Getting Around Vietnam

Vietnam stretches along 1,025 miles of the southeast end of the Indochinese peninsula, from Hanoi and the Highlands in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

There are more than 20 airports in Vietnam, and air travel is often the most efficient and comfortable option when traveling long distances within the country. Those traveling on to more remote destinations, like the Northern Highlands, will typically be able to hire a private driver for transfer onward from the airport. 

For those interested in seeing more of the country between destinations, 1,600 miles of nationalized railway tracks run through Vietnam, connecting major cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The trip between the two cities is lengthy, at more than forty hours—but trains afford passengers the opportunity to stop at other cities along the way, such as Hue, Danang, and Nha Trang

Travelers will likely wish to book first-class tickets, as other carriages may not have amenities they will expect, like air conditioning or cushioned seats. Several private train companies offer travelers alternatives to the national rail service and are more reliably comfortable. 

Going by car is also possible, though it's easiest to hire a private driver, as navigating the chaotic roads and highways here can be challenging. 

Those venturing to any of Vietnam’s islands, or the famous Halong Bay, will need to take a ferry or boat. Ferry service can take you to most of the major islands, while those looking to spend time in Halong Bay or out in the water may wish to look into the wide range of private boating options available.
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