Before starting your adventure of Vietnam exploration, maybe you should think about the most efficient ways to do so – you probably don’t want to spend the most of your trip in transportation vehicles, even though the shape of the country may require that. To make the transporting part a bit easier for you, we’ve prepared top 10 facts about transportation in Vietnam for you to get informed.
1. The most efficient way to get from one large city to another is to have a flight.
Some of the best domestic airway companies are the state airway corporation named Vietnam Airlines, and two low-cost ones – Air Mekong and Jet Star Pacific. You can easily book a ticket online.
2. If you want to travel cheaply but have an overwhelming experience while observing the picturesque landscapes of Vietnam, a train is a perfect option for you.
However, you should have in mind that Vietnamese trains are not too fast, and you should be more careful with your luggage because of the thieves.
3. Buses in Vietnam are also a pretty cheap and definitely more convenient traveling solution when compared to trains.
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The bus system covers the entire country, it is well-developed and there are two types of buses. When it comes to buying tickets, be sure to do that in the registered booths inside the terminals. You surely don’t want to get stuck with a fake or wrong ticket.
4. The interprovincial buses are the ones that serve the routes between two or more Vietnamese provinces.
The buses driven on these lines are comfy, reliable, and pretty punctual, with no luggage limitations. The tickets can be bought in advance.
5. The local buses cover the area of the city, suburbs, and the surrounding places.
The tickets are cheaper when compared to the interprovincial ones, but the service is also on a lower level – it can be pretty crowded and hot because not all of the buses have the air conditioner.
6. If you have a higher budget and more patience, you can rent a car.
Renting a car in Vietnam has its advantages – you don’t depend on public transportation and you can make the traveling schedule on your own. However, if you don’t think you can handle the traffic jams characteristic for the larger cities, you should better look for another option.
7. Motorbike is a popular traveling option in Vietnam and there are numerous places where you can get it.
The driving license is obligatory but tourists are rarely stopped by the traffic police and requested to show the license. Helmets are the obligatory equipment.
8. The most common prejudice related to Vietnamese transportation system and traffic is that the traffic jams are constant in all parts of the country.
The only major places where you can expect traffic jams for the larger part of the day are the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City. Traffic jams don’t have the fixed hours but like in many other places in the world, they usually occur when the majority of people goes to work or comes home after work. This means that you may expect them in the morning, between 9 and 10, and in the afternoon, from 3 to 4.
9. Traffic jams are extremely difficult to avoid during the rainy period of the year.
Floods and frequent rainfalls may be the cause of long lasting slowdowns.
10. People who are the least affected by the traffic jams are the bicyclists that can easily get their way out of the crowded areas.
Tourists can be supplied with some bicycles in their hotels and the rental of a bicycle usually doesn’t cost more than five dollars.