If you have never been in Vietnam and it appears to be the next destination for your holidays, surely finding out what to prepare for this trip is very important. Especially when you visit some places for the first time. This article will show you the newest updates which is very helpful for your pocket tips.
Apart from the compelling history and culture, the natural beauty of Vietnam is reason enough to visit. As one of the most beautiful countries that you could ever see, the country boasts of a lot of gorgeous sceneries that nature has to offer; from beaches to rice terraces to mountains and breathtaking landscapes. Mother Nature has been very generous to this land, blessing with some of the most stunning landscapes you could ever imagine. Ignoring the opportunity to visit Vietnam is really a big mistake.
1- WHEN TO GO
Choosing suitable time for your trip might be the first thing you think about when you have days off and plan your journey. In Vietnam there are 3 main parts of the country: the North, the Center and the South. The weather in these 3 areas is totally different. Therefore, the best time to have a trip that could fully enjoy throughout Vietnam is from December to April. Why?
- Avoid storms in July and August that affect negatively to your trip (cancel or miss some excursions due to bad weather).
- Avoid the rainy season in the South (from May to October).
- Avoid superhot summer.
- Cold and dry in the North and Center, warm in the South.
Try a new Asian experience in Vietnam
2- TRAVELLING DURATION
The length of your trip of course depends on how many days do you have to travel. Here are some suggestions for those who come to Vietnam for the first time:
Travel through Vietnam in the most classic way: 10 days
Within 10 days you will have enough time to visit main and popular destinations of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Mai Chau, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. You will have chance to meet the culture of this Asian country from north to south or vice versa.
Travel through Vietnam with beach relax: 14 – 15 days
You might have heard about some beautiful beaches in Vietnam that worth spending some days for relaxation such as in Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc. Once you are a fan of sand and sea, do not miss this chance to breathe the beach air in Vietnam.
Travel the North only: 6 days
You only interested in the North area? You can spend 6 days on getting deep insight this zone. Travelling in Hanoi, Sapa or Mai Chau for mountainous atmosphere and then go to the sea in Halong Bay. Just remember, do not visit the North of Vietnam in July and August, tropical storms might affect your trip and activities.
Travel the South only: 6 days
The main destinations that you might want to experiment is Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnels (for fans of history) and the Mekong Delta zone.
Choose the suitable length for your trip and enjoy all excursions
3- CURRENCY & MONEY
The currency of Vietnam is Dong.
Newest update for exchange rate is: 1 USD = 23500 Dong
Enter Vietnam, you can exchange money in the airport or banks. Please remember that after the payment, the note you received must remain intact, not torn and too dim. Additionally, with your dollars, you have to make sure one more thing that there is no stain or text on it. The bank will not accept or exchange it with lower rates from the store or the hotel so you cannot make the payment with them.
In case you do not like using cash, you should still exchange a little because Vietnamese still preferred using cash, only restaurants, hotels and modern convenience stores have the POS for people who pay by card, but you have to pay the bank fee is 3 – 3.5% for using the credit card. Visa, Master Card is the most common type of cards in Vietnam. In addition, you can use Amex or JCB. Maestro, Cirrus and Plus will be more difficult to make the payment. It is better if you can check with the seller before buying or using service that they accept credit card or not and the exchange rates they will use.
***NOTE & TIPS:
– You should ask for the price before buying anything or use any service (for example taxi, street food, drinks, etc.).
– One local coffee has price from 25000 Dong (about $1.2). One local meal (such as Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Pho, etc.) has price from 40000 Dong (about $2). One meal in restaurant has price from 250000 per person (about $11).
4- PASSPORT & VISA
To enter Vietnam, you will need to bring your passport that is still valid for at least 03 months after the date you enter.
A valid visa is required for citizens from most foreign countries come to Vietnam for any purposes. Residents of some countries who have a visa exemption agreement with Vietnam do not need to get a visa to Vietnam for a certain period of time and with specific purposes. And also not all travelers who require a visa to Vietnam are supported with visa on arrival. Hence, make sure whether you need a visa to Vietnam or not and are supported with visa on arrival.
Nowadays, there are two available ways to obtain a visa to Vietnam: apply for visa at a Vietnam Embassy or apply for Visa on arrival. Of course, visa on arrival is more convenient and less time-consuming, but please notice that, it is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. By applying Vietnam visa online, you can receive your Approval Letter before you leave home, which will simplify your arrival and save time.
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5- WHAT TO BRING
Personal papers: Passport, Vietnam Visa (if required), travel assurance, flight tickets, all travel confirmation vouchers, photos of passport in separate place, last updated information for your trip.
Clothing and luggage: Depend on the period time of travel, you can bring suitable clothes. Light jacket, comfortable shoes, convenient clothes are recommended as you will explore different zones with different weather and temperature. Do not just bring shorts and too revealing clothes because they are not allowed at pagodas and temples here.
Read more about Do and Don’t in Vietnam.
Money: There are ATM machines available everywhere, so you do not need bring too much cash. You can withdraw cash from them with the good exchange rate. Keep lots of pence in Dong to buy small things or pay for transportation.
Personal items: Travel hair dryer, bath towel, shaving equipment, brush & tooth paste, etc. You can bring it from your home, or you can buy it from many convenient stores when you arrive in Vietnam. These things often set up in most of hotels/hostels in Vietnam. The good idea is always carry toiletries in your daypack when you have an outside day.
Electrical equipment: Smart-phone or iPad is must-have items. Internet connection and Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere (hotels, restaurants, coffee shop, etc.). Besides, in Vietnam, the voltage is 220V so you have to bring electrical adapter if your equipment uses the different voltage. Chargers and pre-charged battery is very necessary when you have a long trip.
Bring the most convenient things with you
Vietnam is beautiful in its owned way even though not yet to be a famous touristic destination in all around the world. If you are having a pretty vague concept about this country. Do not miss