Compare flights to Vietnam

What is Vietnam like?

Vietnam's rapid climb from war-ravaged and divided nation to one of Asia's most popular destinations is truly impressive, and ongoing investment in infrastructure continues to make the country more appealing to travellers of all backgrounds. The major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) are rich in culture, from ancient temples to museums commemorating the war. Vietnam is also abundant in natural charms, from the cool rice terraces in the north to scenic cruises on Ha Long Bay.

Which airlines fly to Vietnam?

There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Vietnam, but you can take 1-stop flights with a number of airlines, including:

Most of these flights complete the second leg of the journey with Vietnam Airlines.

How long is the flight to Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City

Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City

13 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh City

15 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Ho Chi Minh City

17 hours 55 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Ho Chi Minh City

15 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)


Auckland to Hanoi

15 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Hanoi

17 hours 35 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Hanoi

19 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Hanoi

17 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Southern Vietnam is usually warmer than the north, though temperatures across the country are most comfortable in the spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October).

Travelling in summer (May to July) can mean uncomfortable heat and more rainy days.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

Yes. You need to apply for a visa online or through the embassy in Wellington to receive an approval letter before flying to Vietnam, and you can then purchase your visa on arrival. There are 2 fees involved: the approval letter fee (US$17) and the stamping fee ($25 for a 1-month single-entry visa).

When should I book my flights?

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How expensive is Vietnam?

Costs are significantly cheaper across the board in Vietnam, from food and drink to accommodation and taxis. However, many local travel agencies have a reputation for inflating prices, so be prepared to heavily negotiate the cost of tours and activities.

The currency is the Vietnamese dong, but many hotels and tourism businesses also accept US dollars.

Useful tips about Vietnam

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Please note: all information is correct as of May, 2019.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.