SE7 Night Train Da Nang --> Nha Trang (how to book)
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 9:51 PM Last Post By: mooslie
Nov 13, 2012 6:24 AM
I want to take the overnight train (soft sleeper) from Da Nang to Nha Trang on Thur, Nov 22nd, leaving around 10PM and arriving the next morning.
I have been speaking with a local travel agent in Vietnam, and she says there's no soft sleepers available anymore, only soft seats. She's suggesting the bus as an alternative.
Call me paranoid, but I find it a little hard to believe that 10 days in advance, all beds are booked on a Thur night train from Da Nang to Nha Trang (and I don't think this is high season). Is there any other way I can check availabilities? I thought maybe the agent wants to sell me a bus ticket because she has a deal with the bus company...
I could suggest she books the soft seat on the train though, and then try to check if any beds became available prior to departure...
Also has anyone got experience in doing an overnight trip on the soft seat? It looks like the seats decline for which it's kind of similar of sleeping on a plane which is not a problem for me.
Nov 13, 2012 7:53 AM
you instinct could be just right. Might be that she is trying to sell you a ticket from a connected bus company. Could be that all tickets are sold out.
You did not mention if you are in Vietnam right now or not. If yes, jst go to the trainstation, if no, check another agent.
4 years ago I used a travel agent to book a ticket a month ahead. I had to pay alot of money for that service, compared to the ticket price, but in my situation it was worth the money. The ticket was sent to my hotel and when I arrived in HCMC it was already placed at the reception. So just ask another agent.
Nov 13, 2012 9:51 AM
Nov 13, 2012 11:50 AM
3If you are in Ha Noi you could go to the railway station and get all the tickets you need in one go. I bought a bundle of them in July: Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Dong Hoi - Hue - Da Nang - Nha Trang.
Must add that these were ordinary soft seats but I feel, like #1 that some tickets may be being held back.
Nov 13, 2012 5:31 PM
Have a look at Vietnam Railways booking site - https://www.vietnamrailways.com/ It is showing soft berths available for the SE7 Da Nang to Nha Trang on the evening you are wanting. Soft berths for the earlier SE5 are unavailable so it could be that your travel agent is getting the 2 confused. More likely she is trying to get you on a bus.
Soft seat is ok as well - its a $10 saving for a 9 hour journey - your call.
Nov 13, 2012 6:25 PM
5When we went from Danang to Nha Trang, we couldnt get sleepers for love or money so had no option but to travel soft seat. We took the early morning train and they provided meals and drink (noodles and water) but better than nothing..
Nov 14, 2012 1:34 AM
I think you should go to Danang train station to book ticket directly. It's located at 202 Hai Phong Street. Maybe, this is high seasons because this time is the end of year so many Vietnamese people book ticket to go home for Tet.
Nov 14, 2012 10:11 PM
7OP Nha Trang had rain yesterday afternoon and this morning. Central city streets were flooded this morning-water was knee deep in many of the streets. If we get a few days rain we experience a flood. November is rainy season. Welcome to Nha Trang!
Nov 15, 2012 1:59 AM
8Tim'll come to Nha Trang on Nov 22nd so hopefully it'll sunny again :P Enjoy your time in Nha Trang.
Nov 17, 2012 1:07 AM
10Hi Molie, you're still in Nha Trang? Its weather is so beautiful today, huh? I think it's not rain anymore! Yay!
Nov 18, 2012 3:42 AM
11Nha Trang is part of Khanh Hoa which just happens to be the tout's name above. Brace yourselves for a lot of local provincal touting.
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Nov 18, 2012 5:31 PM
Nov 19, 2012 12:34 PM
13I pre-booked my overnight sleepers with Vietnam Impressive.
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