Trans - Vietnam Train Journey - 18 days

. Hanoi - Sapa Trekking - Halong - Hue - Hoian - Nha Trang - Saigon - Mekong Delta

Trans-Vietnam Train Journey - through stunning landscape named among Asia’s best by Tripadvisor

It won't be the most convenient or comfy train ride of your life, but a trans-Vietnam journey will always be an unforgettable experience.

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Overview

. Daily departure from Hanoi or Saigon

Trans-Vietnam Train Journey - 18 days

Itinerary Overview

DAY 1: HANOI BY NIGHT STREET FOOD TOUR
DAY 2: HANOI - CITY TOUR - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA (9 HOURS)
DAY 3: Y LINH HO - LAO CHAI - TA VAN VILLAGES TREKKING
DAY 4: TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI - SU PAN - BAN HO
DAY 5: BAN HO - NAM TOONG - SAPA - HANOI BUS (5 HOURS)
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD
DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI - HUE OVERNIGHT TRAIN JOURNEY (12 HOURS)
DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR
DAY 9: HUE - HOIAN SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY (3 HOURS)
DAY 10: HOIAN - MY SON TOWERS
DAY 11: HOIAN - FREE DAY
DAY 12: HOIAN - NHA TRANG DAY TRAIN JOURNEY (10 HOURS)
DAY 13: NHA TRANG - FREE DAY
DAY 14: NHA TRANG - SAIGON DAY TRAIN JOURNEY (8 HOURS)
DAY 15: SAIGON - CU CHI - CITY TOUR
DAY 16: SAIGON - MEKONG WITH HOMESTAY
DAY 17: MEKONG - SAIGON
DAY 18: SAIGON - DEPARTURE

List of Suggested Hotels

Standard Option (2* & 3*)


Hanoi: Hanoi Emerauld Hotel
Sapa: Panorama Hotel
Halong: A Class Legend Cruise
Hue: Orchid hotel
Hoi An: Uptown Hoi An Hotel
Nha Trang: The Light hotel
Ho Chi Minh: Saigon Beautiful 3 hotel
Can Tho: Hau Giang
Mekong Cruise Mekong Eyes Cruise
Siem Reap: Desire Park Hotel
Phnom Penh: Hang Neak Hotel

Superior Option (3* & 4*)


Hanoi: Hanoi Noble Hotel 
Sapa: Sapa Vista hotel
Halong: Stellar Cruise
Hue: Cherish hotel
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Nha Trang: Michelia Nha Trang
Ho Chi Minh: Tan Hoang Long Saigon Hotel
Can Tho: Kim Tho Hotel
Siem Reap: Angkor Holiday Hotel
Mekong Cruise: Mekong Eyes Cruise
Phnom Penh: Queen Grand Boutique Hotel

Deluxe Option (4*)


Hanoi: Golden Silk boutique hotel
Sapa: Sapa Amazing Hotel
Halong: Huong Hai Sealife Cruise
Hue: Edora Hotel
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Nha Trang: Michelia Nha Trang
Ho Chi Minh: Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa
Can Tho: Muong Thanh Luxury hotel
Mekong Cruise: Mekong Eyes Cruise
Siem Reap: Somadevi Angkor
Phnom Penh: Frangipani Hotel

Luxury Option (5*)


Hanoi: Hanoi Apricot
Sapa: Victoria Resort & Spa
Halong: Signature Cruise
Hue: La Resedence Hue Hotel and Spa
Hoi An: Sunrise Hoian Beach Resort and Spa
Nha Trang: Sunrise Beach Resort
Ho Chi Minh: Majestic Hotel Saigon
Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort
Mekong Cruise: Mekong Eyes Cruise
Siem Reap: Sokha Angkor
Phnom Penh: Sokha Phnom Penh

Note*:

  • Depending on your budget, you can choose a suitable hotel category

  • Early checking/late checkout are not included and you can change the to any other hotels  and room type if required. Additional charge/discount will be made accordingly

  • The list of hotels are used for our all tour itineraries which may includes Cambodia

Tour Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

Tour Exclusions

Important information

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the travel consultant whom you deal with and then our hot line contact. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please send us a detailed message and contact information by email, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

Our all travel consultants use WhatApps. Please ensure that you have the contact number. It's best to buy a local sim-card. Most hotels offer free wifi. So it's very easy to contact in urgent case.

