Vietnam is located on the easternmost part of the Southeast Asian, Indo China Peninsula. China borders the country in the northern side, Laos in the North Western side, Cambodia in the Southwestern side and Thailand along the Gulf of Thailand. Island countries like Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia, borders Vietnam along the eastern and south eastern side. Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, while Ho Chi Minh City stands as a historical city of the country.
Irrespective of a massive transformation over the last many decades, Vietnam still manages to retain its value as a cheap tourist spot for Western Visitors. Considering the proximity of public transport and affordable food, Vietnam is indeed one of the cheapest countries to visit. One of the greatest attractions of the country is the sublime and picturesque views of the countryside.
You can charter from the northern limestone karsts to the waterways and the massive paddy fields of the Mekong Delta. The spectacular beaches and small cities crammed in between further add to the appeal of the destination. The best attraction of Vietnam, however, is undoubtedly its food stalls. When it comes to visiting the country, probably the best time to visit Vietnam would be from April to June and September to November. There are several leading international airlines that help you in reaching Vietnam right away. In the following section, we will give you a detailed insight on some of the most popular Vietnam Flights.
Vietnam currently comes with two different hub based international airport. These are namely, the Noi Bai Airport, located in Hanoi and the Tan Son Airport, located in Ho Chi Minh City. There is also a third airport known as the Da Nang Airport. The issue with Da Nang Airport, however, is the fact that it currently accepts relatively lesser numbers of the international flights. Other than this, there are several other domestic airports located in and around Vietnam. Fares for flight to Vietnam are usually quiet reasonable. At the same time, the frequency of the flights to the original hubs is also equally good. Boarding a flight from Vietnam is perhaps one of the best ways to travel to and around the city.
Ha Long Bay is the perfect place to reach after a flight to Vietnam
Reaching Vietnam from the European countries is not really much of a hassle. Vietnam Airlines itself offers several hundreds of flights that can be boarded from European cities like Paris, Frankfurt and even Moscow. These flights will take you to Hanoi or Saigon. The cost of a non-stop flight (via Vietnam Airlines) from the major European cities to Da Nang, Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, will be something around $650- $680.
You can also try Qatar Airways , as they link Saigon with some of the primary European cities through Doha. A nonstop flight via Qatar Airways from the major European cities to the Ho Chi Minh city will cost you something around 400-450 euros.
Another good option would be to board a flight to Malaysia and then board another flight to either Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City airport. This will cost you relatively lesser. A trip from any European city to Malaysia, will cost you something around $140 (round trip) via Air Asia. Right after that, you can board another flight from Malaysia to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City Airport at around $150-200.
If you are planning to visit Vietnam from USA, then too there are several options for booking your flight at cheap and reasonable rates. Usually, when you book a flight from USA, you will have the chance of choosing Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue, Can Tho, Con Son Island, Haiphong, Duong Dong, Hanoi, Buon Ma Thuot, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Vin, Qui Nhon and Pleiku as your destinations in Vietnam. A flight to Ho Chi Minh City from Los Angeles will cost you $544 via Air China . The same flight has a relatively steeper rate if you happen to choose Asiana Airlines or Philippine Airlines. The cost, in that case, is likely to be around $590-$600. China Southern has the cheapest rates in this regard, costing something around $416-$450.
A flight from Chicago to Ho Chi Minh City airport, on the other hand, will cost you something around $350 to $400 via Qatar Airways. Again, if you are looking out to reach ho Chi Minh City Airport from New York, the price is likely to be steeper. A round trip flight from Cathay Pacific , is likely to cost you around $653- $700. So the cheapest option here would be to board your flight from Chicago. Other than the mentioned airlines, Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines too have several flights from the major cities of the US, to Vietnam. However, in that case too, the prices are likely to be steeper. Although the cheapest option to reach Vietnam would be from Chicago, most people choose Los Angeles as their primary point owing to the convenience and added amenities.
When it comes to visiting Vietnam from Middle Eastern countries, then too, the options are immense. Most of the leading international flights can be boarded from Dubai to reach Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. The primary flights operating Middle East to Vietnam are, Cathay pacific, Qatar Airways, China Southern, Turkish Airlines , Jet airways , Ethiad Airways , Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines.
A pagoda in Vietnam
A round trip from Dubai to Hanoi via Cathay pacific, is likely to cost you something around $338- $350. On the other hand, a single trip from Dubai to Vietnam via Qatar Airways will cost you around $450. China Southern is the second cheapest option in the list and a trip from Dubai to Hanoi, via this airline will cost you $386. Jet Airways, on the other hand, is the third cheapest option in this regard, and it will cost you something around $450. Etihad Airways too comes with a similar price range. Thai Airways will cost you around $470, while Singapore airlines will cost you almost $500.
Again, a trip from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, will cost you around $458 via Emirates. Thai Airways has a price of $461, while Singapore Airlines, comes at a value of $495 for a round trip. Here too, the cheapest option would be to fly via Cathay Pacific, as the price of a single trip is around $330- $380. The same trip via Royal Brunei Airlines will cost you $482 and $528 in case of Turkish Airlines.
A good idea therefore would be to board your flight via Cathay Pacific from Dubai to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. The costs incurred by this airline, is the cheapest and at the same time, it also offers you several amenities and packages. You can also look out for offers in order to choose the option which is not only the cheapest but also incredibly viable and convenient.
As we already mentioned, there are several options to reach Vietnam from European, American and Middle Eastern Cities. There are many international flights from the major cities, and now that we have given you a basic idea about the cost, making your pick will be easier.
When it comes to traveling from Vietnam, a good option would be to choose Vietnam Airlines. This is primarily because the airline is a member of the Skyteam alliance and it is also the best both with regard to the route, the quality of the airline and the timeliness. However, the only issue with this airline is simply the fact that it comes at a pretty steep price. The prices of this airline vary from the super saver packs, the cheapest deals and the business tier. As the super saver deals are not always available, a good idea would be to settle with the regular saver.
Although almost all the flights are likely to vary at the various different times of a single day and year, yet when it comes to timeliness and willingness to start a trip even in the wee hours of the night or the early hours of the morning- this usually is the most viable and effective option. Jetstar is another Vietnam based airline and it is also quite established and popular among the lot considering the budget is more flexible and viable. However, despite being relatively cheaper than the leading Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar somehow lags behind when it comes to timeliness and prompt services. This should be your option only when you are not in a rush, because Jetstar has reportedly made way for many delays. Even a five hour delay on this airline is not surprising. You can, however, get a chance to choose the cheapest flights from here. So if time and service is not your concern, Jetstar can be a good option for you. Other than this, you will also find the Vietjet. However, this airline only operates domestically and is not as established as the ones I have discussed about.
Besides the cost of flights, you can spend an entire day in the country at US $40. The money will fetch you three square meals, a good accommodation, a glass of bia hoi and an hour’s ride in local transport . Vietnam has a large number of ATMs which are even located in the relatively smaller towns. As a result, you will not really experience any major cash crunch. Although cards are accepted in some places, most of the dealings take place with cash, especially for activities like rock climbing . So make sure you have enough cash before you actually take a trip to Vietnam.