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Smoking in Trains

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Smoking in Trains

I'm planning to travel in Vietnam in October. I'd like to use the trains,especially the sleepers, but because they are 4-berth compartments, I PRESUME I run the risk of being confined with smokers. I am chronically allergic to cigarette smoke. As far as I can determine, there are no non-smoking compartments or carriages in Vietnam. Can anyone tell me otherwise?

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1. Re: Smoking in Trains

i'm also alergic to cigarette smoke and I stayed in a lot of different hotels, all over Vietnam. most of them had ash trays in the rooms, but there was absolutely no trace of a smell of smoke in any of them.

This year I went on the King Express train, Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) and again, there was absolutely no smell of smoke whatsoever.

It was quite a worry for me, and I asked my agent to please book me non-smoking rooms, but I was told most places that I was booking didn't have non-smoking rooms -

Happily, none of them used that terrible perfume spray to mask old smoke smell, which is what I find whenever I stay in hotels in australia- that perfume is almost as bad as the smoke itself.

I will say though, that everywhere you go, people will be smoking- restaurants, cafes, hotel lobbies etc.,

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From what I remember, when I was in the 4-berth compartments, there were Non-Smoking signs near the light switch and on corridor. I didn't see anyone smoke.

One time I was in a 6-berth compartment with fan. The staff from the train company smoked when he went for a routine check along the train. An old man in our compartment smoked, too.

In my opinion, with air-con, they don't smoke; with fan, they do.

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3. Re: Smoking in Trains

Funnily enough I didnt notice the smokers in vietnam whereas when I got to KL in malaysia the hotel reeked of cigerette smoke and was vile.It was 4 star too,

All the budget places in vietnam were fine - wonder why? sorry didnt catch the train!

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Our experience was not as smoke free as the other posters. We also took the King Express, and the people in the next cabin started smoking nonstop as soon as they got in. It only took a few minutes for the smoke to completely fill theirs, and then it filled ours. The only positive was that it made the smoky corridor seem fresher than it would have otherwise.

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5. Re: Smoking in Trains

Hi, we had two trips (4 berth sleepers) on the train and on both occasions no one smoked in the cabins, rather they would loiter at the end of the carriage with the smell wafting through the carriage. For one of the trips it was railway staff that were smoking.

regards

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6. Re: Smoking in Trains

Thanks to all posters. Seems as if it's the luck of the draw. )pardon the slight pun). I haven't travelled Asia much ... just Singapore (which everyone says ISN'T Asia!) and Malaysia. I had great difficulty in Germany with smoke-filled restaurants and expected Italy to be as bad or worse. I was delighted to find that Italy was one of the strictest enforcers of non-smoking in public places. I must sound like a pain in the a***, but the problem is cigarette smoke gives me a violent migraine and I throw up.

Wish I could offer some assistance to you kind folk. Can tell non-Aussies about Oz. and have experience in Italy, Germany, France and Vanuatu.

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