All You Need to Know about Traveling Around Vietnam
Vietnam is an popular destination to visit in South East Asia. However, Vietnam transportation, especially the traffic, can be troublesome and difficult to understand.
This article is a comprehensive guide to get around Vietnam with bus, train, plane, motorbike and others.
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 much 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 side walk…
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 license for motorbikes or cars, you may not receive insurance in case of accidents. Thus, taking train, bus or flight may be a better alternative than driving on your own.
Traveling in Vietnam by Train
Traveling by train in Vietnam is the one of the best option to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam. As 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.
Taking bus to explore Vietnam is one of the most common option although it might be uncomfortable for a long ride.
You can buy Open bus tickets or seperate tickets for each destination. Besides sleeper buses, you can choose limousine or van to travel in Vietnam.
The most popular bus / limousine providers in Vietnam are The Sinh Tourist, Queen Cafe, Hanh Cafe, Phuong Trang (Futa bus), Non Nuoc Ninh Binh.
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 and Jetstar offers daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to other cities such as Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong.