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How to Fly to Vietnam: Your Guide to a Smooth Journey

Updated: May 30

Planning a trip to Vietnam - a beautiful Southeast Asian country? Flying to Vietnam is pretty straightforward, but it's always good to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate your journey to Vietnam.

Flying to Vietnam is pretty straightforward
Flying to Vietnam is pretty straightforward (Source: Internet)

Which airports do tourists can choose to fly to Vietnam?

Vietnam has several international airports, but the main ones you'll likely fly into are:

  • Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Ha Noi (North Vietnam)

  • Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nang (Central Vietnam)

  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City (South Vietnam)

  • Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) in Phu Quoc, Kien Giang (South Vietnam)

How to book a flight to Vietnam?

When booking your flight, consider the following:

  • Airlines: Many major airlines fly to Vietnam, including Vietnam Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. Budget carriers like AirAsia and Scoot also offer affordable options.

  • Tickets: Use flight comparison websites like Skyscanner, Google Flights, Kayak or Traveloka to find the best deals. Booking in advance can often save you money.

  • Layovers: Direct flights are available from some major cities, but you might find cheaper options with one or two layovers, often in hubs like Bangkok, Singapore, or Hong Kong.

Preparing for your Vietnam trip

Before you fly, make sure you have:

  • Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from your planned date of entry.

  • Visa: Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Vietnam. Check the visa requirements and apply online for an e-visa or arrange for a visa on arrival if applicable. Check the updated information about Vietnam Tourist visa to prepare for your Vietnam trip.

  • Vaccinations: While no vaccinations are required, it's a good idea to check with your doctor about recommended shots, like Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and routine vaccines.

Things to remember when arriving at Vietnam airport

When you arrive in Vietnam:

  • Immigration: Have your passport, visa (if required), and any arrival forms ready for inspection.

  • Customs: Declare any items that need to be declared and be aware of the regulations.

  • Currency Exchange: It’s a good idea to exchange some money at the airport or withdraw Vietnamese Dong from an ATM for immediate expenses. Check all new and updated information about Vietnam currency.

  • SIM card: Having a local SIM card ensures a smoother, safer, and more enjoyable travel experience. Here is the updated information about Vietnam SIM card for tourists.

Once you’ve landed, you’ll need to get from the airport to your destination. Here are your main options:

  • Taxis: Available at all major airports. Stick to reputable companies like Vinasun or Mai Linh to avoid scams. The cost varies but expect to pay around $10-$20 depending on the distance.

  • Ride-Hailing Apps: Grab is the most popular and can be more affordable than traditional taxis. Make sure you have internet access to use the app.

  • Airport Shuttles: Some airports offer shuttle services to major city points. These are budget-friendly and cost around $5-$10.

You can find more detailed information about transportation from the airport in Vietnam from my other article.

Safe travels and enjoy your time in Vietnam!

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