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Vietnam Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Vietnam Airlines (VN)
provides regular flights between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Hue, and Nha Trang. They also have daily flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot, Na San, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Qui Nhon and Vinh. The Northern Airport Flight Service Company operates helicopter flights from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

Departure tax: VND20,000 from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang and Hai Phong and VND10,000 from other airports.

Sea/River

Cruise services are operated between ports in a local area. For more details contact the Embassy prior to departure.

Rail

The rail system can be used independently or as part of a tour. Long-distance trains are more expensive but are more reliable, faster, and more comfortable. Although a few trains now have air conditioning, facilities still fall short of western standards, and foreigners’ rates are comparable to air fares. The main rail route connects Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi and the journey takes about 30 to 40 hours. There are also services from Hanoi to Haiphong, Lao Cai, Dong Dang, , Thai Nguyen and from Yen Vien to Ha Long. Contact Vietnam Railways for more information.

Road

Traffic drives on the right.

There is a fairly good road network; however, roads, especially in the north, are frequently in quite bad condition and can be unreachable during the rainy season. It is inadvisable to drive in Vietnam because most drivers do not follow the normal rules of highway discipline. There is a reasonably good highway from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Bus:
Services are substandard and overcrowded. Minibuses usually run between tourist hotels in the major towns.

Car hire:
There are cars with drivers available for hire.

Documentation:
An International Driving Permit and a test (taken in Vietnam) are obligatory before driving.

Urban

Local bus services are available in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi which also has a tramway. It is also possible to travel by taxi, motorbike or cyclo (cycle rickshaw; motorised version also exists); the last of these can pose a risk of theft from opportunistic passers-by and the government is trying to phase them out. When travelling by taxi, it is a good idea to write down the driver’s registration number (displayed on rear side of taxi) for security reasons.
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