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How can Malaysian Citizens apply for Vietnam visa? When is the best time to visit the country? How to find the best flight to Vietnam? Where to visit? or which tour packages will suit you most? Everything can be found below.

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Best time to visit Vietnam

The best time of year to visit the whole Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November). The temperatures are more moderate, and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.

It is the fact that Vietnam is a year-round destination. Every time of year, you can always find the sun somewhere (more or less).

You can check the detailed guide to know exactly where and when to go in Vietnam throughout the year.

Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy for Malaysian Citizens

As a citizen of this country, you are required no entry visa for a stay of maximum 30 days in Vietnam.

If staying longer than 30 days in Vietnam, Malaysian passport holders need to get a visa.

For more information, you can check our guide for Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy here.

How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam from Malaysia

For the flight cost, check the information below in this article (Getting to Vietnam from Malaysia)

Our recommended spending for your journey in Vietnam is about $120-150/person/day (group of 2 people). Of course, you can either spend less at about $90-100/person/day (even $30/day - backpacker style) or you can spend much higher depending on the services you expect on spot.

Here is our detailed guide for Budget & Currency for travelling in Vietnam

Getting flight to Vietnam from Malaysia

From Malaysia, you can get the flight to Vietnam from some popular cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu

All flights from the Malaysia to Vietnam will terminate at one of three international airports: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), otherwise known as Hanoi Airport in the north; Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in the center of the country and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), otherwise known as Ho Chi Minh City Airport, in the south.

The capital city of Hanoi is the largest in northern Vietnam and is the principal airport in the country. There are only two other regional airports in the area: Dien Bien Phu Airport (DIN) in the west and Cat Bi Airport (HPH) in the city of Hai Phong in the east, so you should take care with your travel plans in this area.

Vietnam has several towns and cities that dominate its central coast along the South China Sea stretching from Vinh in the north down to Nha Trang and Da Lat in the south. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you can take a connecting flight to any of the airports along the coast, or Pleiku Airport (PXU) and Buon Ma Thuot Airport (BMV) to explore the central interior.

Flight FAQs

Q. When is the best time to book flights to Vietnam?

Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Vietnam and go from there. 

Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. 

Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.

Q. How long is the flight to Vietnam?

Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City

The nearest airport to Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and the nearest airport to Ho Chi Minh City is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Non-Stop flight duration from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City is 1 hour 50 minutes (Operated by Vietnam Airlines)

Quickest one-stop flight takes close to 5 hours. However, some airlines could take as long as 26 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration.

Distance Between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is 1050 Kilo Meters

Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi

The nearest airport to Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and the nearest airport to Hanoi is Noibai International Airport (HAN)

Non-Stop flight duration from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi is 3 hours 5 minutes (Operated by AirAsia)

Distance Between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Hanoi, Vietnam is 2100 Kilo Meters

Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang

The nearest airport to Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and the nearest airport to Da Nang is Da Nang Airport (DAD)

Non-Stop flight duration from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang is 2 hours 30 minutes (Operated by AirAsia)

Quickest one-stop flight takes close to 5 hours. However, some airlines could take as long as 27 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration.

Distance Between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Da Nang, Vietnam is 1640 Kilo Meters

Q. Which Vietnamese airport is closest to Hue?

If you want to visit historic sites like Khai Dinh’s tomb and Đại Nội Citadel in Vietnam’s former capital, then you should fly to Phu Bai International Airport (HUI), which is to the south of Hue. Alternatively, Da Nang International Airport is a 92.6 km drive away and is centrally located within Vietnam.

Q. How much does it cost to fly to Vietnam?

The price ticket ranges from $70 to $650 depending on your flight route and date.

We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date.

Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Vietnam

Getting around in Vietnam

Vietnam is well served by a good network of internal flights. Given the long and thin nature of the country, if travelling north to south or vice versa, then internal Vietnam flights are a convenient and affordable option.
There is also a sleeper train that links Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south. You should try and book tickets for this early as it can sell out, especially during the Tet holiday.

Buses are the main ground transport option, with sleeper coaches covering much of the country. Tickets are cheap due to competition from various companies, but the beds on board are seldom as comfortable as you might wish them to be.

Check How to get around in Vietnam here

Other FAQs

1. Do I need vaccines for Vietnam?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Vietnam. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Vietnam: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza

Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Vietnam.

2. How safe is Vietnam?

All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. 

  • The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults. 
  • Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
  • Be extra careful if you’re travelling on two wheels on Vietnam’s anarchic roads; traffic accident rates are woeful and driving standards are pretty appalling.

Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Vietnam

3. Do I need a travel insurance for Vietnam?
Insurance is not compulsory but a must for Vietnam, as the cost of major medical treatment is prohibitive. A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is the best bet.

Some insurance policies specifically exclude such ‘dangerous activities’ as riding motorbikes, diving and even trekking. Check that your policy covers an emergency evacuation in the event of serious injury.
If you're driving a vehicle, you need a Vietnamese insurance policy.

