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Vietnam Getting in & out

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By plane

Vietnam has international airports at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. Direct flights are available from Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Macau, Qatar, Turkey and United States.

However, non-stop long-distance flights are limited and most visitors transit via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taipei.

By train

There are direct international train services from Nanning and Beijing in China to Hanoi. Most require a change of trains at the border at Pingxiang/Dong Dang, but the Chinese-operated daily Nanning express (T871/MR2) runs through, although it still spends about four hours at the border for immigration.

By road


There are at least four border crossings between Cambodia and Vietnam that can be used by foreigners. These include:

  • Bavet - Moc Bai.
  • Kaam Samnor - Vinh Xuong (in some guidebooks as Tonle Mekong. Near Chau Doc in Vietnam).
  • Phnom Den - Tinh Bien.
  • Xa Xia in Vietnam, Prek Chak in Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing, Cambodian Visas not available).

The Vietnamese Consulate in Sihanoukville issues 30 day tourist Visas on a same-day basis.


There are three border crossings between China and Vietnam that can be used by foreigners:

  • Dongxing - Mong Cai (by road; onward travel Mong Cai to Ha Long by sea or by road).
  • Hekou - Lao Cai (by road and/or rail, but no international passenger train services).
  • Youyi Guan - Huu Nghi Quan (Friendship Pass - by road and/or rail).


There are at least six border crossings between Laos and Vietnam that can be used by foreigners. There is also a VIP bus from Savannakhet.
These include:

  • Donsavanh - Lao Bao.
  • Kaew Neua - Cau Treo (Keo Nua Pass).
  • Nam Can.
  • Tay Trang.

Transport Hubs in Vietnam

Airport Noi Bai International Airport
35 km (45-60 minutes) north of the city. Several airlines run flights from Noi Bai, including: Aeroflot (Moscow-Sheremetyevo) AirAsia (tel: +603 2171 9222) - Many good offers from Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. Air France (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Paris-Charles de Gau... more
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