Top Travel Modes in Vietnam

Travelling to Vietnam has its highs and lows, and getting around can prove to be either very expensive, or downright dangerous. Vietnam’s transport network is genuinely improving however, there is a still a long way to come. Most roads are decent quality surface-wise, and the vehicles are also raising the standards with air-conditioned coaches now transporting tourists regularly.

Here are the best ways to get around Vietnam.

Xe Om

Taxis are becoming more popular in Vietnam, but the most unique transport mode is the Xe Om – or motorbike taxis.  In the cities you can barely walk 10 metres without being offered a lift.


Although you are not allowed to rent your own car drive in Vietnam, you can hire cars with drivers for a similar price to what the norm would be.


Flying can save precious hours or days off journeys within Vietnam – the two hour flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi is amazing compared to the forty hours you would spend on the train for the same distance.


A boat trip around Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most pleasurable rides, and ferries cruise year round to the major islands off the coast including Con Dao, Cat Ba and Phu Quoc.


Although very few travellers opt for the train, the prices will save you a lot of money if you can handle a rough ride.


Most travellers use buses to travel Vietnam. The national bus network is slowly being upgraded and the unstable older vehicles are now being replaced with fancy air-conditioned models on the more popular roads.


Motorbike rentals are available in most towns and cities and are the most regularly used mode of transport by tourists. Inexperienced bikers however need to take care, as Vietnam’s roads are very dangerous, and accidents are very common.


Cycling is also a great way of sightseeing around towns and cities, and is very cheap to do.

If you want to book a trip to Vietnam, we are able to offer some fantastic tours, so give us a call today!

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