The Most Scenic Train Journeys in Asia

According to the Rough Guides, a travel guidebook and reference publisher, the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh is one of the most scenic ra...

According to the Rough Guides, a travel guidebook and reference publisher, the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh is one of the most scenic railway journey in Asia, especially the route of Hue/Da Nang via Lang Co Bay.



Viet Nam: The Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh trail running through the country is 1,600 km long. The train offers air-conditional carriages that enable passengers to be more comfortable during the long journey. You might attend the whole trip carried Thong Nhat train running from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 days, with the most scenic route of Hue - Da Nang. You definitely hold a panoramic view of Lang Co Bay with rows of coconut trees reflecting off the smooth white sand. Additionally, the breakfast is often served with noodles accompanied by a piece of lemon, fresh peppers, and a cup of flavored black coffee.



Sri Lanka: From Kandy to Ella: Starting in Kandy, the train runs through the tea plantations, cross hills, then terminates in a remote station in the middle of Hill Country. The train regulations in Sri Lanka is quite comfortable, so you might see passengers sitting at doors, squeezing their legs out to get sunlight when the train crosses via the hill.



Trung Quốc: From Jiaxing to Xi'an:  Lying on the edge of the Gobi Desert to the East West of China, Jiaxing Quan town is completely different from the hustle and bustle of Beijing and Shanghai. Located in Gansu Province, Xi’an City owns Jiayu Pass, the westernmost point of the Wan-Li Changcheng (The Great Wall of China). The 18-hour train from Jiaxiang to Xi'an has widely been known as the Silk Road. Noticeably, the scenery along the road is immensely deserted. This is the longest train journey in China which takes passengers to various regions to witness the greatness of this country. The train crosses Gobi Desert before heading to the Hexi Corridor - North of the ancient Silk Route. Then, it runs through the Qilian snow-blanketed mountains. Get on the train, passengers are probably comfortable with private rooms, two-story beds or soft seats. Additionally, they serve various stewed and dried fried dishes and beers at reasonable prices. 



Malaysia: From Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia provides passengers with efficient train services that run to the peninsula's western coast. Traveling by train in this country enables you to hold a panoramic view of charming landscapes just at “affordable” cost. The train from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur seems to be a normal itinerary. However, the speed increases faster and faster and run through hills, mountains and tropical Greenlands. In such a crowded and hot country, it’s such a great action to get on train providing air conditionals and experiencing the daily life of tropical regions.



Japan: From Akita to Aoimori: If you haven’t visited Honshu Island yet, you should board Gono train to Aoimori from Akita. The journey definitely takes you to charming beaches and snow-blanketed mountains. Moreover, passengers must book "Resort Shirakami" train ticket to satisfy your vision of the scenery. Gono will take you to one of the most remote regions of Japan and stay away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Thanks to the large glass windows and comfortable seats, passengers definitely immerse themselves in snow-capped mountains and coastal roads of jagged rocks.


Uzbekistan: From Urgench to Bukhara: Currently, high-speed trains is connecting most of Uzbekistan's major cities, namely Tashkent, Andijan, and Samarkand. The journey from Urgench to Bukhara, however, is made by a slow-speed train lasting to 12 hours. Nonetheless, the scenery along the rail is alluring what promises to put a “crush” on passengers right away. The train runs through Kyzylkum Desert where they can see camels running along the route, women selling boiled eggs and pickles at stops, or even, stone tombs or abandoned temples covered with sands.


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