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Vietnam

Vietnam

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. Vietnam's diverse natural environment, geography, history, and culture have created exciting potential for travelers. Vietnam offers endless coastlines, lush forests, and beautiful mountainous regions with numerous magnificent landscapes. As well, Vietnam has strong ties to their heritage and diversified culture with variety of ancient architecture constructions, and wonderful legends.

Rich in history, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, provides visitors with a glimpse of its 300 year old history while simultaneously spearheading its more than 5 million residents through the millennium. Along the coast cities like Nha Trang, Hue and Hoi An are a true display of pristine beauty matched with thriving culture. In the north, Hanoi’s chorus of bicycle bells mix with the sounds of construction tying in the old and new. Halong Bay’s more than 3,000 limestone structures protrude from the emerald waters to create a mystical waterway perfect for exploring, a true testament to the country’s vast diversity.
Vietnam

Locations

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong means "Where the Dragon Descends into the Sea." From the emerald-green waters of Halong Bay some 3,000 limestone and dolomite islands (or "grottos") rise jaggedly from the Gulf of Tonkin like medieval stone cathedral spires, or the scales on a dragon's back. Local lore has it that an enormous dragon created the bay, grottos and outcroppings as it thrashed its way toward the open sea to prevent the intrusion of enemy navies. Today, local fishermen still report encountering a giant sea beast called Tarasque, sort of the Loch Ness of the South China Sea. There is plenty to explore in the 4000 square kilometer body of water, and it is easy to find peaceful places to swim, fish, or just relax without seeing another soul, yet surrounded by majestic scenery.
Hanoi

Hanoi

You’ll be hard pressed to hear the chorus of bicycle bells over the hum of construction in Hanoi, but tradition still reigns supreme in Vietnam’s capital city. Colonial French houses cohabitate with striking skyscrapers in the Old Quarter, and languid lakes dot city parks, providing respite for the lunch hour crowd. There are some beautiful, quiet streets and neighborhoods in Hanoi, and such placid air gives it a gracious, almost regal flavor. Hanoi welcomes visitors with open arms to its fine galleries, charismatic stores, and exciting dining venues.
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) provides visitors with a glimpse of its 300 year old history while simultaneously spearheading its five million residents through the millennium. The old Saigon still survives in wide downtown avenues flanked by pristine colonials. Hectic and eclectic, Ho Chi Minh City has an attitude all its own. With incomes three times higher than the national average, residents enjoy a lifestyle rarely found in other parts of Vietnam. Savor Ho Chi Minh City with them, stop for a breakfast of coffee and croissants at a café before tackling a myriad of museums.
Hoi An

Hoi An

A picturesque river port 19 miles from Danang, Hoi An turns its gaze inwards to its rich history rather than outwards to the West for inspiration. Reminders of its role as an important port are scattered throughout the town in its Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese architecture. Boasting almost 850 historic structures and streetscapes, Hoi An is a walker’s wonderland with timeless treasures waiting to be discovered on every corner. Wander among historic homes and temples, perhaps stop to lounge in an open-air café, gaze at the oddities and exotic foods in the market, or take a sampan ride down the lazy river.
Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Welcome to Vietnam’s ocean city! Nha Trang is the coastal capital of Khanh Hoa province. Its legendary pristine beauty is known throughout Southeast Asia; a place of soft white sand surrounded by warm, turquoise waters filled with an abundance of sea life and dotted with islands. The palm-lined sandy beach makes Nha Trang one of Vietnam's most popular destinations for Vietnamese and visitors alike. A backdrop of mountains to the west and north not only provide picturesque scenery, but serve to protect Nha Trang from the rest of the country's weather patterns; Nha Trang enjoys the well-deserved reputation of having the best climate in Vietnam, with an estimated 250 days of sunshine a year.
Victoria Express Train

Victoria Express Train

Travel in style on board the luxurious Victoria Express Train which features a dining carriage and two elegant sleeping carriages, making for a comfortable traveling experience that evokes a romantic era. 

Pass through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam while watching beautiful scenery pass by from the luxury of your seat, or take a nap in the comfort of the cozy sleeping carriage. Indulge in the dining carriage, 'Le Tokin', (operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday only) and savor the delights of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisine complemented by a wine selection. 

The train departs Hanoi daily (except Saturday) at 9:55 pm and arrives Lao Cai 6:30 am the following morning and returns from Lao Cai daily (except Saturday) at Lao Cai 9:00 pm and arrives Hanoi 5:30 am the following morning. 

The Victoria Express Train is a 10 hour trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai, accommodating 48 passengers with comfortable seating, a dining carriage and two luxurious sleeping carriages. Each sleeping carriage has 6 superior cabins (4 berths) and 2 deluxe cabins (2 berths), all are air conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage, toilet and oversized windows.