Flights arrive to Ho Chi Minh City from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, as well as the main terminals in neighbouring countries such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Do note that Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is incredibly busy, with just one runway and traffic jams all around the outskirts. Make sure to avoid being in a hurry. The airport is 8km from the main city. You can get in and out of the airport by local bus, taxi or by booking a ride using the app ‘Grab’.
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City by bus is relatively easy, the bus network in Vietnam is extensive and reliable and runs at all manner of times. You can grab a bus from many different areas in Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City. Many travellers choose to enter Vietnam via Phnom Penh in Cambodia too. This costs around $12 per person and involves switching and boarding to a partner Vietnamese bus once across the border. Be aware that night buses are incredibly bumpy and uncomfortable and not the best option if sleep is on one’s itinerary.
The Reunification Express runs from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Rail transport is not particularly developed at this time however. Journeys from Hanoi take around 30 to 35 hours. It would be better to take the bus or arrive in Ho Chi Minh on your own motorbike like many adventurers do, but the trains are generally comfortable and reliable.