Information on transportation in Vietnam

Transportation in Vietnam

This page provides information on transportation in Vietnam

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VIETNAM TRANSPORTATION

 

Vietnam's road network is extensive and growing. Heavy government investment in highway construction and upgrades, especially since the late 1990s, has allowed the country's total road length to increase rapidly by nearly half between 1999 and 2004.
In the two large delta regions, where most of the population is concentrated, a vast network of navigable rivers and canals is integral to local transportation. These waterways are generally inaccessible to larger vessels and their cargoes, as are the numerous seaports that dot Vietnam's coasts.
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have international airports. In addition, a number of smaller cities are connected by domestic air routes. The state-owned airline, Vietnam Airlines, has been growing steadily and substantially since the early 1990s, serving both domestic and international travelers. In addition, the company has acquired several long-range aircraft to handle more direct flights to Europe and North America.
Travel by car
- Going by car is the best and safest way to see Vietnam.
- Self-drive is unwise.
- Drivers in Vietnam use the horn constantly. Using horn doesn't mean a driver is angry.

Recommended car rental services in Vietnam
Travel by plane
Someone said “It's a good idea to fly the longer hops along Vietnam's length: from Hanoi to Hue; from Da Nang to Nha Trang; and from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City (or vice versa).”

* Vietnam airlines' domestic routes and international destinations

* Official website of Vietnam Airlines

* Airports transfer and car hire services

Recommended air tickets booking service in Vietnam
Travel by train
The Reunification Express runs the entire length of Vietnam's coast - from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, with routes out of Hanoi to the likes of Sapa, Lang Son, and to coastal Hai Phong. There are a number of classes, from third-class hard seat to air-conditioned cushioned seat to sleeper, but in general the more comfortable seats are affordable. Be warned that you need to book train ticket in advance, especially in summer and around Tet holiday.

* Hanoi - Sapa tourist trains information

* 5-star Express train Saigon - Nha Trang - Saigon

* Official website of Vietnam Railway Corporation

Recommended Sapa train and trans-Vietnam train tickets booking service
Travel by bus
Local buses depart from stations usually a good distance from the town center.
Buses leave only when full - and full means that everyone is uncomfortable, two to a seat, produce hanging, bags under your feet.
You often have to negotiate a price with the driver or bus tout
One good alternative is to buy a ticket with assigned seat on the small air-conditioned minivans that ply most major routes in Vietnam. Ask at any hotel front desk, and expect to pay often double the local bus price (still very affordable) and ride in relative style among locals but without the hassles.

Recommended open bus travel service in Vietnam

Cruises

* Halong Bay cruises

* Mekong river cruises

However, traveling by motorbikes, motorbike taxis or renting your own motorbike also can be seen around Vietnam, yet please take care. Hire a guide can make your adventures a little more manageable.

 

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