What to bring when travelling to Vietnam

Before travelling, you should prepare everything carefully so that the trip could go smoothly. Some of below tips will give you an idea for what you should bring with when travelling to Vietnam.

  1. Necessary official documents

You should always bring them along in case there might be unexpected problems. Necessary official documents include: passport, visa, ID card, a copy of marriage certificate (to check-in hotel when you go with your family),…

  1. Personal items

Although there are personal items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, shampoo, comb,… they are almost one-time-used items and not good as that you buy yourself. Therefore, you should bring essential personal items.

  1. Clothes

Before travelling, you should find out necessary information about destinations you will visit so that you can prepare suitable clothes. It is advisable for you to bring stuffs depend on your trip’s purpose. For example, if you are about to go to a beach, bring a wide-brimmed hat and suncream,… If you travel to a mountainous area, a coat, a scarf and a pair of nice walking shoes will make your trip more comfortable.

  1. Medicines

To have a good health for the trip as well as a great and unforgettable tour, visitors should pack some medicines such as paracetamol, bandages, Hydrogen Peroxide,…

  1. Camera

To save the wonderful moments and beautiful sceneries in Vietnam, please bring a camera with you.

These above suggestions may help to give you an idea for what to bring with you when travelling to Vietnam.

Accommodation in Vietnam

Below are some information about accommodation in Vietnam for your reference when you visit Vietnam:

  1. Amenity

In Vietnam, most of hotels are equipped with sufficient amenities. However, when receiving the room, you should check their status. If the room lacks any necessary equipment or it is out of order, you need to inform the manager immediately.

  1. Price

The price of accommodation in Vietnam is changeable depending on season and day. In peak season, the price is usually higher than usual. Be noted that, the room rate shown on  leaflets or websites is often low, without tax and services fee.

  1. Reservations

Tourists should book a room in advance through website of hotel or travel agency to save your expense. You should take note the booking condition when making a reservation online such as room rate, deposit and cancelation fee. The earlier you make a reservation, the cheaper price you get.

  1. Guest-house or hotel?

Choosing guest-house or hotel depends on your demands and finance. Range of rooms, architecture and amenities in a hotel are often superior to those in guest-house. Therefore, the room rate is more expensive. In Vietnam, there’s much difference between a hotel and a motel. Luxury hotels are often built in big cities and high-income communities. In countryside and mountainous areas, there are just guest-houses.

Vietnam travel health advice

Before setting off on a tour, besides normal things such as passport and visa, money is not all concern but tourism experiences which are also necessary for a perfect journey. Of them, health issues when going on a tour is a really important factor that you should not miss.

  1. Before your trip, you should visit a doctor to check your health generally and consult for essential experiences of health for your tour.
  2. You also need an emergency medical kit consisting of common medicines: antibiotics, injection needle, basic first aid kit (bandages, painkillers and essential vitamins)
  3. Knowing basic first aid techniques is not only good for you but also for partners travelling with you.
  4. Be careful in eating

Cuisine is an important part in your trip. Therefore, you should eat enough and safely. Although street vendors are convenient and eye-catching, you still have to be careful. Before eating any kind of fruits, you should wash them in clean water and peel them.

  1. Engaging in regular physical activities when travelling.

To ensure that you have good health to go to your desired destinations the day after, you should not stay up too late the night before. Sleeping enough make you comfortable and ready to enjoy your trip.

  1. Searching for climate and weather in each region to prepare necessary things sufficiently. In the summer, you should bring sunscreen, sunglasses and external medicines. If you visit Vietnam in winter, warm clothes and scarves are necessary.

The most attractive tourist sites in Vietnam

Below are tourist spots preferred by most tourists when they visit Vietnam:

  1. Hanoi

Being Vietnam’s capital, the 1000-year-city with original beauty, Hanoi is a destination that travellers do not forget to visit when they have chance to be in the north of Vietnam. In Hanoi, there are Sword Lake and Turtle Tower which are considered as poetic symbol, and Old Streets where have a lot of amazing things…

  1. Ha Long Bay

Recognized as one of seven wonders in the world, Ha Long Bay has attracted a large number of tourists due to its spectacular scenery that limestone cliffs and wonderful caves. These limestone cliffs and caves has gone through 500 million years of formation in different condition and environments. Ha Long Bay comprises of more than 1600 islands in different size and most of them still have their own original wild beauty.

