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How To Reach Vietnam
Vietnam is a charming little country nestled in South-East Asia. Now a serene and peaceful destination, the country has finally moved past its history of bloodshed and war that took place in the 1950’s. Vietnam offers a unique combination of sprawling megacities and the isolated beauty of the neighbouring villages. It is best travelled to by air, with multiple airlines having direct flights the 3 international airports in the country. Visitors have multiple car and bus options from the airport to help them reach their destinations. Additionally, travel by train is enjoyable but only possible from two destinations in China. There are local taxis, busses and trains to help visitors get around locally. If you are planning a holiday to Vietnam, here's how to reach there.
There are 3 key international airports in Vietnam, namely Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi in the North, Danang Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the Southern part of the city. All these airports have visa on arrival services for international passengers. This is by far the best way to reach Vietnam due to the high frequency of direct and connecting flights offered by a number of airlines. Vietnam Airlines is the country’s official airline. Most of the significant Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Goa all have direct flights to Vietnam.
Vietnam is well-connected by road from both - Cambodia or Laos. Of the two places it is easier to reach Vietnam from Cambodia (3 borders) as compared to Laos (6 borders). There is a frequent bus service to take visitors to Vietnam from Cambodia and Lagos. However, visitors must have their visa documentation ready as no visas tend to be issued at the border.
Visitors can reach Vietnam by rail, but only from Nanning and Beijing in China. The Nanning Express halts in Hanoi, the capital at the Gia Lam Railway Station. Visitors should note that travel via rail is preferable only when travelling to the North of Vietnam, as the journey can be quite long due to the slow speed of the trains.
Travelling locally within Vietnam is far more affordable as compared to other countries. Busses and taxis can be hired at decent rates to travel from one state to another within the country. Alternatively, short flights can also be caught from city to city. Trains present an even cheaper option to air travel if required. An interesting way to get around locally could also be via boat, as it offers visitors spectacular views.