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06/05/2013 16:25

Flying to Vietnam

From Europe

Paris is the best starting point for the direct flights. Both Vietnam Airlines and Air France have direct flights: Paris-Saigon (3 flights a week) and Paris-Hanoi (5 flights a week).

From Frankfurt, Lufthansa Airline has 3 flights to Saigon per week

From Asia

From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines have 1flight/day to Hanoi and 2 flights/day to Saigon. Thai Airways operates several flights per day to Hanoi and Saigon and SGN plus some flights to Danang. Singapore Airlines has daily flights to Saigon and 4 to 5 flights/week to HAN.

Japan Airlines, China Air and Korea Airlines also have several flights to Hanoi and Saigon from Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing.,.ect

From America

United Airlines has opened a hot line San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City.
Travel by rail

It is possible to cross into Vietnam from China by rail from Beijing-Dong Dang-Hanoi and back. Contact Vietnam Railways (tel: (04) 3942 3949; for details.

A very useful number in Vietnam is 1080 where English-speaking operators can give information on timetables.

Driving to Vietnam

There are routes to China through Lang Son, Mong Cai and Lao Cai, to Cambodia through Moc Bai and Xaxia and also to Laos through Lao Bao, Nam Can, Na Meo, Tay Trang and Cau Trieu.

There is a regular bus service from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, operated by the Saigon Passenger Transport Company (tel: (08) 3920 3623; There are bus services from Vientiane, Laos to Hanoi and Savannakhet, Laos to Hue and tickets for these must be bought in person from the bus station and neither journey is the most comfortable of rides. There are no buses travelling from China that cross into Vietnam. Passengers have to change buses at the border.

Getting to Vietnam by boat

The only international arrival point into Vietnam with a regular ferry service is Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta. There are daily speedboat ferries from Phnom Penh along the Mekong River taking 4.5 – 5 hours. Cruise ships call at Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang and Haiphong.

Blue Cruiser (tel: (08) 3926 0253; operate a daily speedboat service between Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta and Phnom Penh. Guests of the Victoria Hotel in Chau Doc can use their daily service to Phnom Penh (tel: (076) 386 5010;

Cruise ships:

Cruise ships call at Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang, Hue and Halong.

Ferry operators:

Blue Cruiser (tel: (08) 3926 0253; operate a daily speedboat service between Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta and Phnom Penh. Guests of the Victoria Hotel in Chau Doc can use their daily service to Phnom Penh (tel: (076) 386 5010;

River routes:

Travelling along the mighty Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc is a very special way to arrive.

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