|Ho Chi Minh City||$387|
There’s no bad time to take cheap flights to Vietnam, indeed this fascinating country is a sought after Asian holiday destination by Australians all year round. Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south are the largest tourist cities, but due to their geographical distance experience different weather patterns. In general, November through April is the cold season in Vietnam and May through October the hot season. A couple of peak periods to note are the Christmas holidays, Tet Holiday (aka Vietnamese New Year), celebrated in late January to early-mid February. July and August are the busiest months for tourism, when the hot and humid weather causes locals to leave the cities and accommodation prices rise up to 50% along the coast. For reasonably priced flights to Vietnam during July and August book well in advance.
April to June and September to November are considered low season in Vietnam and the best time to book flight tickets if you want to tour the whole country. Be aware that typhoons often strike the central and northern coastline until November.
There’s no particular ideal time for booking cheap flights to Vietnam but in general searching six to eight months in advance will give you the best deals on flight tickets. If you’re not able to do this then book at least 7 to 10 weeks prior to departure and target the months of March/April and September/October. This is will catch the beginning and end of the tourist season which offer the cheapest flights to Vietnam.
Jetstar is a popular low-cost airline operating flights to Vietnam cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, as well as other destinations in Vietnam. National carrier Vietnam Airlines also offers good deals on cheap flights to Vietnam from Australia if you can grab the earlybird specials. Other airlines that fly to Vietnam from Australia are Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia. In general the cheapest flights to Vietnam will fly into Ho Chi Minh City as it services more airlines.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) located in the south of Vietnam is the country’s largest airport and services Ho Chi Minh City. It is approximately 6 km from the city centre. The most convenient method of getting to your hotel is to take a taxi, located on the left side of the arrivals hall. Public bus is the cheapest option with services running every 20 minutes from 6am to 6pm. Those travelling to the north of Vietnam will land at N?i Bài International Airport (HAN), 27 kms from downtown Hanoi, and have the option of minibuses, public taxis and buses upon arrival for getting into the city.
(prices quotes are from London)