In Ha Long bay, there are a lot of activities that travellers could participate in such as doing research, swimming, discovering the marine life and fishing.

  1. Sapa

Sapa is well-known as a beautiful colorful picture in Northwest mountain area. From the very beginning of French colonial era, French turned Sapa into a luxurious resort for France officers. Due to western architecture, tourists could experience different moods when coming to this wild and romantic ancient city.

  1. Ha Giang

Ha Giang is located in Boreal Pole of Vietnam where the weather is cool, the atmosphere is fresh all year round and the scenery is not only stunning but also romantic. If you like backpacking, Ha Giang must be an ideal destination. Besides natural beauty spots such as Double Mountain, rocky plateau, Ha Giang is also famous for special man-made objects such as: Field of Buckwheat Flower, Dong Van ancient street, the Vuong family mansion…

  1. Hue

Hue is a cultural tourist attraction which is famous for mausoleum architecture, ancient ramparts, traditional cuisine, gentle people. After visiting Hue, tourists would understand why this land is one of the most popular topics in poetic and artistic field.

  1. Hoi An

Coming to Hoi An – UNESCO World Heritage, tourists would have opportunity to visit ancient houses, picturesque alleys, holy temples and immerse yourself into indigenous culture. You are also offered interesting traditional cultural experiences which have original local features. Especially, with unforgettable colorful tasty dishes, Hoi An cuisine makes most of tourists to remember this beautiful ancient town forever.

  1. Da Lat

Having cool climate, gorgeous scenery and romantic France architecture, Da Lat is called tourism paradise of Vietnam. Dalat also has wonderful water chutes, luxurious villas hidden in old trees…

  1. Nha Trang

Being called as Vietnam Beach Heaven, Nha Trang, with long sandy beach and endless gulf coast, is always the first choice of most travellers.

  1. Phu Quoc

Considered as the biggest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is an ideal choice for those who love a resort with glorious sunshine, white sandy coast and blue sea water in hot summer days.

  1. Ho Chi Minh City

Being one of the biggest cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (or so-called Saigon) is always crowed and bustling. Coming here, tourists would immerse themselves into the fast pace of life and meet liberal local people. Architectural buildings such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Independence Palace, are remained, restored and have become interesting tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.

  1. Provinces of Mekong Delta.

Mekong Delta is an attractive destination due to its simplicity. Visiting provinces of Mekong Delta, tourists will have valuable experiences and commune with nature.

Transportation in Vietnam

Means of transportation is the subject that most of tourists consider when travelling to Vietnam or other countries. In Vietnam, tourists can choose popular means of transportation such as plane, motorbike, car and bus.

  1. Plane

Vietnam has 9 international airports of which 3 biggest ones are: Noi Bai, Danang and Tay Son Nhat international airport.

There are 5 domestic airways: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air, Vasco and Air Mekong.

  1. Car

Taxi: In Vietnam, taxis are abundant, clean, polite and reasonably priced. Tourists can catch a taxi at any time and in anywhere.

For inter-provincial trip, coaches are common choice of many travellers. Vietnam coaches are of high quality, reasonable price and have safe, friendly service.

  1. Motorbike

This is the most popular mean of transportation in Vietnam. With a motorbike, tourists can be active in travelling.

  1. Motorbike taxi

Motorbike taxi is the mobile and friendly mean of transportation in Vietnam. You just need to wave your arms and bargain to have a trip without waiting and dealing with complicated formality.

  1. Train

Train would be the ideal choice if you want to admire lovely scenery during long journey. Nowadays, there are railways from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Lao Cai, Hai Phong, Quan Trieu, Dong Bang…

Railroad services has been improved considerably, notably travellers can book a ticket online since 1/1/2015.

