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Vietnam Transport – with Wired Destinations
Vietnam is not exactly notorious for its state-of-the-art and convenient transportation networks; however, it is pleasure in itself just to explore Vietnam by rickshaw, bicycle, motorbike, bus or train. Most Vietnamese locals use bicycles or motorbikes to and from work. Others take them for their groceries or to transport other items.
The best method of Vietnam travel from one region to another in the country is perhaps by train. The rail network takes you to most Vietnam destinations of interest. Traveling by train is also a safe and convenient way of getting around. It allows travelers to appreciate the countryside at a slow and leisurely pace. The main class designations are: hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper. The hard seat is the cheapest class on the train which often gets surprisingly packed. The soft seat is a bit costlier, more comfortable though and suitable for a daytrip. The hard sleeper is pretty convenient, with a thin mattress to sleep on. However, the hard sleeper compartments do not have a door, so tourists must be cautious at all times. We recommend you pick the soft sleeper with cleaner and safer cabins and berths.
Never ask a taxi driver to use his meter for a trip from the airport to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel or Hanoi hotel. The starting rates differ a bit for each taxi company. However, asking the driver for a fixed rate is highly recommended in order to prevent the drivers from driving out of the way instead of taking you directly to your Vietnam destination. It is also safe to take one of the many Vietnam hotel cars available around the airport. Taxis in the city however are safe and almost all of them are metered.
The bus is popular for budget travelers. Traveling by bus in Vietnam is easy and allows you to stop at any point. The price is reasonable, though it might not be as convenient as traveling by train. However, it is still good for a short and pleasurable trip to explore Vietnam’s country views and the people’s way of life. Be aware that there are some areas which do not allow public buses, such as District 1 and 3 of Ho Chi Minh City. A map of the main bus routes of each city can be purchased at bookstores. The cost of traveling by bus is cheap according to the distance of the routes. The ticket price for a trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is between 25 and 30 US Dollars and travel time takes approximately 2-4 days. So if you have some time to spend, consider traveling by bus to gain some more local experiences.
Traveling through local villages, enjoying views of the countryside and meeting new friendly folks along the way on a motorbike is a great experience. With a motorbike, travelers can have access to many hidden paths and villages of the country that can’t be reached through any other types of transportation. Most Vietnamese ride motorbikes in their everyday live, so motorbike taxis are easy to find. It is also cheap and fast; however, do negotiate the fare before getting on.
Bicycle rental stores are easily found in the city center, for around 1-1.5 US Dollar per day, but be careful when you park. Bicycle theft is a common trade in Vietnam.
A local method of travel, the Vietnam cyclo is a three-wheeled, human-powered vehicle that is often found in major city centers and around Vietnam tourist attractions. For short trips around town, the cyclos are recommended. Negotiate the fare before getting on, normally a 15 minute-trip from your Vietnam hotel to a Vietnam sightseeing attraction should not be higher than 30,000 Vietnamese Dong. Cyclo drivers can make great tour guides and they can also be hired by the hour. You can ask the driver to stop at any point to buy some souvenirs as well as shoot some photos.
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