I am looking for the best, cheapest & quickest way of getting from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City. I cannot seem to access Vietnam airways over the net, are there any other airlines that fly this route or is it advisable to travel down by bus etc as it seems to be an awful long journey.
The bus is cheap and ok if you want to stop off (the cheapest way to travel is with the 'tourist ticket' buses), but going straight through would be horrible. There are 6 or 7 trains a day which do it, the quieckest being, from memory, about 36hours and the longest taking 50. Some of the journey is stunning. But if you want to just get there quickly, there are several flights a day and they are relataively cheap and also easy to arrange with agents in Hanoi a few days in advance
you can take the fastest train- 29 hours, or book the night flight or pacific airlines, the price is more cheaper.