Vietnam Train Odyssey
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Info : Vietnam Train Odyssey

If you can spare a little extra time then there is no better way to explore Vietnam than by train. Follow the route of the 'Reunification Express' from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City via paddyfields, mountains and ancient ports.

As well as taking in the scenery whilst on board, you'll have plenty of time to see the sites with our unique guided tours in each place you visit.

Highlights include

  • Watching the lush and varied scenery unfold from your vantage point on the train.
  • Setting sail on picturesque Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat cruise.
  • Exploring the sights of Hanoi and Saigon, the highlights and some hidden gems.
  • Discovering the ancient town of Hoi An and its surrounding countryside.
  • Relaxing on a quite beach near Nha Trang.
  • High quality hotels throughout.

The train carriages are not luxurious but most are comfortable; talk to our Vietnam experts if you are concerned about quality and would prefer to travel some sections of the journey by car or plane instead.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £2,900 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Vietnam experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   


Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include.

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding). 
  • Meals as described, 
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.  


Day-to-Day Itinerary : Vietnam Train Odyssey

Day 1 Depart the UK

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Hanoi.

DAYs 2-3  HANOI   Explore the Old Quarter

On arrival your guide will meet you for the transfer to your Hanoi hotel. Here there will be a combination of free time and time spent with your guide exploring the historic and cultural heart of the city. Visit the Temple of Literature, take a cyclo ride and taste some delicious local food.  

DAYs 4-5 Halong BAY  Set sail on a traditional boat

It’s a road journey to Halong Bay where, on arrival, you’ll board the Dragon Pearl Boat. On your overnight cruise of the bay you’ll pass stunning rock formations, stopping to swim, kayak and explore caves. Alternatively you can just relax on board while watching the beautiful scenery from the sun deck or from your private cabin.

Following the cruise your guide will transfer you to Hanoi station for your overnight train journey to Hue.

Days 6-7 Hue   visit the former capital

On arrival in Hue your guide will meet you for the transfer to your resort. During your stay you’ll explore the Perfume River, The Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda, travelling between some of these sights by boat.

Days  8-10 Hoi An   discover the atmospheric ancient town

The route over The Cloudy Pass to Hoi An has magnificent views. This journey can be taken by train or car depending on how train times work out on any given day.

On arrival in Hoi An you'll be taken to your accommodation. Here you have three days in which to relax or to explore the pretty lantern-lined streets and excellent restaurants. During your stay you’ll take a guided tour of the local countryside which could include cycling, fishing and padding a traditional bamboo basket – the tour will be tailored for you.

DAY 11 Da Nang to Nha Trang   a day on the train

Today you’ll travel south by train to Nha Trang. This route is usually by day so there is lots of time to see the paddy fields and villages unfold before you.

Days 11-12 Nha Trang   Relax by the beach

On arrival you’ll transfer to Mia Resort on the coast for a couple of quiet days by the beach.  

Days 13-15 Ho Chi Minh City  highlights and contrasts

Board the daytime train from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City for the final leg of your north-south journey.

On arrival in “Saigon” you’ll check in at your hotel and then the evening is free for you to relax. During your stay there will be a chance to explore the highlights of the city with a few unique local experiences too.  You can also visit the mangrove forests and markets of the Mekong Delta and, if time permits, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Day 16 Fly Home

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for your flight back to the UK. 

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