Just like the diversity of its landscapes, Vietnam offers a variety of ways to get around. You may favour windswept motorbike rides, fly straight from point to point, or take the overland routes of trains and buses, soaking in the sights along the way. With a little planning (and an adventurous spirit), you can usually get where you want to go easily and comfortably.

Open-tour buses are an increasingly popular service for budget travellers, especially in Vietnam’s southern and central regions. Buses run regularly and reliably between top destinations such as Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Mui Ne, and Ho Chi Minh City. Most open tour buses are sleeper buses or have deep reclining chairs. A simple Google search will bring up the most reputed open-tour bus companies. We recommend booking one or two days ahead unless you’re travelling on a Vietnamese holiday: then you’ll want to book seats at least two weeks in advance.