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Do you want to get around Vietnam? Yes, but how?

Dragon-shaped Vietnam is a big country that can easily take a few months to fully explore. Its size is one of the reasons why, during your holiday in Vietnam. it's good to know the options. As well as bikes and buses, you can also opt for motorbikes, rickshaws, trains, planes and cars - Vietnam's got them all.

Some forms of transport are better for meeting locals, others are time efficient... The choice is entirely yours! Whatever you're after, there's something for all tastes and budgets!

It's a question of time and money

Yep! If you've not got much time on your hands, then flying is best, even if it's not the cheapest option. You can fly from north to south and stop off in the middle without a problem. Vietnamese airlines offer good deals and regular flights, but make sure you reserve in advance! You can also cover long distances by overnight bus. There are two options: local buses or private coaches, such as those run by Sinh Cafe Open Tours. The difference between the two is price and timing. Local buses in Vietnam are cheap but often packed and frequently late. 

Try all options in towns

In Vietnam you can get around town in a variety of ways. There are taxis, buses and motorbikes, but what I recommend is hiring a bike or rickshaw. The roads are inundated by motorbikes and, if you're not used to it, you'll have a hard time negotiating the chaotic Vietnamese traffic. Bikes are less stressful and rickshaws can be found all over Vietnam,  

I never leave my motorbike behind

Outside of towns, however, I can recommend motorbikes to get you wherever you like. Whether you're in the mountainous north exploring local villages or visiting rice fields and the delta in the south, driving through Vietnam by motorbike is a dream. The roads aren't always in the best of shape, but you'll have the opportunity to meet locals, which is what makes a road-trip by motorbike so great.  

An adventurous journey by rail

This is something you should try at least once; travelling by train is ingrained in Vietnamese culture.

My family on a sleeper train heading to Hanoi!

Whether you take a sleeper or find yourself on comfortable/hard seats, it's an unforgettable experience.

Don't expect trains in Vietnam to be quick...but if you're happy to gaze out the window, you'll appreciate the sights that pass before your eyes.

Claire Guerin
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Updated 15 July 2015
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