Fly direct to Vietnam on a gap year

Travelling to Vietnam on a gap year has just become a lot easier due to direct flights into and out of the country.

Vietnam Airlines is flying into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City twice-a-week from the UK, making travelling to Vietnam now accessible to all. Previously you had to fly via an international transport hub such as Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.

The airline plans to increase frequency to seven times a week by 2015 with new Boeing 787-900 Intercontinental Dreamliners.

According to the BBC, president of Vietnam Airlines, Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, said direct air services would deliver "enormous economic and social benefits" to both countries.

The first direct flight to Vietnam from the UK took off from Gatwick airport on the 9th December.

Vietnam is one of the most popular countries in South East Asia and is home to sites such as Halong Bay and the Cu Chi tunnels. For more information on Vietnam then read our Vietnam section or Hannah Gamble’s fantastic guide to Vietnam.

Is anyone planning on going to Vietnam on a gap year in 2012? If so, what are you most looking forward to doing in the country?