Vietnam is open to international tourism

All foreign visitors are permitted entry to Vietnam regardless of their vaccination status – without a pre-flight PCR test and self-isolation on arrival. However, proof of valid health insurance with a minimum liability of $10,000 is required.

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Best time to fly to Vietnam?
Here are the cheapest months/days to book flights

The best time to find the cheapest flights to Vietnam tends to be during the low season which falls on the transition period from winter to summer (April through June) and from summer to winter (September through November). It’s a great time to visit the country without tourist crowds and with reasonable prices for airline tickets, tours, and accommodation. July and August are considered the high season in Vietnam, with airfares and hotel prices increasing up to 50%. If you really have to visit the country during this peak period it’s wise to book your travel well in advance.

Bear in mind that plane tickets usually don’t get cheaper closer to the departure date. Even these reasonably priced flights in the low season sell out quite far ahead of the date of travel – it pays to book your ticket well in advance. The best time to buy can vary among airlines but the golden time for domestic flights usually falls between 3 weeks and 8 weeks before the departure. For international flights, give yourself even more time: start checking ticket prices at least 2-6 months beforehand to find an affordable flight.

There is one main rule airlines’ price algorithm use: the fewer seats an airline has left on a flight, the more expensive those available seats will be. Knowing how the flight ticket pricing work, will give you an advantage when booking the next flight

Here are some examples of flights departing from popular airports. The prices are updated in real-time.

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10 most effective travel & flight hacks for Vietnam

  1. Fly in the low season. Flying to Vietnam during the low season (March – April, and September – October) is one easy way to save money on flights. With significantly fewer visitors, everything (including air tickets) is cheaper. Book at least 2 months before departure in order to get a below-average price. Avoid the peak season – December to March.
  2. Fly with local airlines. Vietnam has a wide and dense network of air routes, with its 10 international and numerous domestic airports. Flying between major cities is the fastest and most convenient way of travel. Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular route (70 min, ~$40) and even one of the longest domestic flights – from Hanoi to Phu Quoc – only takes 2 hours (compared to 35 hours by train and ferry) and cost less than $100. Three major airlines dominate the local market and tend to have the cheapest flights: Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, and Pacific Airlines.
  3. Relax in Sleep Pod at Hanoi airport. Long layover? You can take a quick (or long) nap in the privacy and comfort of Sleep Pod at Noi Bai International Airport. It's a mini-hotel or a "room boxes" located on the 3rd floor in Terminal 1, and on the 2nd floor in Terminal 2. Sleep Pods can be booked per hour or per day (~$7 single room, ~$8 twin room), and you can make a reservation online on HanoiAirportHotels or Booking.com.
  4. Book your flights in the local currency. Flight fares that a search engine or airline website quotes you often vary depending on where you book from. Try to spoof your location and currency so that it looks like you're booking the flight from the same country that it’s departing from. For example, if you are in the US and you're booking a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok set the country in a search engine to Vietnam, and the currency to Vietnamese dong (VND). This simple trick doesn't work every time (not all websites set prices the same way) but it can sometimes save you a significant amount of money.
  5. Set the currency to the currency of the airline's country. It's a variation of a 'hack' described above. If you are booking a flight on Malaysian Airlines' website, try setting the country to Malaysia and the currency to the Malaysian ringgit (MYR). If the airline website detects your real location using your IP address and automatically applies the adequate currency, you can overcome this by using a VPN to spoof your location.
  6. Watch for a good sale. Most airlines publish their web promotions frequently. To get a great bargain be sure to watch the airline sales over the course of several weeks.
  7. Join Air Traveler Club. A proven way to get great prices on flights to Vietnam is to become a member of Air Traveler Club. It is free to join, and deals that the members get every week are priced at least 40% below the average airfare for a given route. Some of these 'hacker fares' can save you up to 80% (!) on your next flight.
  8. Find the best economy seats. Contrary to the popular view, not all economy seats on a plane are created equal. Some seats have slight advantages over others. It all depends on the aircraft, so we recommend visiting the SeatGuru website, where after entering your flight number you will be presented with a detailed seat map. Hover over individual seats to compare quality, and check out other travelers’ reviews.
  9. Lost baggage prevention. Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode which is used for identification and tracking – so the old tags can really confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.
  10. DM instead of the call center. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service. If the problem arises, social media is usually a faster way to contact a real human that can answer your questions. Don't count too much on airline call centers, they are usually super busy.

Stopover options in Asia Pacific

Direct flights to your Asian destination can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to countries of Asia and Pacific:

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