Saigoneer

Back Arts & Culture » Culture » 10 Incredible Photos Of Life On Hanoi's Train Tracks

10 Incredible Photos Of Life On Hanoi's Train Tracks

Traffic in Vietnam is crazy but the train tracks that skirt through Hanoi’s residential areas reach levels of insanity.

Back in April, The Daily Mail took some incredible photos of these routes, capturing the everyday activities that occur next to these potentially fatal pathways.

It’s pretty incredible how residents have acclimated to this environment. While our jaws drop, for locals, this is just a fact of life - barbers cut hair, chefs cook meals and children play along the tracks, all of whom dart away with each passing train. After a few seconds of thundering noise, life returns to normal.

Ashit Desai, who took these fascinating photos, said that the locals simply just “know when the train is coming so they all move out of the way – it is a part of their routine.”

There are about 5000 illegal railway crossings in Vietnam that lack safe-barriers and/or warning signs. As a result railway-related accidents are common, causing nearly 2% of all deaths annually in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government is currently seeking a $1.7 billion investment to improve safety along its nearly over 3,000km of tracks.

[Daily Mail]

Related Articles

in Culture

10 Incredible Churches in Nam Dinh

While they get the most attention, the Cathedrals in Saigon and Hanoi pale in comparison with Nam Dinh’s. Not only does the province boast this magnificent architectural specimen, but also a plethora ...

in Culture

10 Photos Of The Amazing Vietnamese Spider-Men

While some Vietnamese cities have begun to move their tangled nests of electricity wires underground, they are still a ubiquitous feature of many urban neighborhoods.

in Culture

12 Of Saigon’s Best Parks And Open Spaces – Part 1

Though Saigon has lost quite a bit of its verdant luster over the years, there are still patches of green throughout the city that are worth checking out. Vietnam Coracle has made a handy guide to som...

in Culture

12 Of Saigon’s Best Parks And Open Spaces – Part 2

Though Saigon has lost quite a bit of its verdant luster over the years, there are still patches of green throughout the city that are worth checking out.Vietnam Coraclehas made a handy guide to some ...

in Culture

14 Incredible Satellite Photos Of Vietnam

There are plenty of hi-tech ways to show Vietnam’s beauty – time lapses and drone panoramas to name a few. But a less common vantage point is from above. Way above.

in Culture

15 Amazing Moments Captured On Vietnam’s Streets

In Vietnamese cities, streets are where life happens. With few parks available to the country’s urban masses, they serve as everything from entertainment venues to wedding halls to restaurants. They a...

Partner Content