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Short Answer

Please book your flights to arrive at Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) before 4 pm on day 1 and depart from Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) anytime on day 23.

Airport transfer to our hotel is included on day 1 and day 23 of your tour. From the moment you arrive, you're treated to a VIP-level service! Our driver will be waiting at the designated meeting spot with a BTV sign to pick you up and bring you to the hotel.

If you find a better flight on a different day, you can arrange extra accommodation from your account. This also includes airport transfer.


Vietnam spans more than 1,700 km from north to south. Our goal here at Backpacking Through Vietnam is to show you as much of this stunning country as possible. So unlike with our Thailand tour or Bali tour - where the tours begin and end in the same place - we do things a bit differently in Vietnam. The adventure begins in Hanoi in the north and ends in Ho Chi Minh City down south. Not surprisingly, the first question we get is “How should I book flights?”

Suggested Flight Plan

The easiest, most convenient flight option is to fly into Hanoi on day 1 and depart from Ho Chi Minh City when the tour wraps up on day 23.

? | Arrival Flight: Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport)

? | Departure Flight: Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)

Websites such as or make this easy. These are our go-to resources for finding flights. Just click on the ‘Multi-City’ option and then enter your flight schedule. Most airlines sell their tickets directly through this website and it crawls thousands of websites to provide the cheapest options. 

Once you set your dates, you can then pick and choose your arrival and departure flights from a list of options.

We ask that your flight into Hanoi arrive by 4 pm on day 1. That allows you to clear customs, grab your bags, and meet our driver to have you to the hotel for our introductory meeting at 6 pm.

Alternative Flight Option

Sometimes flights into and out of the same airport are cheaper. This will add some travel to your trip but it can be more affordable to book a cheap domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City back to Hanoi on day 23 in order to catch your departure flight home from there.

Double Check Your Tour Date Schedule

Before you book your flights, make sure you have the correct departing date. This will be displayed in your account after booking your tour. 

Early Arrivals & Late Departures Welcome

If you cannot find a suitable flight on day 1 of your tour, you have the option to arrive early. If you arrive early you can rest up and relax before the tour begins the following day. This includes airport transfer to the hotel when you land and breakfast. You can book this through your account on the My Account page.

For other information about flights and visas, please visit our FAQ page.

Have any questions about anything above or in general? Drop us a line, anytime.