Vietnam Travel Guide | Travel Guide Vietnam | Getting Around Vietnam
As travel professionals in Europe we were well aware of the potential pitfalls of journeys to unknown lands so we were well prepared for our visit to Vietnam. This Vietnam guide is a summary of what we learned on our travels in this magnificent country which we hope will prove to be a useful resource in preparing your trip.
Since writing the first version of this site we've been back in Vietnam and also spent time in Cambodia so you'll now find a Cambodia Travel Guide section.
Getting Around Vietnam
When we first started to plan our trip we read various Vietnam travel guides and surfed the internet as we tried to come up with a suitable itinerary. In reality the itinerary almost writes itself and once you arrive you'll be amazed just how easy it is to get around by bus, train, private vehicles with driver and domestic flights. All means of transport are easily accessible, efficient and extremely good value.
Dollars and Euros go a long way in Vietnam, for example you can buy an open bus ticket from HCMC to Hanoi (that's 1700km remember) for just $28 US with stopovers in Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hue. Transport and accommodation options are available to suit all budgets.
The route we followed on our last trip was as follows: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat - Central Highlands - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi. The majority of visitors don't go via the Central Highlands but tend to travel north or south via Nha Trang on the coast which is one of the country's lesser desirable destinations. Now it's up to you to start planning your itinerary.
The map of Vietnam highlights the principal tourist destinations which together with our Vietnam Travel Guide will provide all the information you need to make the most of your journey.