Vietnam, one of the most fascinating countries in South East Asia.
In the 19th century, Da Nang quickly evolved to become the most important harbor and financial metropolis in Central Vietnam and thus, replaced Hoi An as the country’s main city. The year 1858 marked the beginning of fast approaching colonization when French warships attacked Da Nang’s bay and natural harbor.
The Vietnam S1 train travels from the capital of Hanoi deep into the south of the country. Almost the entire section of the railway line between Da Nang and the southern city of Nha Trang is dominated by vast fields of rice and the scenery features several wonderful mountains and a landscape that is often so spectacular that it is quite overwhelming.
Da Lat, the capital of the province of Lam Dong, is known as the City Of Eternal Spring and is a popular holiday resort. It also contains the summer residence of the last emperor of Vietnam. Surrounded by wonderful parks, the summer palace of Emperor Bao Dai is one of the city’s most beautiful attractions and was heavily influenced by the French.
Now it is surely only a question of time before the VIETNAM S1 Train and this fascinating region of VIETNAM become an integral part of the mainstream tourist map of South East Asia.