Saigon Golden Train

Saigon Golden Train
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99.6% of 231 travelers were presumably happy with Saigon Golden Train as they left good or no review

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Saigon Golden Train

Company Information

Saigon Golden Train is a great option for travellers in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) who are interested in enjoying some beach time at the popular seaside city of Nha Trang.

These carriages are attached to the Vietnam Railways SNT1 and SNT2 trains that connect HCMC and Nha Trang and each can accommodate up to 50 passengers. Do bear in mind that Saigon Golden Train is a popular choice along this route so it is worth booking in advance if possible, especially during busy periods such as Tet.

Routes served by Saigon Golden Train

Ho Chi Minh City–Nha Trang

There is one departure each day in both directions, with the journey typically lasting just over nine hours.

The train departs HCMC at 20.30 every evening, arriving in Nha Trang for 05.30, and costs VND1,340,000 for a space in a four-berth cabin. The cost is also the same if you're travelling in the opposite direction with the train departing Nha Trang at 20.05 and scheduled to arrive in HCMC at 05.25.


The carriages operated by Saigon Golden Train are typically of a higher quality that the standard Vietnam Railways carriages. Indeed, the difference in quality between carriages managed by Vietnam Railways and private operators on this route is more noticeable than on other routes such as Hanoi – Sapa.

The cabins onboard are more comfortable so you may find the higher price a worthwhile investment if it means that you can enjoy a better sleep.

As well as the food and drink vendors who wander up and down trains across the country, there is also an onboard restaurant open to customers of Saigon Golden Train, ideal if you want a slightly more substantial meal.


Unfortunately, Saigon Golden Train only offers one departure each day which may not fit into your schedule. It is also possible to visit Nha Trang from HCMC, or vice versa, travelling with Vietnam Railways where you can purchase slightly cheaper tickets and there are more departures each day so greater flexibility.

Also, if you're travelling on a tight budget then you may consider Saigon Golden Train too expensive for you. If this is the case then don't worry, Vietnam Railways is also a good way to travel and you've got a higher chance of making friends with the locals!

Keep in mind

It is worth noting that, unlike many other private operators on trains throughout Vietnam, Saigon Golden Train only offers four-berth carriages rather than private two-berth compartments.

Travellers reviews

Travellers who picked Saigon Golden Train for this trip are usually impressed with the quality and the comfort offered in the cabins. Unlike on some other routes around the country, the difference in quality between these and the standard Vietnam Railways cabins is more obvious and you may feel as though you're getting greater value for money.

However, if you're on a strict budget you may rather take your chances in the cheaper Vietnam Railways cabins. This is a view shared by some customers who believe that the difference in price is too large to justify choosing Saigon Golden Train. It really does just come down to a matter of personal choice.

Another issue that is made by reviewers of Saigon Golden Train is the cleanliness of the bathrooms onboard the trains. Cabins do not have individual bathrooms so you will have to share with other Saigon Golden Train customers and they can quickly become dirty with a large number of passengers using them. Unfortunately, this is an issue with train travel across the country in general. If it's any consolation, the bathrooms in the standard Vietnam Railways carriages are likely to be even worse! Just be sure to bring some toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you…

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December 2017

James, Dec 29, 2017 - Trip was comfortable, and was actually an hour early, which is impressive, a little bit cold, as you can't turn off the Aircon. Happy with trip

October 2017

Minki, Oct 10, 2017 - easy to book and to pick up tickets. it was nice to travel with a group of 4 so we had the whole cabin to ourselves. Saigon Golden Train SNT1 was not quite as clean and nice as expected, however we still enjoyed our trip! we would do it again!
Luke, Oct 4, 2017 - Not as good as advertised. I found the Vietnam Railways 1st class sleepers much better

