After months of upgrades, Vietnam Railways has unveiled the first ‘5 star’ trains that will start operating in the North–South railway line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from January.
According to VnExpress and Tuoi Tre News, the state-owned railway operator revamped SE3 and SE4 trains first and promised to build new trains and overhaul the rest of the fleet by the end of the year.
Upgraded SE3 and SE4 trains carry a total of 11 passenger cars and 31 employees on board, including staff trained to provide a high quality service similar to flight attendants.
The interior of the carriages has been totally refurnished. The corridors and the bathrooms got a facelift with modern design and luxury components, including semi-automatic doors.
Vietnam Railways still maintains the three characteristic passenger classes: soft seat, hard bed and soft bed.
SE3 and SE4 trains run everyday between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City covering the distance in 31 hours and stopping in Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang and Nha Trang and many other cities.