Vietnam Travel FAQs

1. Do I need Visa to visit Vietnam?

Yes/ No. It depends on which nationalities you are. Read who need Visa on our Visa section for more information

2. When is the best time to travel in Vietnam?

Vietnam lies in the Southeast Asia inter-tropical monsoon zone. When one region is wet, there is always somewhere else sunny and warm. Its varied climate and landscape range from the four seasons of the mountainous north to the year round tropical temperatures of the lush south. The average temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (68- 90 degrees F).

The best time to travel in Vietnam is when there is a reduced chance of rain:
October – January ( Hanoi ),
February – April (Hue and Danang ),
December – March ( from Dalat to the Mekong Delta).

3. Is this safe to travel in Vietnam?

Vietnam is one of the safest countries for traveling. Women and independent travelers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel throughout the country. Petty theft, such as pickpockets and drive-by bag snatchers, is more rampant in Ho Chi Minh than elsewhere in the country. Visitors are advised to avoid wearing extravagant jewelry or carrying large amounts of money when walking in the streets. If you do choose to drive a motorbike or ride a bicycle, always wear a helmet.

4. What are the World Heritages in Vietnam?

1. Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Heritage (Dec. 1994)
2. Hue City – UNESCO World Heritage (Dec. 1993)
3. Hoi An - UNESCO World Heritage (Dec. 1999)
4. My Son Sanctuary – UNESCO World Heritage (Dec. 1999)
5. Phong Nha Cave – UNESCO World Heritage (Jul. 2003)

5. What to bring?

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable. Lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season.
Winter months in Hanoi and the rainy season in the central region can get cool so a sweater or light jacket will come in handy. Good walking shoes and sandals that can be easily removed are recommended especially when entering temples and people’s homes.

Outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City you will have trouble finding sunscreen, tampons, mosquito repellent, multivitamins, and prescription medicines. So make sure you got all sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.
Shirts and long pants is needed when visiting religious buildings including temple and pagoda or at formal events.

6. Do I need any vaccinations?

No vaccination is required to enter Vietnam. However visitors are advised to have up-to-date inoculations for Cholera, Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Typhoid and Tuberculosis. Malaria is prevalent in the remote mountainous regions. Please ask your doctor regarding immunizations and for the best preventative measures.

7. Do I need travel insurance?

Insurance is not included in the tour cost. Passengers are strongly advised to have full travel insurance by their own before leaving their country. Being a local handler, VnTripGuide.com will follows your every steps and assist you to insure yourself comprehensively for the full tour duration. Should there be any affects to the schedule of itinerary caused by airlines and / or local condition, VnTripGuide.com will substitute for a suitable arrangement of similar value.
Nevertheless, we are not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by clients, including those occurring outside the tour program. The clients must cover additional expenses incurred due to delays, accidents, natural disaster, political actions and unrest.

8. Which currencies and credit card are accepted in Vietnam?

The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). Although US dollars are widely accepted, you should have local currency for use in taxis and shops. It is sometimes the best currency to carry due to its easy exchange to dong. Approximately 1 USD is equal to 17,000 Dong. Traveler’s cheques can be cashed at only major banks and usually incurred a 2-5 % transaction fee.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted in almost hotels, restaurants and shops. ANZ and Vietcombank have automated teller machines (ATM) for cash advance (in VND).
*Do not accept old, faded or ripped bills (dong or dollars), as you may have trouble spending them.
Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning. In the major cities there is bureaus to change and most hotels will change US Dollars. When departing, change any Dong back to US dollars. (see working hours in Vietnam)

9. How about laundry facilities?

It is rather cheap in Vietnam and generally available wherever you go. Don’t hand in your laundry to the hotel if you stay for only one night because this service may take longer than one night, especially when the weather is wet. In the main cities of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) or Hanoi, clothes are machine dried and can be done in a day.

10. Tipping?

Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but it is anyway, highly appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal is a very small amount of money. Avoid tipping too much, as it will set a precedent for others. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped. Tipping when eating is probably the most asked question. In the large cities when dining in large hotel restaurants, if you feel the service was good you can tip around 10,000 – 20,000 Dong (around 0.80 – 1.50 USD). As you travel and eat on the roadside it is not required that you tip.

11. How much for airport tax?

International Flights: 12 USD (if from Danang, HCMC), 14 USD (if from Hanoi)
Domestic Flights: None
Children under two are exempted

12. Things to remember when traveling in Vietnam?

- Do not drink tap water.
- Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwelling and religious sites, etc.
- Leave your valuables behind before a night out on the town, or going to the beach.
- When crossing the road- especially in Ho Chi Minh City – always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly!
- Do not offer money directly to minority people – instead donate to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens
- Try and sample at least once the delicious, local street food.
- Always ask permission first before talking photograph, especially in minority areas.

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