Find the cheapest flight to Vietnam
Vietnam has two major international airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. These airports are served by many direct flights from several countries overseas, but long-haul flights usually stop in Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei or Tokyo where travelers will transfer to smaller planes for another flight to Vietnam. Keep in mind that you’ll be asked to pay a departure tax as you’re leaving the country (unless it was included in the price of your ticket) – don’t spend all your money before you get to the airport!
Vietnam’s airports don’t appear to have their own websites.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (airport code SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest airport, located about eight kilometers from the city center. The airport code comes from the city’s former name of Saigon. Its ability to expand is limited because of its location inside the city, so there are plans to build a new and much larger airport to serve Ho Chi Minh City and the entire region. The first phase of construction is projected to be done in 2010. You can see a list of airlines serving the airport (and the destinations they fly to) here. The easiest and least expensive method of transport from the airport to the city is the relatively recently introduced bus No. 152. It’s air-conditioned, and will drop you off in the city center. You can also get a taxi from the airport – and you’ll want to either be comfortable with bargaining or purchase a “taxi coupon” before you leave the airport. There are apparently no car rental agencies operating at the airport. There’s actually a decent diagram of what happens at Tan Son Nhat on arrival and departure here.
Noi Bai International Airport (airport code HAN) serves the capital city of Hanoi, and is the largest airport in the northern part of Vietnam. It’s 28 miles from the city center. A list of the airlines serving Noi Bai (and the destinations they fly to) is here. Hanoi’s airport is newer and more modern than the other two international airports in Vietnam, though it is smaller. From the airport, you can catch a bus (numbers 07 or 17) to the city center or get an airport taxi or airport minibus.
More Information on Vietnam
Vietnam’s troubled history (even before the US had anything to do with the country) and its particularly friendly people make it a fascinating place for visitors who are willing to give it a chance. The best news of all is that it’s still a great bargain for travelers, the food is great and it’s not as overrun as some of its SE Asia neighbors (like Thailand).