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Hi, would someone be able to recommend the best way to travel from Hanoi to Hue and then from Hoi An to HCMC - my guess is flights - any airline reommendations? Also is it best to book now or can do it when we get there. Travelling in December. Thanks

Posted on Sep 07, 2011

8 Answers

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I just did a few day trip from HCMC to Hoi An. I think my flight roundtrip was about $44 and I booked it a few days before. From HCMC I flew to Danang, then it's about a 30 minute, $15 cab ride. Hoi An is pretty sweet. Here are some pictures and some writing I did about it:

The Before and Now bar is a great bar in Hoi An. They play great music and seems to bring together cool people...I can't remember what airline I flew. Maybe JET or something there? It was the tightest flight ever though...I spent a few dollars more and had a few dollars more on the way home on Vietnam Air. Have a great time!

Posted Sep 13, 2011

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Hi Arti,

You can catch a bus from Hanoi to Hue and Hue to Hoi An. The hotel or a local travel agency should be able to book bus tickets for you a day ahead or same day. Definitely book a flight from Hoi An to Saigon ahead.


Posted Sep 07, 2011

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Hi Arti. Highly recommend the train. It's lovely scenery, if you've got the time. I had no problems with sleeping, theft, rodents or anything. It's not luxurious but it's comfortable, clean and, if you're fortunate, good company. If you take the train, the only thing I'd recommend is packing some food. It wasn't super great when I was there in 2005 but maybe it's gotten better. You can get a ticket the day of travel, but you'd probably have better seating/overnight cabin options if you reserved in advance. Hue is absolutely beautiful, too. Enjoy!

Posted Sep 07, 2011

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I definitely recommend flying … Vietnam Airline has great domestic connections throughout the country, and you can get a good rate if you book through a local travel agent.  I was able to find a travel agent through a website and book the tickets prior to arriving in Hanoi; however, I believe you can also do this once you’re there … just depends on how much time you want to spend dealing with logistics.

Posted Sep 07, 2011

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Forget the Hanoi-Hue bus, unless you are a backpacker. Kamikazi stuff! Vietnam Air, reasonable, quick and on time. Get the tix for Hue when you arrive in Hanoi. Getting from Hue to  Hoi An... that may have to be a bus.  Not sure if there are direct fllights to SGN from Hoi An. May have to go through Da Nang.

Posted Sep 10, 2011

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The best class on the train ifrom Hanoi to Hue s a good choice. I am not so sure if it is any bit cheaper than flying- but you get to see some beautiful countryside. Fly to HCMC from Da Nang. Try to hit Hoi An on the full moon- the monthly lantern festival is lovely. It is always good to check on busy times for flying and book ahead if you coincide with them. On holidays it can be hard to get flights. It may be cold in Hanoi, and even Hoi An, while it will most likely be hot in Saigon, and it could be raining anywhere.

Posted Sep 11, 2011

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If you have time, the Hanoi to DaNang train is fine, with lovely countryside and food vendors who climb on at various stops. Bus or taxi to HoiAn, which should not be missed, particularly at full moon. You can taxi back to Hue--definitely spend time there-- then fly into Saigon. Wherever you are, don't miss the experience of a  motorbike ride through the city: Vietnam's great adventure!

Posted Sep 16, 2011

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I rode the sleeper train from Hanoi to Hue -- it was great! I was with someone else, so the two of us in a two-bunk compartment were safe from theft. It's a little bumpy, but a fun adventure! 

For low-cost air travel within Vietnam, look up Jetstar (http://www.jetstar.com/). Vietnam Airlines is WAY too expensive! 

Posted Sep 21, 2011

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