In Hanoi: Noi Bai International airport is 39 km from Hanoi’s downtown and
takes about 45 minutes to drive to the Australian Embassy or the city
centre by taxi.
In Ho Chi Minh City: Tan Son Nhat International airport is located inside
Ho Chi Minh’s downtown, and is about 40 minutes from the central urban
district of Ho Chi Minh City (which is District 1)
The country has seven further international and 15 domestic airports. All
Vietnamese airlines occasionally change their schedule at very short notice
and delays are common.
Taxis are an inexpensive and viable way to get around, Vinasun and Mai Linh
are examples of trusted taxi companies.
Austrade can help you arrange hiring a car with a driver during your stay,
as hiring cars to self-drive will be difficult for those who are visiting
There are a wide range of hotels to choose from in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. A 10 per cent VAT and a service fee five per cent is often charged on top of advertised prices.
In the larger cities there are plenty of restaurants offering cuisine from
around the world and of course mid- and higher-range restaurants offering
Vietnamese dishes. International restaurant chains are increasingly
present. Little English is spoken at establishments with lower
Trips to rural areas can mean little choice apart from 'street kitchens' -
bring packaged food if you want to avoid these.
Tipping is generally not required in Vietnam.
The karst formations of Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in
the north of Vietnam figure on the UNSECO World Heritage list of natural
sites, while Vietnam’s eight cultural sites with this designation include
the old town of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue in central Vietnam.
Further tourism hotspots include the beaches of Nha Trang, Da Nang and the
island of Phu Quoc in the south.
Security and health
The Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides
advice for business travellers and tourists to Vietnam
. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.
It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out
comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs,
before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers
them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and
activities are / are not included in their policy.
It is also recommended that Australian travellers
register your travel and contact details
, before travelling, on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
website, to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.
Beware of petty crime such as pick-pocketing, especially in crowded areas and certain parts of Ho Chi Minh City. Bags and mobiles are occasionally snatched by passing motorbikes and getting the required paperwork for insurance from the local police can often be very time consuming and frustrating.
Traffic accidents are common. Be attentive when walking and crossing the
Please seek professional advice concerning vaccinations. Public hospitals
and dental clinics are often of poor quality, private hospitals and clinics
exist in large cities.
Tap water is not safe to drink, ice is usually made from clean water.