  1. Bus

Bus is the safe, cheap and convenient mean of transportation, especially in big cities. You just have to pay 7.000 VND to travel to your destination or get around the city.

  1. Cyclo

Not only be an interesting mean of transportation, cyclo also has original cultural features. In Vietnam, cyclo often appears in tourism cities such as Hanoi, Saigon, Hoian, Dalat… Sitting in a cyclo, tourists can take photographs, film and watch stream of people walking and scenery without being in limited visibility due to looking through the car window.

When to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam has advantageous climate and there are both mountains and the sea which is convenient for tourists to visit. Moreover, beauty spots spreading from the North to the South have different interesting features at different time. When to visit Vietnam? It depends on your hobby and your trip’s purpose.

Autumn

To Vietnamese, autumn is the most beautiful season in the year. The weather is cool and comfortable, the scenery is stunning. Hanoi’s Autumn– the season when milkwood pines spread their fragrancy through every alleys and green sticky rice’s smell fills hands. Visiting the Northwest area, there are yellow rice terraced fields in Sapa and the white blooming cabbage field in Moc Chau. In Ha Giang, pink buckwheat flowers stretch out hillsides. Dalat is beautiful in every season but in the autumn, it has a distinct seductive beauty which can win every visitor’s heart.

Summer

If you love blue sea, white sand and bright sunshine, visiting Vietnam in the summer is the most ideal. Vietnam has a long coast stretching for 3.269 kilometer, there are many beaches recognized. You should not miss to go to these

Winter

The winter is also a wonderful time for travelling. In the North, Hanoi is shrouded in a patchy fog and taciturn scenery fascinating tourists. In the winter, Sapa is the only place that is snowy in Vietnam. Tourists come here to admire ice flakes, thin ices and feel the real winter.

Besides, sea tourism in the winter is also a tendency preferred by many tourists. In the winter, the sea is still very beautiful, romantic and the price is not as expensive as the summer. The most beautiful sea tourist areas are: Cat Ba, Ninh Chu, Mui Ne, Vung Tau, Phu Quoc…

Spring

Travelling to Vietnam in the spring is also an interesting choice. In the spring, trees’ pants come and buds appear. Therefore, everyone feels joyful and breezy. Spring is also festival season. Each region has its own festivals expressing its distinguishing characteristics. Visitors have chance to experience the beauty of culture and cuisine in the most wonderful way.

The North-West region is the most perfect destination in the spring. When the spring comes, this entire imposing region suddenly turns into a graceful girl by colorful flowers which can win everybody’s heart.

Consulting these above information may help you decide when to visit Vietnam so that you would enjoy the trip at its best.

 

How to get to Vietnam

Vietnam is a Northeast country bordering Pacific. To get to Vietnam, travelers can choose from these selections:

*Getting to Vietnam by Plane

Vietnam has 9 international airports scattered in North, Centre and South Vietnam. 3 biggest airports are Noi Bai Airport, Da Nang Airport and Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Nowadays, in Vietnam, there are 4 domestic airways and 22 international airways which have flight line to Noi Bai Airport. Some other international airlines are considering whether opening flight path to this airport.

Tan Son Nhat airport ranks first for its airport capacity and the number of passengers. There are 3 domestic airlines and 43 international airlines (5 of them are seasonal) having their flight line to Tan Son Nhat airport.

Da Nang International Airport is the biggest airport in the center of Tay Nguyen. 4 domestic and 13 international airlines have their flight line to this airport. From Da Nang, there are 9 domestic and 25 international flight paths.

*Getting to Vietnam by Car

From China, Lao or Cambodia to Vietnam, tourists can use a car. Vietnam road system was invested, which is convenient for travelling.

*Getting to Vietnam by Vessel

If you intend to take a cruise, choosing vessel is an appropriate choice. Vietnam has a harbor system running through the coast. Large harbors such as: Hai Phong, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Dung Quat has been attracted a large number of visitors each year.