Although most people arrive in Vietnam by air, there are other options. However, check carefully before deciding to go by an overland route. See below for more details.
Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are well severved by the major international carriers. Vietnam's third international airport at Danang is mainly only served by the country's national carrier and Thai Airways.
- Thai Airways
- Flies from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.
- Vietnam Airlines
- The Viet national carrier flies to and from many Asia capitals.
There is international train service between China and Vietnam. There are two routes to chose from: One from Beijing to Hanoi and the other originates in Kunming, also terminating in Hanoi.
With the increasing popularity of cruises in Asia, some major lines now stop in Haiphong.
There are road crossings between Vietnam and China, Laos and Cambodia. Travelling by road through Laos or Cambodia towards Vietnam (or vice-versa) can be dangerous, as there are often reports of "bandits" in some remote areas. Be sure to check current conditions before setting out by road.