Moving in Vietnam – Part 1

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Moving in Vietnam
Moving in Vietnam

The foreign tourists may find some difficulty when traveling Vietnam, especially with the vehicles for moving. Look for the right vehicles to move in Vietnam is an important thing you should do. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the beauty of Vietnam just because of this problem.

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Tourists on the Vietnam travel packages can travel in a decent quality air-conditioned coach, buses, or by train with its sleeper berths that may be appreciated on longer journeys. Plus, the domestic flights offer a time-efficient and comfortable service that significantly shortens the travel time within the country, and is still relatively inexpensive.

Here are some of the most popular ways to get around in Vietnam:

Bus

Bus
Bus

The majority of travellers make use of the bus service for getting around Vietnam. Most of the bus routes have fixed prices with tickets, while the open-tour buses that feature in the main tourist areas have helped to increase the comfort levels. For longer journeys, there is a choice of using the buses with sleeper berths. Prices for a long distance trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City costs in the region of $30 to $75, while local travel within a major tourist destination costs less than a dollar.

Boat or ferry service

A boat tour of the popular tourist destinations like Halong Bay is certain to make an enjoyable experience on the Vietnam tours. Plus, there is the regular scheduled ferry service – weather permitting – that operates year-round to several of Vietnam’s major islands such as Con Dao, Cat Ba and Phu Quoc. Plus, there are hydrofoil or ferry services that run from Halong City to Bai Tu Long and Mong Cai, from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau and from Hai Phong to Cat Ba. Elsewhere, there are still a few river ferries in operation that are hauled from bank to bank along the Mekong River.

Air

Flying is a much appreciated time-saver when it comes to the long journeys and can easily saves days of travel time compared to solely using buses and trains. For instance, a trip from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south can take a few hours by air, but up to 30-40 hours on a train. Plus, flying on the major airlines like Vietnam Airlines or Jetstar is relatively inexpensive with costs for this journey in the region of $45-60. Domestic flights are available for many of the popular tourist destinations, such as Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Hue. For travellers on the tours of Vietnam, you will need to have your passport with you when making the internal flights.

Vietnam Airlines
Vietnam Airlines

There are several carriers that operate domestic flights with popular routes like Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi flying to most major airports throughout the country.

Rail

The regular service and amazing prices of the buses throughout the country means that a lot less travellers use the train service. But, the train is a practical choice for a variety of reasons. For instance, there are several train routes that make it possible to see the natural beauty of the countryside, as well as not having to worry about the near-collisions on roads with motorbikes, cars, trucks, dogs, etc.

A major stretch of rail network is the 2500 km line that runs from Ho Chi Minh City to the Chinese border. Even though this line is being upgraded, there is quite a lot of the original line that dates to the colonial period. Rail transport can be slow in certain areas, but a train journey is certain to be more relaxing than travelling by road. A few of the popular routes with travellers on the tours in Vietnam include the overnight service between Hanoi up to Lao Cai for connection to Sapa and takes up to 9 hours and Hue to Hanoi which takes in the region of 11 to 16 hours to complete. A short shuttle service includes the route from Da Nang to Hue with a travel time of approx 2 to 3 hours.

…to be continued