Along Vietnam by Train 15 days - Small Group Tour

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

15 days

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Maximum Seats

6

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hue – My Khe Beach – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market

If you seek fresh experiences and aim to witness Vietnam from an alternative perspective, the 15-day Along Vietnam by Train tour provides a distinctive opportunity to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and culture. This journey, spanning from North to South, grants you the opportunity to observe the picturesque countryside that may be overlooked when traveling by air. Despite its vintage charm, the Vietnamese railway system offers a nostalgic allure and reasonably reliable service, allowing you to relax while immersing yourself in the stunning vistas of the country’s mountains, rivers, and coastline.

Embark on the train journey, traversing southward to discover enchanting villages and picturesque landscapes inhabited by hospitable locals!

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Morning Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, proceed to Pole No.10 (Located outside the Terminal Gate) and establish contact with us for easy identification. Transfer directly to the hotel in Hanoi. The standard check-in time is 14:00, with the option for an earlier check-in available at an additional cost. Enjoy some leisure time while anticipating lunch. Afternoon/ Evening Choose from various cultural activities, including the Water Puppet Show and Vietnamese Cooking Class or Foodie Tours, accessible through the provided links below: Water Puppet Show: Indulge in delicious Hanoi street food such as Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, etc. Explore unique local spots not typically found in guidebooks. Vietnamese Cooking Class Half Day: Learn the art of bargaining as you visit the market to purchase flavorful ingredients. Then, immerse yourself in hands-on cooking, guided by our tour expert, to create both non-vegetarian and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes. Meals: NA Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2

Day 2: Half-day Hanoi City Tour - Overnight Train to Lao Cai

Morning/ Afternoon Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Around 8:00 - 8:30: Explore Hanoi's renowned landmarks, delving into the history and culture of the capital. Visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's inaugural university, and a symbol of good fortune for students facing crucial exams today. Explore the mausoleum complex, featuring the iconic One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Uncle Ho rests in eternal slumber. Experience the serenity of West Lake and the ancient Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, standing for 1500 years. Note: A city tour by bus/car is available upon the customer's request. Night Savor dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant. Enjoy free time until 20:00, when the tour guide will accompany you to Hanoi train station. Please note that the guide will not be present during the train journey. Embark on an overnight train to Lao Cai, sharing a soft sleeper with air conditioning, with four berths per cabin. Note: Train schedules are subject to change. Private compartments are available upon request for an additional charge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 3

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Morning/ Afternoon At 6:00, disembark at Lao Cai train station. Transfer to Sapa on a shared bus, approximately a 1-hour journey. Check in at your pre-booked hotel, take some time to relax, and prepare for the full-day trekking adventure in Sapa. Embark on a 6 km trek through Muong Hoa Valley to Y Linh Ho Village, home to the Black Hmong community. Continue the trek for 2 km to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village, and pause at a local family's house for lunch. Trek an additional 2 km to reach the bus stop in Ta Van, and then return to your hotel. Night ­- Enjoy your evening relaxing in Sapa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight in Sapa
Day 4

Day 4: Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Morning/ Afternoon At 8:00, embark on a 4 km trek to explore Cat Cat village and unwind by the captivating waterfall, along with a visit to the remains of a hydroelectric power station. A delightful picnic lunch awaits by the riverside. Subsequently, a 3 km trek leads you to Sin Chai Village, nestled at the base of Fansipan. Revel in the vast and breathtaking landscapes before ascending on the return journey to Sapa. Night Return to Hanoi via shuttle bus. Enjoy free time at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning Indulge in a hearty breakfast and complete the hotel check-out process in Hanoi. Begin your journey to Halong Bay for an enchanting 2-day-1-night cruise experience. Join a lively welcome celebration hosted by the skilled crew as the cruise gracefully departs for the bay area, accompanied by a delectable seafood feast after the introductory sightseeing tour. Note: Kindly note that the tour guide will not accompany you on the cruise, but the crew members are proficient in English. Afternoon Engage in activities outlined in the cruise itinerary such as cave exploration, kayaking, or a refreshing swim. Night Return to the cruise for a serene evening of relaxation and dining. Enjoy the peaceful night on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board
Day 6

Day 6: Hanoi - Hue: Road Transfer

Morning Kick off your day with a revitalizing Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Delight in a satisfying breakfast as the cruise navigates towards captivating caves, marking the conclusion of the sightseeing escapade. Return to the main dock and embark on the journey back to Hanoi, relishing lunch en route. Afternoon Arrive in Hanoi and seize the opportunity to explore Vietnamese Street food independently. Night Depart for Hanoi train station at 21:15 to catch the Hue night train (Unification Express, shared 4-berth air-conditioned compartment). Note: The train schedule may undergo changes, and an additional fee will be applicable if a private cabin is requested with supplements. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 7

