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.




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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