Emergency contact numbers

Mr. Kelvin Do: +84 986759655

Ms. Thuy Pham: +84 984654964

COMBO TRIP

If you book small group tour option, please note that the tour combines with our other tours. As such, As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

You can start the tour on any date (please contact our consultant in advance to avoid peak dates or holidays) and customize itinerary with extra days/activities at any destination.

Internal Flights

For all internal flights - if included, we would use any as Vietnamairlines, Vietjesair, Jestar, Cambodia Angkorair or Laos Airlines, depending on the itinerary. Most domestic flights in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, airlines would use small 70 seat ATR72 for short distances. Most airlines in Vietnam use the Airbus A321. 20kg for checkin luggage and 7kg for hand-bag is included in the price.

International flights pre/post tour must be booked by your self before travelling date.  

Accommodation

We would use different hotel categories and you can select any basing on your budget. So your travel companions would not stay at the your hotel. A Hotel Voucher will be provided once your tour is confirmed with all hotel details.

Packing List

Conservative Dress

  • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
  • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Note*: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Dec-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Nov it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

Documents

  • All tickets (required)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas
  • Hotel & Tour Vouchers
  • Meeting sign (with your names and flight details that we will use for transfers)
     

Train Travel

Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and not at western standard. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. For short distance - 3 hours (as Hue to Danang or vv), you will do the trip on soft/hard seat carriage.
Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. You should have meal and buy water before the journey.
Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.

Airport transfers

All airport transfers are included in the tour price. You should provide us your arrival/departure flight details and we will arrange things basing on the information. A meeting sign with your name and all flight details will be sent to you. Please be ready at the lobby at pointed time for pickup.

Driver/guide should always be present at the airport before your arrival time. If you could not find the driver, please contact your travel consultant who you deal with. For any reason that airport transfer could not be arranged, please take the taxi to the hotel. We will refund the money then.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. When travelling with us, you are suggested to buy insurance that covers all medical coverage, cancellation, personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Be aware that petty theft can be an issue in some towns and cities especially late at night. A common tactic is opportunists on motorbikes that drive by and snatch bags. Please always leave valuables and passports etc in your hotel in safety boxes if available and only carry with you enough cash to spend for the day. Bags should always be carried over the neck and not left to sit on your shoulder.

Warming

Please do not buy gems unless you know what you are doing. Even if genuine you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Please note that visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are the responsibility of the inpidual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change.
CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained at the Cambodian border or Siem Reap Airport for approx. $35 USD very easily. Please have *at least* 2 passport photos with you as well.
VIETNAM - As of March 2017, a select 80 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-Visa. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible. Please note that you should ONLY apply for a Vietnam E-Visa if you are entering Vietnam by international airport - either Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
If you are entering Vietnam by land border, please apply for a regular visa for Vietnam. Many of the land borders we travel through do not accept the Vietnam E-Visa. Please view this link to apply E-Visa: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt
We will help you apply an approval letter for visa on arrival if you enter Vietnam through international airports. You will have to pay for stamping fees to the custom at the airport. View how visa on arrival works through this link: https://www.indochinatreks.com/Vietnam_Visa_On_Arrival
LAOS - Visas are issued upon arrival in Laos. You will need two passport size photographs and approx $35. Tourists are generally admitted to Laos for 15 days with a visa on arrival or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Lao embassy. Please bring visa photos with you.
Please be aware that you will require four clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $3-$5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.

Electricity

Indochina Countries use 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3 pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adapter.

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