Day 7: Half-day Hue City Tour

Morning/ Afternoon Indulge in a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Between 8:00 and 8:30, explore the ancient marvel, Thien Mu Pagoda, absorbing the serenity and enjoying a breathtaking view over the Perfume River. Immerse yourself in one of Vietnam's historically significant sites, the Imperial Citadel, unraveling the tales of the nation's pre-modern history and the opulence of royal life. Venture into Dong Ba Market, gaining insights into local daily life and seizing the opportunity to shop for unique souvenirs. Night Return to your hotel and unwind for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 8

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An: Road Transfer

Morning/ Afternoon: Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Commencing at 8:00 or 13:30, embark on a journey to Hoi An via shuttle bus or private car, pausing for a brief break along the route for some sightseeing (admission fee not included). Night: Complete the check-in process at the hotel in Hoi An and take some time to unwind. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 9

Day 9: Half-day Hoi An City Tour

Morning Delight in a scrumptious breakfast served at the hotel. At 8:00, engage in the Hoi An walking tour. Immerse yourself in the charm of Hoi An as you traverse through its historic streets, local residences, significant landmarks, and ancient structures. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall for a brief but enriching experience. Savor a refreshing glass of traditional herbal drink from a local street-side vendor. Afternoon Explore handicraft stores showcasing the art of souvenir making in the town and consider bringing home a piece of this craftsmanship if time allows. Night: Enjoy some leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh

Morning Relish a delightful breakfast at your accommodation. Explore the town at your own pace, taking in the local sights independently. If you desire, enhance your experience with an additional day tour, available at an extra cost. Consider options like: Hoi An Memory Show, a captivating fusion of visual art, music, and lighting. Teh Dar Show, offering a glimpse into Vietnamese cultural values. Hoi An Motorbike Street Food Tour, a culinary adventure sampling local delights. Afternoon Proceed to Da Nang train station for an overnight train journey to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon (shared 4-berth air-conditioned compartment). Please note that your guide will not accompany you during the train journey. Note: The train schedule is subject to change (ETD 22:15 hrs). Private compartments are available upon request for an additional fee. Night Enjoy some leisure time onboard the night train. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train
Day 11

Day 11: Half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Morning The train is scheduled to reach Saigon early in the morning, approximately around 5:30. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to enjoy a hearty breakfast. Check in at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and take advantage of some free time to unwind until the afternoon. Afternoon At 13:30, embark on a half-day city tour in Ho Chi Minh to explore some of the city's prominent attractions. Begin with a visit to the Reunification Palace, a symbol of Saigon's liberation, and then proceed to the War Remnants Museum, providing insights into Vietnam's turbulent history. Explore the classical French colonial architecture at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office. Conclude your tour with a visit to a local market, immersing yourself in an authentic local experience. Stroll around, observe, engage with local vendors to learn about their daily lives, and pick up some souvenirs. Night Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy leisure time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 12

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour

Morning Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00, embark on a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an intriguing site featuring an intricate network of underground tunnels and structures utilized by the Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. Take the opportunity to crawl through some sections of the tunnels to gain deeper insights into the historical context of the Vietnam War or engage in the firing-gun services, offering a chance to handle a real gun (available at an additional charge). Afternoon/ Evening Enjoy the remainder of the day at your own pace. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 13

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Morning Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Be transferred to Can Tho by our dedicated driver, a city nestled in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Afternoon/ Evening Around 13:30 - 14:00, board a boat to embark on an immersive journey through the diverse waterways of the Mekong. Explore fish farms and exotic fruit orchards, discovering the unique landscapes of orchards, paddy fields, and swamplands that characterize the Mekong Delta. Enjoy some free time at your leisure in Can Tho. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Day 14

Day 14: Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh

Morning Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served at the hotel. At 8:00, embark on a motorboat adventure to explore the bustling Cai Rang floating market, a vibrant hub of trading activities on the Mekong River. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and savor local delights like Hu Tieu, a traditional Mekong Delta rice noodle, or indulge in the unique flavor of durian, a favorite fruit among locals. Visit a rice husking mill and take a leisurely stroll through the village to witness the charming scenery and daily life of the locals. Afternoon/ Evening Around 13:30, disembark at Ninh Kieu. Following lunch in Can Tho, return to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 15

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Enjoy some leisure time on your own until it's time to transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departing flight. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: NA

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1548 USD
1148 USD
3star
Deluxe 1748 USD
1348 USD
4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay

* Sightseeing as specified .
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.
* Boat trips as specified.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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