Nowadays, transportations in Vietnam develop rapidly in term of both quality and quantity, so it is becoming easier to travel to Vietnam from other countries and vice versa, as well as going from one destination to another in Vietnam. Doing a tour around Vietnam now is way better and faster than in the past.
Getting to Vietnam
Ranked behind Thailand, Vietnam is the second largest point which flights via most amongst countries of Indochina. Three international airports are built at Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang respectively, with the first two airports handling the most international flights in total. Traveling between the five tourist countries of Indochina (Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia) has never been so simple and easy since they are well connected with planes.
It’s convenient traveling from China to Vietnam by the Beijing-Nanning-Hanoi through train, which departs from Beijing on every Monday and Friday and arrives in Hanoi on Wednesday and Sunday. There are no rail links to Cambodia or Laos.
There are buses to Vietnam from China through Lang Son, Mong Cai and Lao Cai, from Cambodia through Moc Bai and Xaxia and also from Laos through Lao Bao, Nam Can, Na Meo, Tay Trang and Cau Treo.
The only international arrival point into Vietnam with a regular ferry service is Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta. There are daily speedboat ferries from Phnom Penh along the Mekong River taking 4.5 to 5 hours.
Getting Around Vietnam
Domestic flights are cheap enough to consider when it comes to getting around between cities in Vietnam. The network continues to evolve, which saves your days’ worth of travel to let you spend more time on sightseeing rather than commute. For the moment, Vietnam Airlines, Viet Jet and Jetstar Pacific are the three domestic airlines.
Visitors may use the train transport system independently or as part of a rail tour. Express long-distance trains are faster than local services, more reliable and more comfortable. Although a few carriages now have air conditioning, facilities are still short of international standards, so certainly not for those who seek comfortable transportation. However, it is still a great experience in a Vietnam tour for spending one night on a sleeping cabin of Vietnam train.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap. They can be flagged down on the street or arranged through your hotel or the restaurant where you are eating. Always make sure the driver has set the meter before starting the journey.
You can hire bikes for a day or longer from shops in the main towns and cities. Many Vietnamese people still have a bicycle as their main form of transport, but now there are many more motorbikes as well as cars and trucks. Take particular care when cycling in towns and on main roads outside the towns as drivers do not always observe road rules and are not cyclist-aware.
Long-distance coaches operate throughout the country, between Hanoi, Hué, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. You must buy tickets in person at the bus station.
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