In October, we are staying at Emeralda resort for two nights (after transferring from Halong Bay by car) and have arranged for Toan to take us on moto tours - full day the next day, and half day on our last day.
I am considering taking the train back to Hanoi, for the experience and interaction with locals.
My questions: as it gets dark at about 5.30pm, should we take the 12.52pm train and experience the views? Are the views from the train worth it?
The other option is taking the 4.58pm train and enjoying more time with Toan in the NB area.
Which would you do?
Also, I understand that we can buy food on the train, and I am assuming that the boys will be able to move around a bit more, rather than be trapped in a car seat. Is this a correct assumption?
Either way, I think that my elderly Dad will enjoy the journey as something different.
I plan on asking our Hanoi hotel to organise the train tickets for us when we arrive.
Is that sufficient notice, or should I pre-book?
(We have our Danang-Hanoi sleeper train tickets already, but that was a bit of a hassle through the agent in Australia.)
I'd rather leave it if 4 days notice would be enough.