A small but beautiful country in SouthEast Asia – Vietnam is a dreamland you should visit at least once in your life. It’s where all charming natural scenes combined, from foggy Sapa city, adventurous mountainous areas in the North to crystal and white sand beaches in the Central and the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city.
Vietnamese cuisine is also a tick to save in your bucket-list. Now let’s check out some Vietnam travel information to confirm the above points.
How to travel to Vietnam?
There are several ways to travel to Vietnam, depending on where you depart from.
Airports are across the country, in which Noi Bai, Da Nang, and Tan Son Nhat are the most common. Flights from Europe, North America, and South America are always available, but mostly you have to transit or transfer in at least 1 location.
Domestic carriers offer flights within the country; therefore, you can fly to other cities without hassle.
Moving from China to Vietnam by train is an exciting experience, too. You can buy a ticket and start from Beijing to Hanoi, then continue the journey to southern provinces on Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Railway. It will take a lot of time, but if you are on a budget travel, this can be a perfect choice.
Backpackers who go on tour through Asia usually take a bus from Laos to Hanoi and from Cambodia or Thailand to Ho Chi Minh. This way costs less than others but spends a longer time.
Best time to travel to Vietnam
Although there is no certain & perfect time to visit the country, the period from January to April is preferred the most. Weather can still get cold in January in northern Vietnam while the rest of the country is warm and dry.
May to July is the time you are not recommended for a trip to Vietnam because all regions are too hot to go out.
Tips of Vietnam travel
Banh mi (bread) is a must-try specialty that you can find at every street corner. It’s Vietnamese’s favorite breakfast, yet you can buy it at any time of the day.
Don’t underestimate street food in Vietnam. Food is sold on pavements with some plastic low chairs only. However, you can never imagine those outlets are 30-40 years old and it’s not strange to see a long line of guests queuing up to be served.
Always take your shoes off, wear a sleeved shirt/T-shirt and over-the-knees trousers when you enter temples or pagodas.
Vietnam is generally safe, but you should still watch out for your belongings. Don’t bring valuable things and wear jewelry. If you wear a backpack, keep it in front of your body all the time.
Don’t forget to ask the price before getting on a tricycle or taxi without counter. You should also try bargaining when buying things, especially in tourist areas.
Good travel agency
You should be aware of counterfeit travel agencies which often work in the main cities. A careful search on travel websites or Facebook is necessary before you book tours with any agencies. Vietnam Discovery is a well-known one that is worth considering since they offer dedicated consultancy and high-quality services. Moreover, in case you need an entry visa to Vietnam, you can contact them, too.