Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi by train. The Reunification Express.
Vietnam Railways now has an online ticketing system (which I would have loved to have used, instead of relying on local “agents” – although they were excellent).
Web resources for this route:
Official Train Operator: www.vr.com.vn (English version)
The Reunification Express (Part 1) (Matthew Woodward)
The Reunification Express (Part 2) (Matthew Woodward)
All aboard Vietnam’s Reunification Express (Lonely Planet)
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