TRAVEL IN VIETNAM BY TRAIN
Traveling through Vietnam by train can be the most memorable and rewarding way to experience and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam. This 11-day-program introduces you to the highlights of Vietnam from the sparkling clear waters of Nha Trang and Ha Long Bay to the exciting nightlife of Saigon to quiet, introspective Hanoi. Along the way, feast on one of the world’s most and to meet the friendly local people.
Day 1: ARRIVAL (D)
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon). Meet & Greet at international Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the hotel in downtown Sai Gon.
Dinner and overnight in Sai Gon.
Day 2: SAIGON CITY TOUR - FULL DAY (B, L)
We take a day tour of Saigon with our guide, who will share the rich history and cultural nuances of the city’s sights. We will visit to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants museum, Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
In the afternoon we visit to Jade Emperor Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Saigon. The last sight we will visit today is Ben Thanh market, where all kind of goods are offered.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 3: SAIGON - DAY TRAIN TO NHA TRANG (B, L)
Free at your leisure in the next morning.
In the afternoon we board the SE2 Reunification Express at 14.40, traveling through the lush green paddy fields up the coast, arriving in the resort of Nha Trang in the evening.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 4: NHA TRANG CITY & BEACH (B, L)
Morning we will visit fascinating Ponagar Cham tower, Hon Chong (Husband islet) Rock and The Oceanographic institute featuring an aquarium full of colorful marine life including seashore and tropical reef fishes.
After lunch we take boat trip to Hon Tam Island, a new beach paradise in Nha Trang, where you can swim, scuba dive, and fishing or do other water sports or just relax on the beach.
Come back and overnight in Nhatrang.
Day 5: NHA TRANG - NIGHT TRAIN TO DA NANG (B)
Today you are free to continue relax in the finest beach in Vietnam (optional lunch) until time transfer to Nha Trang railway station for SE1 night train to Danang at 21.00.
Overnight on train.
Day 6: DA NANG - HOIAN (B, L)
Following our morning arrival in Da Nang, we visit the famous Cham Museum with its collection of relics from the Cham Kingdom.
After that, we continue to Hoi An where we can wander around the old streets, a mixture of Japanese and Chinese architecture that reflects its history as an important trading port.
Overnight in Hoian.
Day 7: HOIAN - HUE (B, L)
Morning we transfer to Hue, the cultural capital of Central Vietnam, stopping at the Lang Co beach for lunch and Hai Van pass for photograph, before touring Hue to visit the Imperial Citadel, Thienmu pagoda and Tu Duc tomb in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: HUE - DAY TRAIN TO HANOI (B, L)
Early check out procedure and get on SE2 Reunification Express for our day journey to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L)
Today we will begin to tour Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda the Museum of Ethnology and the Temple of Literature.
Afternoon we walk around Hoan Kiem lake before enjoy one hour cyclo ride around the Old Quarter. In the early evening we will attend a performance of a traditional Water Puppet Theatre.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: HANOI - HALONG - HANOI (B, L)
Heading out of Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, on arrival we cruise this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoying a leisurely boat trip through the bay stopping to explore some of the many islands, caves and grottoes.
In the early evening we return to Hanoi following a lunch of freshly caught seafood onboard the boat.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 11: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B)
The day is at leisure until transfer to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for departure.
- National SE2 train tickets – soft seat and sleeper
- All land transportation as shown in the program
- 9 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation in twin sharing room
- 1 night aboard a sleeper train (sharing 4-berth cabin) on Day 5
- 19 meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 1 dinner
- Boat cruising on Nha Trang and Halong bay
- English-speaking local guides
- Cyclo ride in Hanoi
- All entrance and sightseeing fees
- International airfares & airport taxes in/out Vietnam
- (Single) Entry visa to Vietnam
- Meals that not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone...)