|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||March||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1144||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 798||From Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City|
C$ 844 - C$ 1811
32 - 35 °C
9 - 211 mm
Vietnam, Southeast Asia’s gem, is quickly becoming one of the more popular tourist destinations in the world. Despite its turbulent past, Vietnam is today a country of optimism and hope with an improving economy, a wealth of tourist attractions, and miles of sandy beaches. Travellers book flights to Vietnam to explore its majestic cities and relax on its sandy white beaches.
Your flight to Vietnam will either arrive in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. Both cities welcome tourism and offer visitors luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, museums and nightclubs, though Hanoi is much more low-key and less westernized than Ho Chi Minh. In Hanoi, walk around the lakes and parks of the city then stop by one of its stunning ancient temples like the Ngoc Son Temple. Ho Chi Minh, on the other hand, is a lot more chaotic and its main attractions revolve around fashionable boutiques and chic cafes. After spending time in one of the lively main cities, most travellers head for the beaches, mountains or the caves of Ha Long Bay.
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The flights to Vietnam can vary based on the city of origin. Those who are travelling out of Toronto, Canada will find that the shortest flight is 20h and 35m. The longest flight is 52h and 50m. If you are travelling out of Vancouver, Canada, the shortest flight is just 17h and 35m, while the longest is 42h and 35m. There are a number of things that can affect just how long a flight will be. This includes the city of origin. It also includes the number of stopovers that are on the flight and how long each of those stopovers will be.
Although there are not any direct flights that go from any Canadian cities into Vietnam, there are plenty of Vietnam flight deals that have just a single stop. Those who are travelling out of Toronto will find that they could take an Air Canada flight to Seoul for a stopover and then get onto an Asiana Airlines flight to head into Noibai Airport in Hanoi. If you are going to be travelling out of Vancouver, you could take a Korea Air Lines flight, which will have a layover in Seoul for 55m. There are quite a few options with just a single stopover.
For those who might have some longer trips across Vietnam, you might want to consider flying. Vietnam Airlines and Jet Star Asia and other airlines have domestic flights from Hanoi to Hue, Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City, and more. Another option to get around Vietnam is to rent a vehicle and visit various areas you want to experience. The Reunification Express is a good option for those who want to travel by train along the entire coast of Vietnam. Small, air-conditioned minivans from Mai Linh Express are another potential way to see the cities and other areas you want to visit.
Vietnam is an interesting country that has a host of different types of sites and attractions including historical locations and beautiful beaches. Those who are travelling to the country will want to make sure they experience as much as possible, including Ha Long Bay, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and Hoi An Ancient Town. This town offers a range of architectural styles including Chinese temples and a Japanese-designed bridge. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the other sites to visit include Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Cu Chi Tunnels, My Son Hindu Sanctuary, and the War Remnants Museum.
As a Canadian citizen, you are going to want to have a valid passport if you hope to travel to Vietnam. In addition to having a passport, you will also need to make sure that you have a visa. Currently, Canadian citizens who come to Vietnam will be able to pick up a visa at an international airport in Vietnam.
Northern Vietnam and southern Vietnam have two very different climates. November through April is cool and dry in the north, while the rest of the year is hot and rainy. It’s not much different on the central coast north of Nha Trang, where the winter monsoon brings wet, cool weather from December to February. In contrast, it’s hot and humid all year in the south. The central highlands aren’t much different, but winters are cooler with temperatures close to freezing.
Peak season in Vietnam is from September to April although there is no bad time to book a Vietnam flight. Winter in the north is from November to April when the weather is cool and dry, summer is from May to October; weather is hot with heavy rains.
In the south, Vietnam experiences a dry, hot season between December and April and a wet season between May and November. It is most humid between March and May.
In the center of Vietnam, there are often very heavy rains between December and February.
Off peak season in Vietnam is during Christmas and Tet (Lunar New Year) around February.
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Domestic airline Vietnam Airlines links Ho Chi Minh City with several destinations including Buon Me Thuat, Da Nang, Dien Bien, Da Lat, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Rach Gia.
Domestic flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and Danang are also offered by Pacific Airlines.
The rail network in Vietnam is operated by Vietnam Railways. The main line runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, taking in Danang, Hue and Nha Trang.
Although buses are cheap and safe they tend to be slow and overcrowded. The best way of getting around the country (between popular destinations) is by tourist open-tour bus.