I hope someone can help!
We are honeymooning in Vietnam in Jan and need to get to the Bai Tram Hideaway Resort from Hoi An on the 27th Jan. The resort offers transfers from Quy Nhon Airport but we cant seem to make flights work. We planned to arrange a private transfer but cant seem to find any companies offering the service. If anyone has got any ideas on who we could use that will be great... trying to avoid screwing up this early into married life! :-)
#1 kiwigrant has been a member since 29/12/2012. Posts: 1
That's quite a long drive from Hoi An -- have you considered taking the train? I'm not sure of timetable table details, but there is a main train station at Da Nang (a little north of Hoi An) and Qui Nhon (for your resort) and I'd reckon would make for a more comfortable trip than a taxi flying down Highway 1.
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As of yet there are no airlines that fly between Da Nang and Quy Nhon, Vietnam Airlines flies down to Nha Trang and from there its probably about a four hour journey by car to your rather fabulous honeymoon hideaway (wow). From Hoi An the train is an idea, it'll take around 12 hours (might be worth checking on seat 61 whether Quy Nhon is on the fast service, if not add a few hours), the trains leave either very late at night or very early in the morning and I'd imagine you'd want to go for a first class sleeper so you would need to book ahead.
A private car from Hoi An would be very easy to arrange whilst you there, it would take about 8 hours down the coastal route and give you the chance to stop off at a few places along the way, the only problem with getting a private car is getting a driver that can drive.. If you get stuck with one that only uses fourth gear at 20kms per hour and speaks no English it makes for an endurance testing journey. There is an agent in Hoi An that has very good drivers (and cars) called go travel Vietnam, western/Vietnamese run, fully licenced and I'm sure you can arrange this all in advance over email if you are concerned about being super organized.
On a last note - the bus will take about 14 hours and it will be a very unromantic and overcrowded (Tet very close to your dates) sleeper, but it will only cost you about $12!