“Con Đường Di Sản” (Heritage Path Railway) is a new railway service born from the cooperation of Vietnam Railways and Hue Tourist Company. The first train started Monday carrying its first 24 tourists from Hue to Danang along one of the most scenic rail routes in the country. The train runs along the South China Sea, passing through limestone to jungle-covered cliffs passing along pristine beaches, islets and islands as well as old temples complex from the ancient Cham civilisation. It goes through the famous Hai Van mountain pass, which means ‘Ocean Cloud Pass’, a rather poetic name which describes perfectly the area.
The new SE1 train goes daily between both cities and costs for travellers VND155,000 (US$7) per ticket. The 26-berth carriage is using the latest trains of Vietnam Railways offering gastronomy services as well as wifi. The ride takes two hours and a half.
According to Nguyễn Thanh Khánh, director of Vietnam Railways’ branch in Huế to Vietnam News Service, the carriage would be constantly upgraded to provide the best possible facilities to tourists. The Heritage Path tourist railway carriage will also allow domestic travel agencies to transport tourists more safely with high-quality services to explore world heritage sites in central Việt Nam. They are now plans to also launch a service linking Hue to Quang Binh
Trần Quang Hào, director of Huế Tourist Company, said the company would conduct more tours on the Đà Nẵng-Huế and Huế-Quảng Bình route, north of the old imperial city. The Hue-Quang Binh rail route stretches over 200 km.