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History, culture, breathtaking natural beauty – Vietnam has got the lot. In many ways it is a very dense and complicated country, which makes it a compelling destination. And when you add in a cuisine that is globally revered, it’s even more tasty to grab those cheap flights to Vietnam from the UK.
In general, the best time to visit Vietnam is in the spring, between February and April, or in autumn, between August and October. That’s because at these times of year the temperatures are more moderate and comfortable, and there is also the least chance of rainfall.
However, when planning on visiting the whole country from north to south, things become a little trickier. As such a long country – more than 600 miles in length – the climate can vary greatly, which means that as a whole, the country is a year-round destination and you’ll need to pack accordingly.
Do be aware that during the new year, or Tet celebrations, prices can spike so it’s worth booking early.
For cheap flights to Vietnam, there are a couple of ways you can use Expedia to find them. It’s all about being flexible, both on the dates of your travel and when choosing your departure and arrival points.
Click on the ‘Nearby Airports’ button in your initial search and you’ll see options from other UK airports. Then use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option to see if adjusting your plans by a day or so can also help you save on flights to Vietnam. Very often these small changes can make a big difference in price.
There are numerous direct flights to Vietnam from London.
The main international airport in Vietnam is Tan Son Nhat, in Ho Chi Minh, which deals with more than 30 million passengers a year. Noi Bai International, in Hanoi, handles 20 million passengers. Both airports are well linked to the city with a choice of transfers and taxis.
Other airports that travellers can fly into include Da Nang and Nha Trang, which both offer excellent access to some of the more popular beach resorts.
Indirect and direct London to Vietnam flights are available from a number of different carriers.
Vietnam is well served by a good network of internal flights. Given the long and thin nature of the country, if travelling north to south or vice versa, then internal Vietnam flights are a convenient and affordable option.
There is also a sleeper train that links Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south. You should try and book tickets for this early as it can sell out, especially during the Tet holiday.
Buses are the main ground transport option, with sleeper coaches covering much of the country. Tickets are cheap due to competition from various companies, but the beds on board are seldom as comfortable as you might wish them to be.
Once a country divided, it is very interesting to compare and contrast the two major cities of the north and south. Ho Chi Minh is one of the most hectic places on the planet, with millions of motorbikes buzzing around 24/7. Even some of the pavements are used as make shift roads during rush hour. Hanoi is still a hive of activity, but the French colonial influence adds an extra dimension of calm.
The historic coastal town of Hoi An is a must, with its floating restaurants and bustling market. And the upmarket resorts of Da Nang and mountain city of Dalat are other highlights. In the north, tourists flock to Ha Long bay, with its iconic islands towering out of the water.
Currently, British citizens can visit Vietnam for a period of up to 15 days without a visa, which includes the dates of entry and exit. If you want to stay for up to 30 days, you can get a visa online before you travel, but use is limited to certain entry and exit points. Longer visits will require a visit to the Vietnamese embassy.