Travelling from the United States to Vietnam: flights, tips + tours

Find out about flights, visas and the places American visitors most love to go to when travelling from the United States to Vietnam.

Many airline carriers fly between the USA and Vietnam, with just one stop en route, which is often Shanghai, Hong Kong or Taipei. From east coast airports in the USA such as New York, the average flight time to Vietnam is between 20 and 22 hours, including the layover. From west coast airports such as Los Angeles, the flight time to Vietnam is similar as airliners take the other route around the world! Airlines flying these routes are in abundance, including China Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Eva Airlines and American Airlines with Cathay Pacific. Direct flights between the USA and Vietnam are due to open up this year, starting out from either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Travelling from the United States to Vietnam

All American citizens visiting Vietnam must have a visa, which is valid for up to 30 days. There are a number of ways to apply for a visa, but by far the easiest is to apply online for an e-visa in advance of travelling. This can be applied for up to six months before travelling. Find the best up-to-date information about entry requirements to Vietnam by US citizens on the Travel.State.Gov website.

Passport United States

The USA and Vietnam have a troubled history together due to the Vietnam War, and this can make some American tourists worried about visiting the country. In reality, American travellers report having an incredible experience when visiting Vietnam, and welcome the opportunity to learn more about the war by visiting the many museums and remnants from the war. These include the Cu Chi tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City, the War Remnants Museum in the city and The Reunification Palace, where the war ended. Visitors also head over to the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, Hoa Lo Prisoner of War camp in Hanoi, Hue – where the battle for the citadel took place, and the beach resort of Nha Trang – formerly the most important US air base and where soldiers took their leave.

Hoa Lo Prisoner of War camp in Hanoi

Aside from the historically important spots in Vietnam, American visitors tend to head to all the country’s most famous spots. This centres on Halong Bay – the UNESCO World Heritage Site with emerald waters and mystical karsts – made famous in many movies. Exploring Cat Ba Island while in the area is another popular pastime for American travellers. The island of Phu Quoc is also regularly high up on the list, with its idyllic white sandy beaches and island paradise feeling.

Phu Quoc island

Some of the most popular tours with American visitors to Vietnam include:
•    Travel the historical and heritage sites of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi over 10 days
•    5 star Paradise Cruise in Halong Bay over three days
•    Cat Ba Adventure over three days

When travelling from the United States to Vietnam, come and join us at Mr Linh’s Adventures to make your vacation complete!
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