August 2017

Rogelio, Aug 28, 2017 - Good service
Ewan, Aug 18, 2017 - Booking and ticket collection were seamless. My only complaints would be the freezing cold air conditioning through the night and sheets were not clean, which I had expected on the normal service- however on the Golden Train which is 3x price, I would expect clean sheets.
Simon, Aug 7, 2017 - Train and cabin was great on SNT1. We have travelled slowly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh all on train and this was the best leg by far. Cabin very clean and new, toilets very good throughout journey. Only negative was I am certain we booked on later train and we only realised at last minute that confirmed booking was made on earlier train, whilst confirmation still showed later arrival. Arrived HCM with 7 and 9 year old at 4am with no accommodation. If booking online I recommend double checking your ticket after confirmation comes through. - 12Go: Dear Simon Dante Gardini Thank you very much for your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience. There is only one departure per day for the Saigon Golden Train tickets that you purchased and so we are pretty sure that you got the correct tickets, however it is unusual for a train to arrive nearly an hour and half early and we are contacting them to see what happened here. Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly! Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team

July 2017

Lisa, Jul 10, 2017 - Saigon Golden Train was great! It was pretty easy to navigate the station and train left on time. I was unsure what to expect in terms of cleanliness, but I was happy to see a clean cabin with beds and floors. The toilet was also somewhat clean. I've camped on harder grounds and used dirtier toilets, so the accommodations exceeded my expectations. We arrived a little behind schedule but that worked out better for me. Would definitely take again.

April 2017

Karen, Apr 4, 2017 - Bed linen and carriage was clean and train arrived in Saigon in time. I have given this journey 3 stars as it wasn't worth the extra money - Saigon Golden Trains charge double the price of the normal Vietnam Rsilways sleepers. For the price difference you get clean linen and a face wipe. Karen

February 2017

Jessica, Feb 20, 2017 - If I could ever rate this in the minus I would. It was terrible. I paid nearly $100 aud and I got one of the poorest rooms at the back of the train next to a squeaky door. Then to find out by another passenger he only paid $20 for his ticket. Very upset. - 12Go: Dear Jessica Shalders We are very sorry about this! Can you please send us a picture of your ticket and the cabin if possible and we will investigate what happened here. Best regards, Spencer Tiesse, 12Go Business Development Team [Support case #108506](
Anders, Feb 19, 2017 - Ok train ride, but far from anything you can call VIP. much cleaner and comfy than 1. class so. Poor description about where to get the tickets, but great support by 12GO, the Golden Saigon Staff and the local trainstation staff.
Hayley, Feb 1, 2017 - Lovely little room but quite noisy to sleep in and the toilet wasn't too pleasant, needed a good clean!

January 2017

Michelle, Jan 23, 2017 - We enjoyed the overnight train journey itself however the cabins were not as nice as the pictures.. the bed felt like the floor and the toilet in the golden train carriage was disgusting.. no toilet paper at the beginning and not clean.. expected more for the extra money spent for the private carriage. Booking with 12go Asia however was extremely easy and support was great.

December 2016

Anita, Dec 21, 2016 - An enjoyable way to travel. We have an 18 month old and 5 year old and found the sleeper cabins perfect for our needs. We had to use our suitcase to stop the baby rolling out of the bed but all went well. There were some late night party goers that were noisy until midnight. Only thing is making sure you don't miss your stop. We set our alarm but ended up getting there at 6am instead of 5.30am so missed out on some extra sleep. Sleeping to lull of train is soothing once the train is quiet. 12goasia was easy to use and we had no issue with tickets upon arrival.

September 2016

Thomas, Sep 6, 2016 - The beds are a little hard and the train bumpy however the experience was great! Good ac and good size beds

August 2016

Manisha, Aug 16, 2016 - Not great like the livitrans or orient, but better and cleaner than the Vietnam railways. The air con was very cold and we could not adjust it. One of the restrooms wasn't functional. That was an inconvenience.

May 2016

Haley, May 31, 2016 - Not always easy to travel with large group (12 total), and we are lucky to have 12go to help with arranging this leg of our journey! Smooth and easy travels from Saigon with nice staff and clean bathrooms (a welcome surprise!),. Looking forward to booking with 12go again!

Saigon Golden Train

Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper 4x Inside
Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper 4x Inside
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Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper 4x Outside
Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper Inside
Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper Inside
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Saigon Golden Train VIP Sleeper Outside

Schedule Saigon Golden Train

20:30; 19:30, 20:30, 23:15;
19:00; 19:00, 20:05;

Stations Saigon Golden Train

Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City