Check the detailed article for Vietnam travel insurance here

4. What should I take to Vietnam?

Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Thailand:

  • Money Belt – These are a great way to avoid pickpocketing while in Vietnam.
  • Mosquito Repellent – Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases are common in many parts of Vietnam. Make sure you’re protected from these bugs while traveling.
  • Walking Shoes – Visitors can walk the streets to explore the street vendors or beautiful wildlife, making good shoes a must.

Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Vietnam

5. Are you supposed to tip in Vietnam?

Generally, tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but is very much appreciated. Many Vietnam workers do not earn much money and always appreciate the extra money to be made in tips.

Check out the Vietnam tipping guide & other local etiquettes here

6. Do I need to buy a Vietnam SIM Card? And where can I buy it?

It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Vietnam as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.

You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Vietnam, especially inside the big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang.

Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Vietnam here

7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Vietnam?

Yes, unfortunately, you will have to bargain most of the time to get the price right. Unless you plan to go to shopping mall or supermarket where price is printed on the product. It is not an intimidating task like it seems, and once you will get used to it, you will miss the bargaining scene found in Vietnam and in most of Asia. 

Tips: Look around and check with your guide to have the idea of what you are going to buy. 

Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Vietnam

Malaysian Embassy in Vietnam

When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the Malaysian embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.

Malaysia Embassy in Hanoi

  • Address: 43 - 45 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Phone: +844-3734-3849; +844-3734-3836
  • Fax: +844-3734-3832
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website URL: http://www.kln.gov.my/web/vnm_hanoi/home

Malaysia Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Address: 2102-2104, Me Linh Point Tower, No. 2, Ngo Duc Ke Street, Distric 1.Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +848-829-9023; +848-829-3132
  • Fax: +848-829-9027
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website URL: http://www.kln.gov.my/web/vnm_ho-chi-minh-city/home

Vietnam TOUR PACKAGES FOR "MALAYSIAN CITIZENS"

Vietnam Beach Escape Vietnam Beach Escape

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Vietnam Beach Escape
Wellness & Leisure / 12 days / fr. $1,392

Explore the two biggest cities of Vietnam: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city together with the vibrant Mekong River Delta. Meet the locals, experience their daily lives and learn about ethnic history... More

Multi-Sport in the Central Vietnam Multi-Sport in the Central Vietnam

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Multi-Sport in the Central Vietnam
Unseen / 8 days / fr. $996

From Phong Nha’s cave complex to the ancient town of Hue and Hoi An, enjoy a variety of sports while discovering famous sites of central Vietnam. Whether they are challenging treks to Tu Lan... More

Highlights of Vietnam Highlights of Vietnam

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Highlights of Vietnam
Must-see / 12 days / fr. $1,369

Explore Vietnam from north to south, getting a taste of the country’s diverse landscapes, intriguing history and rich culture. From the natural beauty of Halong Bay to the buzzing streets of... More

The Unseen Southern Vietnam The Unseen Southern Vietnam

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The Unseen Southern Vietnam
Unseen / 9 days / fr. $1,099

Delve into the rich cultures and stunning landscapes of the Mekong Delta. Spend four days exploring the labyrinth of waterways and villages by bike and boat. Witness skilled artisans at work, meet... More

The Essence of Vietnam The Essence of Vietnam

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The Essence of Vietnam
Must-see / 11 days / fr. $1,465

Discover Vietnam’s delightful mélange of culture and history on a compact, insightful journey. Explore Ho Chi Minh City’s historic monuments then glide across the waters of the M... More

The Unseen Northern Vietnam The Unseen Northern Vietnam

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The Unseen Northern Vietnam
Unseen / 27 days / fr. $2,549

Explore Vietnam’s most remote and rugged region with an unforgettable scenic road trip. The journey rewards with visits to colorful hill-tribe villages and a chance to summit Vietnam’s... More

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PLACES TO VISIT IN Vietnam
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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

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The combination of fun and educational activities

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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

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Explore the least visited destinations and unknown experience on foot

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Backpacking Vietnam offers an incredible opportunity to get off the beaten track… Explore dramatic mountains in the North, stop in for some corn wine and a friendly chat with the locals before heading south to party the night away…

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Backpacking in Vietnam is a great choice for backpackers on account of the super cheap cost of living and the plentiful adventures.

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When you travel through Southeast Asia these days, it is hard to imagine that tourism was almost non-existent just a half century ago. Here is the story of how hippies, guidebooks and banana pancakes helped to create one of the most famous backpacker routes in the world.
 

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Lantern Festival is celebrated in China and other Asian countries that honors deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar (usually falls around mid-February of Gregorian calendar). The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. 

Originally, the holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year. In some other Asian countries such as Thailand or Laos, the festival is celebrated around late October or early November to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent & the beginning of the festive season.

During the festival, houses are festooned with colorful lanterns, often with riddles written on them; if the riddle is answered correctly, the solver earns a small gift. Festival celebrations also include lion and dragon dances, parades, and fireworks. 

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