Travelling by air has never been made so simple and airplane is the most popular means of transportation that brings tourist to Vietnam. Similar things can be said for tourists who would like to move from one to another destinations within the country.
|INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS in Vietnam||DOMESTIC AIRPORTS in Vietnam|
|Can Tho||Buon Ma Thuot|
|Chu Lai||Cà Mau|
|Lien Khuong (Da Lat)||Co Ong (Côn Đảo)|
|Đà Nẵng||Dien Bien Phu|
|Cat Bi (Haiphong)||Đồng Hới|
|Nội Bài (Hanoi)||Pleiku|
|Tân Sơn Nhất (Ho Chi Minh City)||Phu Cat (Qui Nhơn)|
|Phu Bai (Huế)||Rach Gia|
|Cam Ranh (Nha Trang)||Nà Sản (Sơn La) – closed, planning the reconstruction|
|Phu Quoc||Dong Tac (Tuy Hòa)|
|Thọ Xuân (Sao Vàng)|
International Vietnam Airports
Vietnam is served by three main international airports: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and Da Nang International Airport (DAD) located in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang respectively. Besides, Phu Quoc has also started receiving international flights from countries such as Singapore and now serves as a fourth international airport airport.There are also provincial airports in major attractions such as Dalat Airport, Nha Trang Airport and Dien Bien Phu Airport.
The size of each airport is relatively small, except for airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, compared with other international and local airports in the region. The service is getting to the standard but there is still space for improvement, especially in terms of hygienic issues. Each airport is equipped with food services and dotted with souvenirs shop and money exchange stalls.
On the flip size, Vietnam airport in HCMC and Haoi are both functional and very easy to navigate because of the manageable size, you will easily find your way around the airport without being afraid of getting lost or being late for your flight.
Because the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon is located within the city and cannot be easily expanded, construction on a new international airport (to be known as Long Thanh International Airport) is already underway.
Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (airport code: HAN) is actually the largest in the country but handles far less passengers than Saigon. Noi Bai International Airport is the hub for Vietnam Airlines as well as low-cost carriers Vietjet and Jetstar Pacific.
All international flights come through the Terminal 2, opened in January 2015. Hanoi’s airport is located approximately 21 miles (around 35 kilometers) northeast of the city. If your hotel provides airport pickup, take advantage! Taxis can be an expensive nuisance to negotiate after a long flight.
A third option for entering Vietnam is to fly into Da Nang International Airport (airport code: DAD) from another point in Asia. The airport mostly handles traffic from Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan.
The only real advantage of flying into Da Nang is to begin roughly in the middle of Vietnam, within striking distance of two very popular tourist stops in Vietnam: Hue and Hoi An.
If time is short and getting some clothing made in the charming riverside town of Hoi An is your primary objective, flying into Da Nang may be the best choice. AirAsia operates flights to Da Nang from Kuala Lumpur.
The biggest airline companies operating in Vietnam
The international airport in Vietnam can be used for transfer to neighbouring countries.
Lots of people traveling around Southeast Asia for some time in several countries. Many times may be move from the international airport to the surrounding country, eg. to Laos or Cambodia the fastest and most comfortable solution. Vietnamese airlines (Vietnam Airlines, JetStar Pacific, VietJet Air) offer lots of flights from Vietnam to neighbouring countries and flights to another countries in southeast Asia. These flights you can search, book and buy on Baolau and 12go.asia.
AirAsia company offer very cheap flights between asian countries. AirAsia operates also to another countries, eg. from Vietnam to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Japan …
Fly to Saigon or Hanoi — Which Is Best Vietnam Airport?
Obviously, your trip itinerary and aspirations for the trip may dictate where is the most logical port of entry.
A majority of travelers seem to begin in the south by flying into Saigon. Flight prices are often cheaper for Saigon. Plus, according to some opinions, Saigon provides a slightly “softer” landing culturally for first-timers in Vietnam.
Because of volume and other factors, flying into Saigon (airport code: SGN) is almost always cheaper than flying into Hanoi (airport code: HAN).
In fact, Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) handles a bulk of all international traffic in and out of Vietnam. Strangely, Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) actually boasts a larger capacity but handles less passenger volume.
Once in Hanoi, you could grab one of the low-cost domestic flights back to Saigon. International airfare to Western countries is usually cheaper from Saigon.
Vietnam Departure Tax
An international departure tax of US $14 for adults and US $7 for children is levied when you fly out of Vietnam.
Most airlines build the tax into the price of your ticket; you’ll never notice. If for some administrative reason the departure tax is not included in your ticket price, you’ll need to go to a counter to pay before allowed to get to the departure gate.
A departure tax of around US $2 is also added to domestic departures.
Departure Tip: Spend all of your Vietnamese dong before exiting the country. Exchanging Vietnamese dong after leaving Vietnam is nearly impossible. The currency is not useful outside of Vietnam. The airport in Hanoi does not have money-changing facilities on the other side of immigration. You’ll be stuck with whatever currency you have left!