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Getting To Vietnam

Whether you're in UK, Australia, America or China..., if you're heading to Vietnam for a holiday, it's now as easy as ever to arrive by boat, road, rail or air. Here are your options:


From Cambodia: There is a road crossing at Moc Bai (Tay Ninh province 80km from Saigon) connecting Phnom Penh in Cambodia with Saigon. Several companies now operate a direct bus service between the two cities, departing each city early morning.

There is also a crossing into Vietnam via Chau Doc (245 km from Saigon) that is passable boat. Boats leave Phnom Penh (daily) in the early afternoon arriving in Chau Doc (Vietnam) around 6pm. The return journey departs early the next morning. Buses connect Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City (7 hours).

From Laos: There is a road crossing at Lao Bao in Quang Tri Province, about 160km northwest of Hue, connecting Savannakhet with Central Vietnam. Another road into Vietnam are via Cau Treo, Ha Tinh Province 450 km from Hanoi- and NaMeo in Thanh Hoa province 290 km from Hanoi.

From China: There are three roads crossing at Ha Khau (Lao Cai Province), Dong Dang (Lang Son Province) and Mong Cai (Quang Ninh Province). These borders may close at time, with out warning.


There are few normal sea crossings into Vietnam. With the increasing popularity of cruises in the region, some major liners and cruise ships now stop in major ports such as Hai Phong, Da Nang and Vung Tau. The only other international connection by boat is the Mekong River crossing from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc


There are international rail connections between China and Vietnam. One from Peking via Nanning, crossing at Lang Son and one from Kunming that travels via Lao Cai, both services terminate in Hanoi. Vietnam rail ways issues information and tickets for the train. However, you are strongly suggested to contact us for further information about the train


From Out sise Asia

Vietnam Airlines is expanding and improving its fleet. Air France flies directly to Hanoi, Japan Airlines flies in from several cities, and most other major Asian and European airlines (including Lufthansa) also fly to Vietnam.Singapore Airlines  , Quatar Airway and Thai Airway  fly from UK, Europe to Hanoi and Sai Gon via Bangkok and Singapore. Quantas makes the trip from Australia. Several US airlines have started flying direct to Vietnam again. None of the flights is non-stop; they go through Tokyo or Osaka in Japan, or Hong Kong. So far, United Airlines and American Airlines fly into both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). 

From inside Asia


Vietnam Airlines is the primary carrier for internal flights and many flights to adjacent countries. The airline does code shares with Siem Reap Airlines, Lao Aviation and Air France.  Keep in mind that many Lao Aviation aircraft are not up to Western standards. Always check to see which airline is actually flying your flight.With Vietnam Airline you can book tickets online.

Low cost airline such as, Tiger Airways  and Air Asia, have flights from as low as USD $25 excluding taxes from Bangkok and Singapore to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. When departing Vietnam, all visitors must pay USD $14 for departure tax. This is payable at the airport, after check in.

Vietnam currently has three international airports:
• Noi Bai serving Hanoi and the north.
• Danang International Airport serving the central provinces.
• Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City serving the south.

NOTE: The above information can change at anytime, without warning. It is recommended that you seek up to date information regarding borders, travel, costs etc before you travel.    

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