We have really lost our way with train station waiting rooms in the UK. Benches formed of plastic that simultaneously drain you of comfort and joy in the immediate world. What I’m proposing is that we look to our friends in Hanoi, who clearly decided that budget aside, what foreigners need pre journey is a injection of regality. You are not just boarding any train. You are boarding a Vietnamese railway train.
Unfortunately the beds on the train were about half the size, but then so are most Vietnamese. I blame those chairs for getting my grandiose travelling hopes up.