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Vietnam - South to North or vice versa?

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1. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y


I've had a look through a few of the old posts and read some other stuff and most people seem to travel through Vietnam by starting in Hanoi and then travelling south to HCMC and across into Cambodia. With my flights it will probably be easier if I started in Cambodia and then travelled from the south of Vietnam to the north.

I'm planning on going in January next year, and was wondering if travelling south to north would be any more difficult than going north to south. It's probably a stupid question but I'm assuming that buses/trains would run in both directions, and that given I'm only going for a month it won't make too much of a difference weather wise?



2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I went South to North. I can't imagine that it makes any difference.

3. Posted by CatAttack (Inactive 15 posts) 8y

I went South to North as well. It doesn't matter which direction. Unless you want to finish of relaxing in Halong Bay then it doesn't really matter. Just personal choice.

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

I don't think it makes any difference at all- buses (and trains) do indeed go in both directions.
Just do whatever makes most sense based on where you will be before or after Vietnam, if that is only part of your trip.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Just like the others l did South to North - saved Halong Bay - my favourite part until last! Transport runs both directions so it will simply depend on what makes it easier for you!


6. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't think it would really matter, but it's good to know it won't make a difference!