Getting Around: Vietnam Airlines

During my initial planning of the trip, I knew my arrival airport and departure airport but did not have a firm idea of my itinerary or how I would get around within Vietnam and Cambodia. I fancied the idea of taking trains, buses, and boats, but had to balance those ideas with the practicalities of how much ground I have to cover in a limited time.

Vietnam covers a lot of ground between Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south. Ultimately, I decided on flying between my major destinations as it was the most time efficient and the costs are very reasonable. I will be flying Vietnam Airlines for all my major transits:

  • Hanoi to Hoi An (via Da Nang airport)
  • Hoi An to Saigon
  • Saigon to Siem Reap

The only arrangement I have not made yet is Siem Reap down to Phnom Penh as I’m still holding out the idea that I might do that leg via boat on the Mekong River.

Vietnam Airlines is a SkyTeam member and I have the privileges of my Delta status in regards to seat selection, boarding priority, checked baggage (if I had any), and the like. Costs were also reasonable with my flight from Hanoi to Da Nang running $52 USD, Da Nang to Saigon $104 USD, and Saigon to Siem Reap being the most expensive at $187 USD. At prices like these, it did not make sense to use miles for award travel.


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