However, the city centre is still officially called Saigon, which is the city's traditional and historic name.
In fact, the city appears as Sai Gon in all Vietnamese railway timetables, it will say Sai Gon on your train ticket and as you can see from the photo, it actually says 'Sai Gon' in big letters on the station itself. Vietnamese embassy visa section, 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD, tel. To apply for a Visa-on-arrival at any major Vietnamese airport you can use visa agency Note that e-visas don't seem to be valid for entering or leaving Vietnam by rail via Dong Dang, only by road via Doing Dang, you either need a proper visa or use the 15-day visa exempt arrangement as per the update below.
The train runs along the South China Sea, snaking from cliff to jungle-covered cliff past beaches and islands, then heads through the lush green mountains via the Hai Van Pass to reach Danang.
Trains SE1 & SE2 also convey privately-run Livitrans & Violette Trains tourist sleepers between Hanoi, Hue and Danang, see the Livitrans & Violette section below.
SE5, SE6: air-conditioned hard sleepers, air-conditioned soft seats, air-conditioned hard seats, ordinary hard seats.
Over the last decade the Hanoi-Saigon train service has steadily improved with more trains & newer rolling stock.
Here are the principal services, there are additional trains at peak times such as the Tet holiday period in late January or February. Click here for interactive map of train, bus, ferry routes in Southeast Asia All these trains run every day except trains SE7 & SE8 which only run at busy periods.
Asia - look for the Livitrans or Violette logos rather than VR logo in the search results.