Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a small and beautiful country with victorious history, profound patriotism and wonderful landscapes. Vietnam has a wide range of beautiful and amazing natural and cultural landscapes which attract a lot of tourists from all over the world. Not too far away from Australia, Vietnam is recommended destination for your holiday to explore a whole new culture. A journey from Australia to Vietnam is long but it’s worth and wonderful if you follow some travel tips below.
Flights from Australia to Vietnam
There are many flight routes from Australia to Vietnam. In this blog, we suggests mainly flights from two main airport is Sydney and Melbourne.
From Sydney to Hanoi (Vietnam’s capital city), you can choose Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Silkair, etc. The price for the flight will be between AUD 430 to 710 per person. The direct flight from Sydned to Hanoi is around 13 hours 15 minutes.
From Sydney to Ho Chi Minh city (the biggest city in the South of Vietnam), you can choose flights from Qatar Airways, Jetstar, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, etc with the price between AUD 470 to 800 per person. The direct flight from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh city is around 15 to 23 hours.
From Melbourne to Hanoi, there are flights with Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Silk air, etc. The price is between AUD 500 to 710 per person. The direct flight is around 12 hours 35 minutes.
The flight from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh city is a bit cheaper compared to Hanoi, the price is around AUD 470 to 650 per person. And the flight time is around 15 hours.
To get the best price for you, the best time to buy the flight tickets is around 2-3 months in advance. At this time, all the flight routes will be listed and you can choose the best price for you. And you also should care about the duration of the flight because it’s also affect your feeling when you first arrive in Vietnam.
Australia to Vietnam Visa
Due to the relationship between Australia and Vietnam, Australian citizens still need a valid visa to enter Vietnam. You can visit Vietnam Embassy in Australia or apply online to get a visa. Or you also can consider to get an invitation letter from your travel agency in Australia or Vietnam to get a visa on arrival. By this way, you can get a visa stamp at Vietnam’s airport included Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang or Nha Trang.
Travel tips for travelers from Australia
Plan your travel destinations in advance
Vietnam is a long country therefore you should choose your destinations carefully in advance when you plan to travel from from Australia to Vietnam. Sometimes, a cheap flight to Ho Chi Minh which is in the South of Vietnam makes your trip more expensive because you want to see Halong Bay and Sapa (North of Vietnam). Therefore you need to take another domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi then return. So if you have a short vacation (less than 10 days), you should choose between the North or the South only then save the other for next time.
People normally choose: 10 days in North Vietnam included Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa – Ninh Binh or 10 days in Southern Vietnam included Ho Chi Minh city – Da Lat – Mekong Delta – Phu Quoc. Or combine South and the middle like Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Da Nang.
So plan your time and your destination wisely! If you prefer a beach vacation, the South of Vietnam (Nha Trang – Vung Tau – Phu Quoc) will be a good choice. If you prefer mountainous and cultural area, Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Giang – Mai Chau in the North are places that you cannot miss. Get yourself a travel agent to help you customize your trip perfectly.
Get used to Vietnamese currency
You can use AUD or USD in big cities in Vietnam, but Vietnamese currency – Vietnam Dong is the most common way for you to use in buying, bargaining stuffs in Vietnam. Don’t exchange your AUD in your closest bank, bring it to Vietnamese airport and exchange it or exchange at the city. Look online for the rate and Vietnamese banks to find the best rate for you. In big cities, you can change at the bank but you need to show your passports. The easier way is change it at local travel agency or gold/jewelry shops (black market) to get the best rate for you.
Vietnamese notes are the same texture as Australian Dollars so it’s easy to recognize it real or fake. But the most difficult thing when using Vietnamese notes is the number is really big. 1 AUD is about 17.000 VND at the time I write this article. Yes. You’re not seeing it wrong – 17.000 times bigger. But the smallest note at the moment is 1.000 VND so the trick is for get 3 zeroes at the end when you exchange Australian dollars to Vietnam Dong. Or remember 1 can of beer is around 1 AUD!
Learn how to bargain
Bargaining is Vietnamese culture, similar with other Asian Countries. No bargain, no fun. Local sellers normally put the price higher than buying in supermarket even for Vietnamese. So don’t mind to be a tough customer, Vietnamese are taught about bargaining when they just know how to count. But it’s only true for street sellers. In shop, mart and super market, they put the fixed price so don’t let yourself embarrassed.
Get used to Vietnam’s traffic
There are around 9 millions people in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city with very high density. People here are driving motorbikes all day long and the traffic honestly is crazy, especially for pedestrians. But the good thing is they go slowly, a motorbike normally doesn’t’ go faster than 30km/h in the city, you can easily avoid them (or they avoid you) when crossing the street. The annoying thing is people here using horn all the time. So stay at the city just 1 or 2 days to know about it then find somewhere else to relax.
Try Vietnamese cuisine
Beside than the scenery, Vietnamese food is something you must try when you travel from Australia to Vietnam. Don’t let Vietnamese restaurants near your house make you think you know Vietnamese food. Vietnamese food is beyond and above it’s own territory. From North to South, 3 different regions with 3 different style of taste. A bit salty for the North, a bit spicy in the Middle and sweet sweet Southern dishes. Some dishes you should try is Pho, Spring Rolls (Fried and fresh), Banh My, different kinds of noodle.
Practice your chopstick skill before coming to Vietnam! Most of Vietnamese-food restaurants don’t have knife and fork 🙂