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1. Posted by henhen (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi!

In my trip around S.E Asia i will be arriving in Ho Chi Mihn with just under 4 weeks untill i fly out from Hanoi.

Can anyone reccommend how to get there?
Should i fly between the 2 or travel on the ground? If by gorund what is the best way to do this??

Many thanks.x

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Check a post below yours that is titled: 'Vietnam Advice'. I gave some advice on using the open tour bus system to travel between HCMC-HAN. If you have specific questions, send me a PM.

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

Hi,

I haven't been to Vietnam yet, but will be there in January next year, so this is only based on what I have heard and not personal experience, but I would definitely not fly. Four weeks seems a perfect time to make your way from HCMC to Hanoi. Some of the places we were thinking of going to include HCMC, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay which seems to be a pretty standard route.

I found searching for old posts on this site really helpful when looking for info on Vietnam, and to get some ideas of main attractions .etc. As Mike said you can travel by open air bus, or there are also trains aswell to some destinations (Hue to Hanoi for example).

Cheers,

Steffi

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I respectfully must disagree that open tour buses and trains are the best way to go in VN. The buses are less than comfy, dangerous (VN has some of the more dangerous roads in the world and bus drivers are not known for safety precautions) and slow. Trains (with the exception of HCMC-Nha Trang and Hanoi-Sapa tourist carriages) are dirty with foul food. Jetstar Pacific flies for very little more than train fare to most cities, and Vietnam Air can get you to the others. Perhaps some of you get your kicks in less than safe transport, but the rest of us would like to arrive in one piece and with enough energy left to have fun in the destination city.

5. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

I respectfully must disagree that open tour buses and trains are the best way to go in VN. The buses are less than comfy, dangerous (VN has some of the more dangerous roads in the world and bus drivers are not known for safety precautions) and slow. Trains (with the exception of HCMC-Nha Trang and Hanoi-Sapa tourist carriages) are dirty with foul food. Jetstar Pacific flies for very little more than train fare to most cities, and Vietnam Air can get you to the others. Perhaps some of you get your kicks in less than safe transport, but the rest of us would like to arrive in one piece and with enough energy left to have fun in the destination city.

Totally agree with daawgon, no way will I ever travel by road,Vietnam has some of the craziest drivers If you have nerves of steel,enjoy reckless drivers,dont give a damn for safety, then go for it. Otherwisew you can play it safe,when checking a flight on Jetstar it worked out cheaper than the train,so...flying is the way to go.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting dwitch

Quoting Daawgon

I respectfully must disagree that open tour buses and trains are the best way to go in VN. The buses are less than comfy, dangerous (VN has some of the more dangerous roads in the world and bus drivers are not known for safety precautions) and slow. Trains (with the exception of HCMC-Nha Trang and Hanoi-Sapa tourist carriages) are dirty with foul food. Jetstar Pacific flies for very little more than train fare to most cities, and Vietnam Air can get you to the others. Perhaps some of you get your kicks in less than safe transport, but the rest of us would like to arrive in one piece and with enough energy left to have fun in the destination city.

Totally agree with daawgon, no way will I ever travel by road,Vietnam has some of the craziest drivers If you have nerves of steel,enjoy reckless drivers,dont give a damn for safety, then go for it. Otherwisew you can play it safe,when checking a flight on Jetstar it worked out cheaper than the train,so...flying is the way to go.

And you really don't know if you are paying the right price for your train tickets. I made a huge mistake of taking the HARD SEAT from HANOI to HUE. It was purgatory for the price of heaven. When they say hard seat they mean it literally.

As for the buses, well I like the infinite bus stops in restaurants. I get to see the other destinations for brief periods. But if you don't have the you will have lots of "I hate Viet Nam moments". The views are great from the bus and from your window seat you will enjoy vietnam the most. Because you won't have to deal with people selling you stuff every 4 minutes.

7. Posted by linhhuchon (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Definitely you can book cheap airflight with jeststar. Group tour is available in every cities along Vietnam. i suggest you visit HCM - Mekong delta - Nhatrang - Danang - Hue - Hanoi - Halong - Sapa
Good luck

8. Posted by happyhany (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

You shouldn't for sure miss some interesting places in Viet Nam, they all are worth visting whatever transport you take. Recently it has been changed much, I think that it is not bad like some body here said. I did travel many places around Viet Nam by car, it was really great!