Vietnam is home to some of the most unique scenery and landscapes in the world. From the limestone cliff formations in Ha Long Bay to the vast rice fields in Sapa to the coastal town of Hoi An. The variety of scenery will certainly leave you impressed. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, this is everything you need to know.
Tourist Visas for Vietnam
You MUST apply for a visa to Vietnam before departure. You will not be allowed onto your flight without a Visa Approval Letter. Some countries, including the UK, are exempt, but for most people, a visa approval letter is required.
Option 1: It is recommended to apply at least 2 working days before your flight. The cost of the visa approval letter is $15USD, then you have to pay an additional $25USD (government stamping fee) upon arrival to Vietnam. You will need to take a passport photos with you. If you forget you can get them at the airport for $5USD.
If you forget to apply for your Visa Approval Letter, you can still get one last minute. But it can cost up to $200 USD per person so make sure you do it in advance.
If you are planning to stay longer than 30 days or require multiple entries, you’ll need to apply for a visa directly from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.
Option 2: Or you just contact with us, we will help you with Visa arrangement.
Weather in Vietnam
There is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities.
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country’s length. At times there has been snow in the mountainous far north whilst the beaches in the south enjoyed 32 °C and sunshine.
The weather is very different across the three regions of Vietnam.
North Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Sa Pa and Ha Giang. In the North, May to October is hot and humid with high rainfall and November to April is cooler and dry.
Central Vietnam – Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang. Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January to August when temperatures can hit the mid-30°C’s; whilst high levels of rainfall can occur in September, October & November.
South Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai. Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.
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Phone and internet in Vietnam
You can purchase a sim card from major airports upon arrival. Expect to pay around $10USD for a sim card with unlimited data. Many other places across the country sell sim cards. Ensure the sim card is working before you leave the vendor.
Travel Insurance in Vietnam
Travel insurance is a necessity. We can arrange it for you.
Currency exchange in Vietnam
You can use the Money Converter website to find out current exchange rates.
In Vietnam, the currency is Vietnamese dong and USD.
Almost every place accepts USD, so if this is the currency you are travelling with, you won’t need to worry about getting it exchanged.
I recommend having some Vietnamese dong or USD on hand for your arrival.
When choosing to use ATMs in Vietnam, it is recommended to look into any associated fees and charges so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
Accommodation in Vietnam
There are ample options for accommodation in Vietnam, ranging from guest houses, bed and breakfasts, Airbnb, hotels and luxury resorts. In Vietnam, you will get great value for money. Booking in advance isn’t essential as there are so many options.
Let us arrange your accommodation with best fit to your trip.
Flights to Vietnam
The major airports in Vietnam are Hanoi airport and Ho Chi Minh airport. If you are flying internationally, you will likely land in one of these airports.
The airport you choose to arrive to in Vietnam will depend on the route you choose.
If you plan to travel to the North of Vietnam – Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba and Sa Pa, you will fly into Hanoi Airport.
If you plan to travel the South, Hoi An, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc & Con Dao you will fly into Ho Chi Minh Airport.
Transport in Vietnam
When travelling across Vietnam, transport options include flights, bus rides, trains and motorbike.
If you are short on time, there are over 20 airports in Vietnam that you fly in and out of. Flights are frequent and generally cheap if booked in advance. The main domestic carriers are Vietnam Airlinesand VietJet Air.
If you are on a budget and want more of a local experience, you may choose to get around the country by train or bus.