Rail travel might seem antique, but there’s something magical about travelling in a luxurious train that makes you want to experience it again and again. From watching the scenic landscapes to enjoying the magnificent city roll by through huge glass windows as you sit comfortably in an air-conditioned cabin – it is an experience that literally replicates a scene from a Hollywood movie.
Introducing one such experience in Vietnam is The Vietage. The Vietage brings luxury railway journeys through the Vietnamese countryside connecting Da Nang and Quy Nhon cities. Complete with sleek-lined modern interiors, big picture windows and large comfy seats, the custom-designed opulent carriage comes with 12 reservation-only seats.
A perfect blend of comfort and luxury, The Vietage immerses its guests into the culture, nature and history of the country heralding a new age of glamorous train travel. Developed by Anantara, The Vietage introduces memorable journeys between Anantara Hoi An and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, a unique Vietnamese luxury travel experience for its guests.
Da Nang to Quy Nhon
Linking the historic city of Da Nang to the scenic city of Quy Nhon, The Vietage gives its guests a chance to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam’s countryside.
The Vietage departs from Da Nang every morning at 09:31, arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon at 15:43. The return journey departs from Dieu Tri at 17:29 and arrives in Da Nang at 23:01. The Vietage runs for eleven months each year, taking a break during the annual Vietnamese Tet holiday period.
During the six-hour journey, guests encounter a wide range of options to satiate their taste buds. From a sit-up bar equipped with local craft beers and wines to an exclusively-curated menu that evokes the essence of Vietnam with a French twist, there’s something for everyone on board.
When it comes to cuisine, dishes such as Quy Nhon seafood salad, barley risotto and braised Wagyu neck are among the favourites. Sweet endings come in the form of local Da Lat strawberries, passion fruit tart and a typical French-style crème brulée made with superior Dong Nai chocolate from Vietnam.
An à la carte menu also offers premium wines, champagnes and treats such as local caviar and the finest selection of both local and international cheeses.
If this was not enough, the carriage also comes with a dedicated area for spa treatments – with head and shoulder treatments on the go as the train passes through local villages, rural countryside and stops at a few stations on the way.
The Vietage, created by Anantara, provides luxurious cross-country transfers for guests travelling between Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas
A one-way ticket aboard The Vietage costs US$185 per person, including a three-course, pre-ordered meal, free-flow wines, beers and soft drinks, bar snacks and a 30-minute head and shoulder treatment.
Combination accommodation packages are available with Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas for guests to experience each destination and can be booked directly on their website.
The Vietage also contributes to the ‘Dollars for Deeds’ programme, in which US $1 per ticket is donated and guests on board are at liberty to make their own contribution. Donations are given to the Kianh Foundation, a not-for-proﬁt charity providing a full-time, customised, special needs curriculum for children with disabilities in the Quang Nam Province of Central Vietnam. ◼
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© This article was first published online in July 2020 – World Travel Magazine.