International travel to Vietnam
1. Getting there by Air
The national airline is Vietnam Airlines (VN) (www.vietnamairlines.com). It is however, served by many airlines nearby, including Cathay Pacific (www.cathaypacific.com) and Air France (www.airfrance.com).
Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is 35km (21 miles) North of Hanoi. To/from the airport: Buses and metered taxis are available to Hanoi with a journey time of approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Facilities: Cafes, shops, duty-free and bureau de change.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is 7km (4.5 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City. To/from the airport: Metered taxis are available with a journey time of approximately 20 to 30 minutes into the city. Facilities: Snack bar, shops, duty-free and bureau de change.
2. Getting there by Water
Main ports: Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Haiphong and Da Nang.
International cruise facilities are available. There is a ferry service from Phnom Penh in Cambodia to Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta and tickets can be booked through local travel agents or at the dock. In addition, there is a service from Can Tho to Phnom Penh offered by Tourism & Passenger Ship Company Vinasin (tel: (071) 888 960).
3. Getting there by Rail
It is possible to cross Kunming in the Yunnan province of China by rail to Lao Cai, or from Nanning to Lang Son. There are trains from Beijing-Dong Dang-Hanoi and back. Contact Vietnam Railways (tel: (04) 942 2770; www.vr.com.vn) for details.
4. Getting there by Road
There are routes from China to Lang Son, Mong Cai and Lao Cai, Cambodia through Moc Bai and also to Laos at Lao Bao and Cau Trieu. The Saigon Passenger Transport Company (tel: (08) 920 3623 or 829 7278; www.sotranco.com.vn) operates daily services from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.