Vietnam is a long, thin country, so we recommend you start in either Hanoi (in the north, near China and Laos) or Ho Chi Minh City (in the south, near Cambodia and the Mekong Delta) and traverse the length of it from north to south or vice versa, stopping at highlights such as Hue and Hoi an along the way. Highway 1 runs the length of Vietnam making air-conditioned coaches the best option for most budget travelers. Long distance ones are fitted with sleeper berths, and prices are reasonable.
There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views. Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City start from $40 for a seat and go up to $60 for a comfortably air-conditioned sleeper.
If you're short on time in the country and want to cover large distances, we can help you book domestic flights when you plan your trip, or you can check out one of our tours!