The Vietage provides a stylish way to travel between Anantara’s resorts in Hoi An and Quy Nhon.
Train enthusiasts, look here—the Bangkok-based Anantara hotel brand has just launched The Vietage, a custom-designed railway carriage that transports 12 guests on a six-hour journey through the Vietnamese countryside. Those on board are treated to a gourmet dining experience while taking in scenes of local villages and paddy fields, beaches, and jungled mountains through large picture windows.
The carriage’s bright interiors are adorned with wood and rattan elements, and feature six private seating booths accommodating two passengers each. There’s even a sit-up bar for travelers to socialize and enjoy local craft beers, wines, and snacks. And part of The Vietage has been set aside for a wellness space where therapists deliver head-and-shoulder massages on the go.
As for dining, the onboard à la carte menu offers French-Vietnamese dishes that showcase local ingredients. Savory options range from braised wagyu beef neck to a Quy Nhon seafood salad, while desserts include strawberries sourced from the highlands around Dalat, passion fruit tart, and crème brulée made with premium Dong Nai chocolate. Additionally, indulgent bites like local caviar and a selection of fine cheeses are available for pre-purchase.
The Vietage celebrated its inaugural journey on July 1, and now runs daily return services between Da Nang and Quy Nhon 11 months of the year (the railway carriage is not in service during the Tet holiday period). It departs Da Nang at 9:31 a.m. every morning and pulls into Quy Nhon’s Dieu Tri station—a half-hour drive from Anantara Quy Nhon Villas—at 3:43 p.m., while passengers on the northbound journey leave Dieu Tri at 5:29 p.m. and arrive in Da Nang at 11:01 p.m. A one-way ticket costs US$185, and includes a pre-ordered three-course meal; free-flow wines, beers, and soft drinks; bar snacks; as well as a 30-minute head and shoulder spa treatment.
For more information, visit thevietagetrain.com.