Vietnam’s history of railway was intimately linked to the French colonial past. The Hanoi – Saigon trans-Vietnam route, completed in 1936 and initially bearing the name of Trans Indochina, enabled the connection with the Chinese border at the time. Severely damaged during the Indochina war and separated into two sections in 1954, the historic railway rose from its ashes after the fall of the Saigon regime in 1975. An important element in the country’s transport system, the Hanoi – HCMC route quickly rose to become a symbol of reunification and Vietnam’s growth.
The following photos capture some key moments of a journey through time and history, interspersed with some beautiful encounters and landscapes telling the story and the diversity of Vietnam.
By Adrien Jean