The Vietage, a portmanteau of “Vietnam” and “vintage”, is Anantara’s debut into the luxury train service business. With just 12 seats across six private booths, the train carriage offers a scenic journey through Vietnam’s South Central Coast, between the Thai hospitality group’s properties Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas.
Built to transport guests back to the golden age of rail travel, the train features rattan dividers, wooden flooring, and large windows that offer inviting views of the surrounds. Guests can expect to see the UNESCO-listed heritage town of Hoi An, with its charming, shophouse-lined alleyways, glowing lanterns, and traditional teahouses, as well as Quy Nhon’s verdant national parks and ancient temples.
A one-way journey, priced at US$185, comes with a three-course French-Vietnamese meal, alongside free-flow wines, beers, soft drinks, and bar snacks. Meals are to be pre-ordered, while champagnes, caviar, and cheese platters can be pre-purchased. Highlights include Quy Nhon seafood salad, barley risotto, and braised wagyu, alongside desserts like Da Lat strawberries and crème brulée made with Dong Nai chocolate locally.
While there’re no sleeping pods, the cozy seats within each private booth ensure a comfortable six-hour journey. And if one fancies a stretch or two, there’s also a spa area where guests can enjoy a soothing 30-minute head and shoulder massage.
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