you can walk on the tracks from Hanoi station to the bridge of Long Bien. it’s a peaceful place.
in town, people live on the tracks, making fire to cook a meal or just watching the day go by, and kids are playing. there is a cool café with low wooden benches.
when the train comes, they quickly get inside their homes – after they’ve shouted at the tourists to get the hell out of the way. And suddenly, for a brutal minute, the train running at full speed fills the space with a fury of sound.
and then life resumes.