Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee
Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee

Vietnam by Train from Hanoi to Saigon - 14 days

Visited places: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Be, Vinh Long, Can Tho
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Budget, Train

Our budget tour explores Vietnam by train from Hanoi to Saigon in 14 days, 13 nights. The tour brings you to key tourist attractions in Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town, Cai Be – Vinh Long, Can Tho Cai Rang Floating Market, Saigon.

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, VietnamThe trip is a combination of group tour and independent travel. The services are shared by group to make the costs cheaper; while you have ample free time at each location to explore the place yourself.

A tour guide is provided for certain visits and at train stations for pick-ups and see-offs only. You could definitely request a tour guide for an optional tour during your free time. Our experienced travel experts are available for further assistance on the phone or via email 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

The pace of travel is easy. The hotels for the trip are carefully researched and selected with convenient location for dining, shopping and touring.

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Arrive in Ha Noi (without guide) (no meal)
Day2 Ha Noi at leisure (B)
Day3 Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (without guide) (B/L/D)
Day4 Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Hue (SE3: 1930-0830 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance onto the train, without guide on the train) (B)
Day5 Arrive in Hue (0830 A.M)/Hue Citadel Tour (with guide, no early check-in, no included meals)
Day6 Hue free at leisure (B)
Day7 Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train, with guide for car transfers and at train stations) /Hoi An free time(B)
Day8 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day9 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day10 Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon (SE1: 1341-0545 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance at the train stations, no guide on the train) (B)
Day11 Arrive in Sai Gon (0545 A.M) /Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (with guide) (L)
Day12 Can Tho Floating Market – Sai Gon (with guide) /Free at leisure (B)
Day13 Saigon free day (B)
Day14 Depart Sai Gon (no tour guide) (B)

Hotels (centrally located in each city)
Ha Noi :  2 nights
Hue : 2 nights
Hoi An:  3 nights
Sai Gon:/ 2 nights
Can Tho:  1 night

Halong Bay: 1 night

Train: 2 nights

Trip tariff (seat-in-coach basis, minimum 2 persons):
Single supplement: .

Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
  • Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
  • Private car or shared van for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
  • Train tickets for 4-sharing A/C soft-sleeper compartments for Ha Noi – Hue and Da Nang – Sai Gon per itinerary;
  • Train ticket for A/C soft seats for Hue – Da Nang as per itinerary;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River at Can Tho and between Vinh Long – Cai Be as in the program;
  • Private Twin/Double-shared cabin on a shared-junk cruise on Ha Long Bay as per itinerary;
  • Meals as indicated in the program  B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;

Exclusions

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Visa arrangements;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
  • International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Trip summaryNotre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

There are 2 nights in Hanoi with a group meeting on the arrival day and a full day at leisure.

From Hanoi, you have a group tour to Halong Bay where we have a junk cruise with overnight on board.

In Hue, you have 2 nights and 2 days for a boat trip, group tour of the Imperial Citadel.

You have 3 nights in Hoi An with 2 full days at your own pace.

In Can Tho –“the Capital of the Mekong Delta”, you have a full day and 1 night to take in a complete picture of this exotic land. The trip brings you to visit communities living on the islands of the Mekong and extraordinary floating markets.

In Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City), you have 2 nights with 1 full day exploring the vibrant city at your own pace. The journey concludes when our driver escorts you to the Tan Son Nhat Airport for the departure flight.

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Arrive in Ha Noi (without guide) (no included meals)
Welcomed at the airport by our tour guide and driver and transferred to the hotel.
Free time.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Included
Car transfer with guide.
Accommodation in Hanoi.

Not included
Meals: about USD10/person/lunch or dinner.
Drinks: USD0.5-1/beer.
Water: USD0.5/small bottle of water.

Day2 Ha Noi Morning Walking Tour (with guide)/Afternoon at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning city tour on foot.
Afternoon at leisure.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guide for the morning walking tour of Hanoi.
Accommodation in Hanoi.

