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Vietnam Transportation

How to travel throughout Vietnam by air, road, train and co.
By air
Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi are the two main arrival terminals for foreign visitors coming to Vietnam. Tan Son Nhat is the country’s largest airport handling 75% of international passenger traffic.

By land
Vietnam shares land border with Cambodia, China and Laos. There are plenty of border crossing open to tourists with each neighbor.

From Cambodia
  • Bavet (or Moc Bai)
  • Kaam Samnor (or Vinh Xuong)
  • Phnom Den (or Tinh Bien)
From Laos
  • Donsavanh (or Lao Bao)
  • Nam Phao (or Cau Treo)
  • Nam Can
  • Tay Trang
From China
  • Youyi Guan (or Huu Nghi Quan – English name is Friendship Pass)
  • Hekou (or Lao Cai)
  • Dongxing (or Mong Cai)

How to transport throughout Vietnam

By plane
There are 21 major civil airports including 3 international gateways in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam has good domestic flight connections with new routes opening up all the times with affordable price. There are several domestic carriers including Vietnam Airlines – the national airline, and several private airlines are Jetstar, VietJetAir.

By train
The railway is the least developed transportation infrastructure in Vietnam. Most of the network was built during the French colonial period and has not been expanded up to now. However there are various programs for restorations and upgrades. Nevertheless, trains are a more comfortable way to travel throughout the country though the prices are more expensive than bus.

The main cross-country railway from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is commonly known as the Reunification Express. The line was originally built by French colonists in 1936 with a total length of 1,726km. Repeatedly bombed during the war with the United States, the service didn’t start running properly again until 1976 when the Geneva Accords were signed, and divisions between North and South were resolved. The train has two types of service, express (SE) and local (TN) with different durations depending on the number of stops.

By bus
Long-distance buses connect most cities and provinces in Vietnam.

By car
Car is very popular means of transport for traveling at your own pace

By bike
Bikes are a greater way to get around Vietnam, especially when you get off the beaten path, in the rural countryside. Travel on two wheels, you are often greeted by enthusiastically locals. Long-distance cycling route is popular as much of the country is flat or moderately hilly, major roads are in good condition. Decent bikes can be bought in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Hotels and some travel agencies also have bike for rent.

Ride a motorbike gives you maximum flexibility to visit remote areas and stop whenever you like. Remember to wear a helmet as it is compulsory when riding a motorbike in Vietnam.

Local transport
Cyclo, xe om
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