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Friday 10 May 2024

Afternoon high tea on the right side of the tracks

It's certainly not the 5.10pm to Blacktown.

For those who like the train trips to be stylish and fun, The Vietage by Anantara has announced the introduction of a second railway carriage to operate a daily return journey between Nha Trang and Quy Nhon from May 15.

Building on the resounding success of the existing carriage running every day between Da Nang and Quy Nhon, the new custom-designed addition will offer "a timeless luxury travel experience through south-Ccntral Vietnam".

The five-hour journeys meander through the scenic Vietnamese countryside.

With 12 reservation-only seats in private booths of two, the carriages have big picture windows to reveal the stunning views.

A sit-up bar gives guests the chance to watch mixology masters in action as the on-board hosts create rail-inspired cocktails and mocktails.

There is also a dedicated spa area for 15-minute head-and-shoulder treatments.

An sumptuous afternoon tea experience features taste tempters like poached Bai Dai lobster and Dalat caviar along with finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and traditional scones with all the trimmings.

An artisanal cheese and charcuterie platter rounds off the occasion.

Refreshments include a tea selection from the Vietnamese tea brand Epicurean Sao, ethically-sourced local coffee from La Folliet, plus free-flowing wines, cocktails, beers, mocktails and soft drinks.

An à la carte menu also offers premium wines and champagnes for pre-order, while caviar fans can purchase extra portions on board.

Guests will be hoping to view a water buffalo, Vietnam’s national animal, as the train makes its way through the country.

Guests travelling from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon can enjoy combination accommodation experiences with Anantara Quy Nhon Villas for a luxury beachside break.

A number of packages are available but this excess does not come cheap.

A one-way ticket aboard The Vietage by Anantara between Nha Trang and Quy Nhon costs $US420 per person, including luxury afternoon tea, a 15-minute head and shoulder treatment, free-flowing wines, cocktails, beers, mocktails, soft drinks and a selection of local tea and coffee.

The Vietage by Anantara departs from Nha Trang every afternoon arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon in the evening. It then continues up to Da Nang, arriving after midnight.

Running in the opposite direction, The Vietage by Anantara’s additional carriage departs from Da Nang every morning, arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon in the early afternoon and then onto Nha Trang for a mid-evening arrival.

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