Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have daily connections to Asian regional hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok amongst others, as well as some long-haul services to European destinations and Australia. More often questioned, however, is how to get around within Vietnam
Vietnam Airlines is the National Carrier and the only commercial airline servicing all domestic routes within the country. It’s rapidly expanding fleet now includes newly leased Airbuses, ATRs and Fokker aircraft. Often contracted foreign pilots, including British, Australians and French, fly the aircraft. The in-flight meals are basic however the service from the ao dai (traditional dress) costumed attendants is gracious and accommodating. During the rainy season flights can often be delayed or canceled due to weather conditions, and in this case, Selective Indochina’s staff will assist with your client’s arrangements or any changes that may be necessary as a result. Vietnam Airlines, however, do not accept liability for delays and additional charges may be incurred by your client and reclaimed through their insurance. Airport tax is incurred on both domestic and international departures and is not included in our programs.
The most famous train experience in Vietnam is the Reunification Express. Of great historic significance, the single track linking Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City was restored in 1976 to express the country’s unity, after having been destroyed repeatedly during years of war in Vietnam.
Today a number of trains (varying by speed!) commence the 1726km journey every day, with the entire journey taking from upwards of 36 hours. The carriages of the Reunification Express were built in the mid-70’s and have not largely been modernized. They are usually equipped with fans only, and one Asian style toilet facility per carriage. We recommend soft-sleeper berths for your clients, rather than the overcrowded seat carriages. An enormous array of sweets and soft drinks is peddled by locals throughout the train, however, you would do well to provide your own sustenance (especially bottled water), as the meal service is not highly recommended. It is better to consider a short journey on the train, rather than the entire stretch from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Above all, remember that train travel in Vietnam is basic – not luxurious – and is not for everyone. It should be approached with an open mind and an adventurous attitude. Contact with the local people onboard can be an opportunity for an enriching experience and just reward for a little discomfort.
All motor vehicles used by Selective Indochina for overland road journeys, tours and transfers are modern and air-conditioned, licensed to carry foreign visitors and fully insured. Separate luggage vans are used for groups as required. Typical vehicles are a Nissan Bluebird for 1-2 passengers, Nissan microbus for 3-6 passengers, Nissan/Hyundai coaster bus for 7-14 pax, and 45 seat Hyundai coach for larger groups (please note there are no toilet facilities onboard coaches in Vietnam). We typically fill coaches to only 85% of their capacity for greater client comfort. You can book motorbike tour Saigon with saigon adventure.
Group vs. Independent Travel
The question of whether to travel alone, in a small party or with a group is one of personal choice. All are of course possible and catered for. Seat in coach departures are available in the Selective Indochina Confidential Tariff if required, as well as group and FIT rates. We recommend groups are kept to under 25 people for city touring, (less if visiting remote areas) to enable greater access and less disruption to local communities.
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