Are you planning to travel to Vietnam but not yet understand this country well? Do you want your trip to go well and full of great experiences? First, pay attention to the following 10 points before starting your journey!
Ensure passport regulations
This is a very important thing that visitors should know before their trip. Following the entry and exit rules, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon your arrival in Vietnam. Vietnamese customs officials will check seriously and severely and your trip may be delayed if this condition is not guaranteed.
So no matter whether you travel to Vietnam through travel agencies or by yourself, you need to learn the rules regarding passports and immigration – entry into this country. It will be frustrating if the trip that promises to be interesting is suddenly delayed, because you have to wait longer to redo your passport.
- Apply for a tourist visa in Vietnam
After ensuring that your passport is eligible to come to Vietnam, you can send it to the Vietnam Embassy in your country to apply for a Vietnam visa. The time to complete and respond to the visa will be approximately 1 month. You can also request a visa approval letter before the trip and request an entry visa once you have arrived.
To better understand these rules, to have a great trip, to avoid taking too long for the identification papers procedure, we recommend that you look for a reputable companion instead of traveling independently. They will offer you tourist packages in Vietnam at affordable prices. Their guides will always be dedicated to advising you, even if it is your passport, your visa, your meal, your rest during the trip and you will not have to worry about anything.
Prepare the appropriate luggage
Vietnam is a country with tropical monsoon climate. The weather is generally divided into two distinct seasons – rain season (beginning in late April and early May to November each year) and the dry season (late November to mid-April next year).
Consequently, when you decide to travel to Vietnam, the first thing to do is to understand the weather, then determine when you will arrive in this country. This will help you to have a good and complete luggage preparation.
For example, if you come to Vietnam on a hot summer day, don’t forget to bring a coat, sunglasses or high-necked shoes so that the sun won’t influence badly to your trip. However, with the female tourists, you should also put in your luggage the maxi dress or the swimsuit to go to the beach, or to the swimming pool!
And if your Vietnam tour falls during the cold rain season, hats and sweaters will be your “essential” companions. If you want to go to Sapa or some parts of the North, you have to prepare to withstand the cold, because sometimes the temperature can drop below 0 degrees C. And of course, this advice is for those who are not used to the cold. For travelers who live in countries where the temperature is often negative, this cold will be completely normal.
Besides the weather factors, the luggage you bring includes what also depends on the time of the trip, the destination, as well as many other problems, etc. So these are just some of the most basic tips for your reference and comment.
The money used in Vietnam
Of course, it’s VND! You will find it difficult to buy an item or pay for a dish you like when you are holding dollars or the types of money only in circulation in your country.
As a result, enlist the help of a guide (if you are traveling on a tour) or find the nearest bank (if you are self-sufficient) to change Vietnamese currency when you first arrive in this country.
Today, one American dollar (USD) is equivalent to around 23,000VND. In many banking systems, visitors can consult with dedicated support staff to convert money quickly.
Then you need to understand the value of each type of invoice from where they are distributed. In other words, you have to understand the value of each paper of Vietnamese currency to avoid paying more when buying goods.
It is also a sad situation that the Vietnamese tourism market cannot be denied. Taking advantage of the generosity and innocence of tourists in price, many sellers often put an “unimaginable” price on product.
How to contact friends, relatives
When you arrive at the airport, you should buy a SIM card immediately and put your phone on. This will make it easier for you to contact close ones who live in this country and seek their support if necessary. In addition, if you choose a SIM card that supports 3G and 4G, you can easily use the Internet, video call to your close ones in your hometown anytime and anywhere you find to update your journey.
Communicating in Vietnam
The common language used by Vietnamese in communication is Vietnamese. In addition, English is included in the formal education program in this country. Therefore, if you do not know Vietnamese, you can use English to ask directions or to buy things, choose the dish, etc.
However, you must remember that not every Vietnamese speaks English. So if after a few minutes of conversation with a Vietnamese and you do not receive any response, say thanks and goodbye, because they won’t be able to understand and help you.
Depending on the environment, you can also use your “mother language” to communicate. It is obvious that you can meet your compatriots or that you come to places with services for your country in Vietnam.
