In Vietnam, we travel on the North-South Railway, unofficially called the 'Reunification Express'. Opened in 1936, nearly 40 years after construction started in 1899, this route takes you from Hanoi in the north of Vietnam, to Ho Chi Minh City in the south - a journey of just over 1,000 miles. The journey winds through some of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam, including the Hai Van Pass, with stunning views over the South China Sea, and the beach resort of Lang Co, and offers an insight into the Vietnamese way of life as you pass near rice fields. The trains are comfortable and air conditioned. Each soft sleeper carriage features four bunk beds, and there is also the option of a hot meal on board the train (payable locally).