With a variety of transport options available, getting around in Vietnam is relatively straightforward. The country is almost twice the length of Great Britain though, so travel inevitably requires some careful planning.
Flying is easy since there are airports almost everywhere and a significant domestic flight network operated by the national carrier Vietnam Airlines. However, it's worth considering travelling by train on at least part of your journey - a great way to get a feel for the scale of the country, see the scenery change and mix with the locals. The famous Reunification Express line runs from north to south with trains stopping at several destinations along the way. You can choose to travel just a short section by train; the scenic coastal route between Hue and Danang is a good option and takes around 3 hours.
As an alternative, adventurous travellers can journey the length of Vietnam by train, from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, to Hue, Danang (Hoi An), Nha Trang on down south to Ho Chi Minh City. Some sections will be overnight sleeper trains, other short daytime sections. Our Vietnam Train Odyssey suggested itinerary gives an outline of how this could work. You could, of course, mix and match between train and flying. Your consultant can talk you through the options.
When road travel is required, we will assign you professional guides and a driver. Your driver is employed solely to transport you safely on any road journeys, whether from airport to hotel, enjoying an experience, sightseeing or between different regions. The private vehicles are very modern and comfortable, and the private arrangements mean you can be spontaneous and flexible with your time. No-one likes to be stuck to a fixed schedule.
You can explore parts of Vietnam by boat. When you get the chance, it's a brilliant way to explore. A leisurely small-boat journey is one of the best ways to explore the Mekong region, and it's possible to travel between Cambodia and Vietnam this way. There are several boat options in our Vietnam Cruises section, which also cover journeys out to and around Halong Bay. There are many to choose from, but Experience Travel Group only work with the best.