Not included
Admission fees.
Lunch, dinner, drinks.

Day3 Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (without guide) (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by shuttle bus to Halong Bay.
Overnight junk cruise to visit the bay, visit a cave and a beach.
Overnight on board the junk.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay by shuttle bus.
Entrance fees and pier fees for Halong Bay.
Lunch and dinner on board.
Accommodation in a cabin on the junk.

Not included
Guide for the road transfer.
Drinks on board.

Day4 Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Hue (SE3: 1930-0830 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance onto the train, without guide on the train) (B/L)
Breakfast on board the junk.
Visit a lagoon by rowing boat.
Cruise on Halong Bay and back to the pier at 11:00 A.M
Lunch at a restaurant by the pier.
Transfer back to Hanoi by shuttle bus.

Included
Breakfast.
Visit to a lagoon by rowing boat.
Junk cruise on Halong Bay.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Transfer from Halong Bay to Hanoi by shuttle bus.
Guide assistance to the train station in Hanoi.
Ticket for soft-sleeper in a shared compartment on a train bound for Hue from Hanoi.

Not included
Drinks on board.
Guide for the road transfer from Halong to Hanoi.
Dinner.
Taxi fee from the hotel or pickup point to Hanoi train station (less than USD/taxi).

Day5 Arrive in Hue (0830 A.M)/Hue Citadel Tour (with guide, no early check-in, no included meals)
Arriving at Hue, welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel by taxi. Your room may not be ready yet, but you can leave your luggage at the storage area of the hotel.
Walking tour of Hue Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market.
Free afternoon.
Overnight in Hue.

Included
Guide for the pick-up at the train station and the morning tour on foot.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hue.

Not included
All meals and drinks
Taxi from Hue train station to the hotel (less than USD2/taxi).
Entrance fee to Hue Imperial Citadel (VND150,000/person)

Day6 Hue free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Hue.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hue.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks

Day7 Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train, with guide for car transfers and at train stations) /Hoi An free time(B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guide assistance to the train station for the day train bound for Da Nang.
Arriving at Da Nang, picked up by our tour guide and driver and transferred to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guide assistance to the train station in Hue.
Guide and car transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.
Taxi fee from the hotel in Hue to Hue Train Station (less than USD2/taxi).

Day8 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Hue.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day9 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day10 Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon (SE1: 1341-0545 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance at the train stations, no guide on the train) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer with guide to Da Nang train station for the overnight train bound for Saigon.
Overnight on board the train.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer with guide from Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station.
Train ticket for soft-sleeper shared compartment.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day11 Arrive in Sai Gon (0545 A.M) /Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (with guide) (L)
Arriving at Saigon, welcomed by our local tour guide at the train station.
Transfer by private car without guide to Cai Be where you get on a boat for exploring life on the Mekong River. You’ll visit familial businesses such as making candy, popcorn… Lunch in an orchard. Rejoin the car for the road trip to Can Tho.
Overnight at Can Tho.

Included
Guide assistance at Saigon Train Station.
Transfer without guide from Saigon to Cai Be.
Boat trip with guide from Cai Be to Vinh Long.
Lunch at Vinh Long.
Transfer by car without guide from Vinh Long to Can Tho.
Accommodation at a hotel in Can Tho.

Not included
Breakfast, dinner and drinks.

Day12 Can Tho Floating Market – Sai Gon (with guide for the floating market) /Free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our local guide picks you up from the hotel. Have a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market.
Back to the hotel for checking out and joining our car for the transfer back to Saigon.
Free time.
Overnight at Saigon.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Boat trip with guide to Cai Rang Floating Market.
Car transfer without guide from Can Tho to Saigon.
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day13 Saigon free day (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day14 Depart Sai Gon (no tour guide) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer without guide to the airport for your departure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer without guide from the hotel in Saigon to the airport.

Not included:
Airfares, departure taxes.