Vietnam is a must-visit place in SE Asia and a great spot for the Malaysian people that want a weekend or short break from home. This is a country that has it all: warm and friendly people, dynamic cities and incredible natural diversity.
Whether the travel itinerary includes the north, central or south, there are plenty of things to see and do in Vietnam. Additionally, Vietnam can easily be visited at any time of the year to appreciate the breathtaking scenery at its finest.
This fascinating land can combine the limestone karsts in Halong Bay and lush-green rice terraces in Sapa with the world’s largest cave systems and region’s highest mountains. Also, this S-shaped country has nearly 2,000 km of coastline to offer plenty of opportunities to relax and get involved with a range of water-based activities.
With such a long-list of must-sees in Vietnam it is crucial to organise a travel itinerary that can easily squeeze in top highlights of this country.
When is the best time to book a flight?
The ability to book the low-cost flights to Vietnam will vary with the season. The most cost-effective times to travel from Malaysia to Vietnam is likely to include the months of January, March, September, October and November. For travellers in search of the best prices, the summer period can be more expensive, especially for the months July and August.
Additionally, it is worth considering the local activities in Vietnam, such as the Christmas holiday, New Year Holiday, and Vietnamese New Year, Tet, when travel will be hectic and prices will be at a premium.
However, the shorter flight distance between Malaysia and Vietnam helps to keep the cost of travel between these countries within an affordable range. If travel plans dictate that it is necessary to travel during the peak season, it will benefit to book the flight early to increase the likelihood of organising the cheap flights to Vietnam.
How to find the most attractive flight deals?
Malaysians travelling to Vietnam for the weekend getaway or a full-length holiday have multiple options to grab a great flight deal. In order to find the most attractive deals it is useful to put in the time and effort to research the market to see what is available. Visit several of the popular flight booking sites and also be prepared to be flexible with the travel dates.
A quick method to get an appreciation of the flight costs is to visit one or more of the comparison sites. They will compare prices from multiple airlines to find the most attractive prices for future travel. Also, it is worth visiting the official sites of the carriers because not all airlines are listed on the comparison or booking sites.
The ability to book the Vietnam tour package early is certain to help find the best prices and deals. Airlines often increase their prices shortly before the flight is due, so early planning can help to minimize this issue.
How long is the flight from Malaysia to Vietnam?
The flight time from Malaysia to Vietnam is relatively short and varies slightly with the different departing points.
Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City results in a flight time of 1 hour 54 minutes
George Town to Hanoi results in a flight time of 2 hours 33 minutes
Kota Kinabalu to Ho Chi Minh City results in a flight time of 1 hour 46 minutes
Kuching to Ho Chi Minh City results in a flight time of 1 hour 38 minutes
Miri to Hanoi results in a flight time of 2 hours 39 minutes
Which airline carriers fly to Vietnam?
Malaysian citizens have the option to benefit from a range of direct flights from Vietnam. The most popular airlines flying this particular route are likely to include Sri Lankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways
When searching the many different options for cheap flight tickets to Vietnam, the official sites often include special rates and terms on their website, so it is worth looking around to get the most favourable discounts.
What are the major airports in Vietnam?
Travellers from Malaysia have the option to arrive in the country using one of the international airports. The major airports are located in the north (Hanoi) with the Noi Bai International airport and the south (Ho Chi Minh City) with the Tan Son Nhat International airport.
Elsewhere there are international airports at Danang and Nha Trang which are likely to be the preferred destination for travellers looking to relax away from the major cities.
After arriving at your Vietnam airport
Once customs have been cleared at the chosen airport, the route to complete the journey to the hotel or resort is easily achieved using a local transport service.
Hanoi's airport (HAN) is in the region of 35 km from the centre of the capital and best reached using the airport pickup service, taxi or the local bus service.
The journey into town for arrivals at the Ho Chi Minh City airport (SGN) is a lot shorter at about 6 km. This trip is easy to complete using the local bus or taxi service, while many of the hotels offer an airport pickup service.
Taking the taxi from the airport will be a very convenient option, but it will be more expensive than the alternative of using the local bus service.
Tips for travelling in Vietnam
Malaysian citizens will need to organise the relevant paperwork before arriving in the country. For instance, it is necessary to hold a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining, as well as a visa for any stay in the country that lasts for 30 days or more.
Similar to several other countries, Malaysians are able to benefit from a visa exemption up to a period of 30 days. If the stay in Vietnam is shorter than this there is no need to organise a separate visa. But for the longer stays, the standard visa application rules will apply with options including the online visa on arrival or in-person embassy application.