Getting Around in Vietnam – Things You Should Know

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Traveling to Vietnam with a long list of things to see? Getting around the country is as simple as choosing from the four transportation options in this article…

You’ve decided that Vietnam is your dream destination. There are beautiful beaches, majestic volcanoes, and adventure - filled rainforests and canopies to explore - but how do you get there?

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What is Vietnam transportation like?

Transportation in Vietnam can be dangerous but exciting at the same time.

Everyone drives crazily on the road and don’t follow many rules. You can see motorbikes driving on the sidewalk or the pavement. I once saw a bus driving half on the road and half on a sidewalk.

Is it safe to drive in Vietnam?

Not really, but you will be fine most of the time if you practice basic common sense. Please note that if you don’t have a license for motorbikes or cars, you may not receive insurance in case of accidents. Thus, taking a train, bus or flight may be a better alternative than driving on your own.

Check out the 4 ways most to get around in Vietnam

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Traveling in Vietnam by Airplane

Flying is the fastest way to get around in Vietnam. It only takes about 2 hours by plane to go from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and vice versa, while it may take up to 30 hours by train.

The main cities in Vietnam are well-connected by airports. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo and Jetstar offer daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to other cities such as Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong.

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Traveling in Vietnam by Train

Traveling by train in Vietnam is one of the best options to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam. As a train in Vietnam goes through some of the most scenic routes, you will get a close and personal view of the scenery.

Although train can be more expensive than bus, the experience is worth it. Especially, you can take private trains to experience luxurious service.

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While traveling by train, passengers can purchase food and drinks on board. Each passenger can bring up to 20 kg per person.

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Traveling in Vietnam by Bus

If you’ve got plenty of time and you don’t care for comfort, getting around Vietnam by bus is a great option. 

Most cities in Vietnam are served by some sort of bus route, but be warned, travelling via Vietnam’s rickety roads might not be for you. For example a 276km (172mi) journey from the Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City by bus will take about 8 hours in total.

Within the big cities travelling short distances by bus is a good option. If you’ve done your homework before you arrive in Vietnam and have learned a little of the language travelling by local bus is a great way to practice your skills. Bear in mind that any Western fatties might be a little uncomfortable on the local buses, which have been designed for little Vietnamese bottoms.

Besides sleeper buses, you can choose a limousine or van to travel in Vietnam.

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Traveling in Vietnam by motorbike

Traveling from the North to the South of Vietnam by motorbike is one of the best experiences on your trip to Vietnam.

The best part of traveling in Vietnam by motorbike is that you can enjoy the breath-taking view and explore each destination at your own pace.

Famous for its spectacular routes, Ha Giang tours is said to be the best experience for adventure tours by motorbike. Ha Giang's landscape offers a different vision, a place worthy of a wonderful holiday.

Also, you can meet many travelers taking the same routes, or discover off-the-beaten-path areas that train or bus cannot reach.

Tips: You should learn some basic Vietnamese phrases and words if you travel in rural areas.

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