Da Lat–Thap Cham Railway

Posted: June 26, 2012 in 2012 Summer - South East Asia, Vietnam

The Da Lat–Thap Cham Railway was an 84 km (52 mile) railway track connecting Dalat to Thap Cham on the main North/South Line from Hanoi to Saigon, it was built by the French in stages from 1903 to 1932.

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It fell into disuse during the Vietnam war and was gradually dismantled after the North Vietnamese victory in 1975, breaking it up it to fix the main north/south line which had been heavily damaged by American bombing.

In the 1990s, a 7 km (4.3 mile) section of the line between Da Lat and Trại Mát village was restored and returned to active use as a tourist attraction. Plans in 2002 were drawn up to restore the entire line for both cargo and tourists is a top priority for local government and businesses.

The half hour trip costs £4 return but the trip itself is rather uninspiring and definitely a one off journey, not in the same league as the toy trains of Darjeeling and Shilma in India.

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