How to get around in Vietnam
When you arrive in Vietnam for the first time, you might be surprised, as many streets here (especially in big cities) gather too many people with lots of vehicles: motorcycles, cars, buses and even large trucks which can sometimes make you surprised by its noise,… and scared of passing the streets,… You’ll feel like “Oh, how to pass the streets when you can’t understand how people drive , will they let you pass or not?”
No problem! Stay calm, look for intersections with traffic lights. When the lights turn green, you can cross the street without worry. If there is no traffic light at your current location, look for sidewalks or crosswalks and use your hands to signal vehicles that you want to cross the road. However, you still have to walk and watch carefully. Safety always has to come first.
To move to different places, you can use:
- Public buses with very cheap ticket – for example, in HCM city only 7,000 VND / bus ticket.
- Taxi: you only need to wave or call the switchboard telephone number printed on many taxis from here, and there you’ll have a taxi easily
- Moto taxi by technological applications: travel services by motorcycle, by car in 4 or 7 places are also developing in Vietnam. If you can’t find a motorcycle taxi in your area, try using Google to search and download the tech app like Grab, Bee or Goviet to experience their services.
- Train, plane, tourist bus: if you want to go to other famous tourist destinations of Vietnam, you can book a tourist bus, train or plane ticket. You can also ask the support staff at the counter if you do not know the route.
The final note is that whichever way you choose to travel, you must ask for the price in advance and you must take it into account before leaving. The problem of the bad taxi or bad motorbike with unbelievable prices has been problems that many tourists are afraid of coming to Vietnam.
And of course, these problems will only take place if you will be doing the trip independently. If you travel by tours of a reputable agency with their support, everything will be in their responsibility.
Place to stay when traveling to Vietnam
If you do not have relatives and friends in Vietnam and you do not choose to travel with an agency as well, you should seek and contact places to stay in advance to have a good place to stay in the days here.
More specifically, if you come to the bustling cities, it will not be difficult to find a comfortable and safe hotel. However, it can be a little difficult to find a place to stay in the holidays. On vacation occasions, rooms are often scarce, so to have a place to stay in this case, you must contact the place of stay you choose to book the room before starting your trip.
And if you want to get closer to the Vietnamese culture in a rural area of Western Vietnam, you don’t have to go to the hotel, you can ask the rural locals here to stay a few days with a family, as a family member (it’s called “Homestay”). Vietnamese people – especially the people of Western Vietnam are really famous for their friendliness and hospitality, so it’s not difficult to find the perfect place to stay by this way.
If you want a relaxing trip, find and choose beautiful resorts to be able to relax and enjoy every moment of your trip. And of course, the price of meals, accommodation and resorts will always be higher than in other places.
In short, depending on your needs and budget, you can choose from many types of accommodation during your Vietnam tours
What to eat when coming to Vietnam
Vietnamese cuisine is extremely varied and rich, with hundreds or thousands of delicious dishes from the North, Center and South. Each place has its own characteristics that cannot be found in any other place.
Therefore, when making your Vietnam tours, do not worry about what you will eat and have enough to “fill” your stomach or not! No worries, be relaxed and slowly enjoy the delights of this S-shaped country.
A secret for a good trip to Vietnam: To fully savor Vietnamese cuisine, you can experience rustic restaurants located by the roads; at popular noodle or rice shops, or at restaurants or on pleasure boats,… Each way of enjoying dishes will bring you different feelings, but in the end, they always harmonize and create a very unique Vietnamese culture.
Be careful with your luggage
The last thing, and also very important, that we want to remind you is to be careful of your luggage, your money, your phones or your jewelry when coming to Vietnam. The crime of theft from here is a difficult problem for which the authorities still have “headaches” because there is no way to solve this problem thoroughly.
Therefore, carry your luggage, wallets or phones,… with care, do not show them when you are traveling on the road. If you choose a bus as a means of transport, watch out for “pickpockets”. They can “grab” your valuables in less than 30 seconds and you know nothing.
Through the above sharing, we hope that readers will gain useful experiences before taking a Vietnam tour. The S-shaped country with so many beautiful landscapes and special characteristics in terms of culture, cuisine and people, which will bring you interesting experiences, that you should never ignore in your trip. So, if you don’t want to worry about the 10 things mentioned above, book a tour with:
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