Soaring Flight Costs: Unlocking Budget-Friendly Holiday Thrills

With the upcoming May Day and Labour Day holidays, if you are planning a getaway but high airfare is holding you back, here are a few suggestions for an enjoyable and budget-friendly celebration.


Play in Your City: Beat the High Plane Ticket Prices!

As per a recent survey, airfares have increased 1.5 times for popular domestic destinations like Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hue – Quy Nhon – Phu Quoc for the upcoming 30/4 – 1/5 holidays. This has prompted many to reconsider their travel plans.

However, there are still plenty of ways you and your family can enjoy a fun-filled holiday without breaking the bank on airfares. Here are some suggestions from our end!

1 Take a Train Voyage

Unlike the fast-paced nature of air travel, train travel provides you with a more serene and enjoyable experience. The journey time may be longer, but you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the beautiful natural landscapes along the way.

Notably, train travel has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its lower fares compared to air travel, especially during peak season. The price of a soft sleeper ticket ranges from 900,000 – 1.2 million VND per ticket/person, while a private cabin typically costs between 1.1 – 1.6 million VND per ticket/person.

Booking train tickets is also quite straightforward. You can visit the website of Vietnam Railways or purchase tickets through e-wallets such as Momo, Viettel Pay, etc.

However, since train travel usually takes longer, shorter routes such as Ho Chi Minh City – Binh Thuan (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes), Hue – Da Nang (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes), Hanoi – Hue (approximately 12 hours) might be more suitable.

If you have ample time, consider trying out longer journeys at night. You can save on hotel expenses and get a good night’s sleep on the train.

Train Travel

2 Explore Nearby Destinations within 100km

For the upcoming 2-day 30/4 – 1/5 holidays, nearby travel destinations are an ideal choice to fully enjoy your break without spending too much time on the road.

Near Ho Chi Minh City


  • : Explore the diverse ecosystem, trek through ancient forests, and immerse yourself in pristine nature.
  • , , : Enjoy the fresh air, participate in water activities, camp, and go fishing.

Beach Getaway

  • : Relax on beautiful beaches, visit famous landmarks like , Christ the King Statue, Vung Tau Lighthouse.
  • : Explore with its white sand dunes, swim in clear waters, and savor delicious seafood.

Destinations near Ho Chi Minh City

Near Hanoi

Mountain Escapade

  • : Enjoy the cool air, admire majestic mountains, and visit attractions like Dinh Rung Rinh, Cong Troi, Thien Mon.
  • : Explore , Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hang Mua, with stunning natural scenery and historical and cultural value.
  • , : Experience the serene life of ethnic minorities, embrace the untouched wilderness.

Beaches and Islands

  • : Marvel at Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with thousands of limestone islands and mysterious caves.
  • : Explore Cat Ba National Park, swim at Cat Co Beaches 1 and 2, visit Quan Lan Island, Cat Dua Island.
  • : Enjoy stunning beaches, participate in water activities, and relish fresh seafood.
  • Lan Ha Bay: Discover Lan Ha Bay with its unspoiled islands, clear waters, and activities like kayaking and snorkeling.

Destinations near Hanoi

3 Explore Within the City

Urban tourism has taken off in recent years, offering travelers novel and exciting experiences. Instead of traveling far and spending a hefty sum, you can now enjoy a staycation right in the heart of the city at rustic campsites (Camping) or modern, fully-equipped homestays.

Choosing to tour within the city helps travelers save on transportation costs, while also providing a refreshing feeling of “escaping” from the daily hustle and bustle. These trips typically last from 1 to 2 days, perfect for weekend relaxation or experiencing a unique holiday atmosphere.

At inner-city tourist areas, visitors can partake in various fun activities such as campfire gatherings, BBQ parties, kayaking, mini live shows, etc. Additionally, they can explore popular city landmarks, savor local cuisine in local restaurants, or simply sip coffee while enjoying the city’s tranquil ambiance.

Inner-City Tourism

Here are some vacation ideas that won’t break the bank, provided for your consideration. Give yourself ample time to rest and rejuvenate; we’ll be right here waiting!

Frequently asked questions

Train travel offers a more relaxed journey, allowing you to admire beautiful natural landscapes. It’s also more affordable, especially during peak season. The soft sleeper ticket prices are very reasonable, and you can book easily through the Vietnam Railways website or e-wallets. Shorter routes are available for a quicker trip, and longer night journeys offer a unique experience and hotel expense savings.

For eco-tourism, explore diverse ecosystems and ancient forests. Enjoy fresh air, water activities, camping, and fishing. Visit beautiful beaches and landmarks like Christ the King Statue and Vung Tau Lighthouse. Discover white sand dunes and clear waters, and indulge in delicious seafood.

For a mountain escapade, enjoy cool air and majestic mountains at Dinh Rung Rinh, Cong Troi, and Thien Mon. Explore stunning natural scenery with historical value at Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hang Mua, and Cuc Phuong National Park. Experience the culture of ethnic minorities and untouched wilderness.

For beaches and islands, marvel at Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO site. Discover Cat Ba National Park, swim at Cat Co Beaches, and explore Quan Lan and Cat Dua Islands. Enjoy beach activities and fresh seafood. Lan Ha Bay offers unspoiled islands and clear waters, perfect for kayaking and snorkeling.

Inner-city tourism saves on transportation costs and offers a refreshing escape from daily life. These trips, typically 1-2 days, are perfect for relaxation or unique holiday experiences. Visitors can enjoy campfire gatherings, BBQ parties, kayaking, mini live shows, exploring landmarks, local cuisine, and the city’s tranquil ambiance.
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