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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can be reached via I-280 from San Francisco or San Jose.
Flights from SFO to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) usually last for 18 to 23 hours depending on stops, so be prepared for eating and sleeping along the way. After landing at HAN, the Vo Van Kiet highway leads directly south from the terminal to Hanoi.
Vietnam's capital is the country's second largest city. Popular attractions include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Tran Quoc Pagoda, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Vietnam Military History Museum, the Hanoi Opera House, the National Museum of Vietnamese History and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Vietnam has a wet climate, and the relatively dry season lasts from November to April. Temperatures are warm all year round, and it can average well over 80 degrees during the hottest months, making spring the best season to visit.
Try to stock up on good mineral water that is kept out of the sun. It is recommended to arrange for medical insurance, prior to entering the country as Vietnam’s health care system is very different to the US.