Boy with a lantern in Vietnam

Traveling in Vietnam – All You Need to Know

This post was last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:26 pm


Vietnam is a country with beautiful nature. Just the coastline is already worth a visit. Add to that the bizarre green mountains, breathtaking national parks, booming cities with the world’s best kitchens, and a sparkling culture. Everything that a traveler or vacationer is looking for; Vietnam has it! The people are energetic, friendly, and open. Add the 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites and you have a country that leaves an unforgettable impression.

 

Nature or culture, from quiet beaches to bustling cities, you will find it all. In addition, Vietnam is one of the easiest countries to travel to. Due to the great developments in the country, many people speak English and transportation is well organized by Asian standards. On this page we will teach you the following about Vietnam;

 

Backpacking in Vietnam

Backpacking in Vietnam offers a lot of freedom. You can make your own schedule so that you are not tied to a schedule of an organized tour. In Vietnam, any type of traveler can indulge. Whether you are looking for the atmosphere of Hoi An, the countless beaches, the Buddhist temples, or one of the many tropical islands; it’s all possible in Vietnam!

 

The food is delicious and the transportation is super well arranged. The hostels are also generally cheap. And perhaps more important; the tickets to Vietnam are getting cheaper. In recent years it has, therefore, become even more attractive to go backpacking in Thailand.

 

TIP – More information about backpacking in Vietnam can be found on our Backpacking in Vietnam page.

 

Traveler crouching on a jetty
A man staring at the beautiful scenery of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

 

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical climate which makes it pleasantly warm throughout the year. Yet there are periods in which extra rain falls or when it is extremely dry. In general, you can divide Vietnam’s best travel time into three seasons. The high season, the mid-season and the low season.

 

In our opinion, the best months to visit Vietnam are from December to March.

 

TIP – You can read more about this on our page; Best Time to visit Vietnam.

 

Average temperature and rainfall in North Vietnam

Average temperature and rainfall in Central Vietnam

Average temperature and rainfall in South Vietnam

The average temperature and rainfall in different areas of Vietnam.

 

Managing Your Budget for Vietnam

It’s possible to get through one day for US $35 to $40. This includes; an overnight stay in hostels (private room), eating outside in normal restaurants, visiting a place of interest, and some groceries.

 

It can, of course, also get more expensive if you want to stay in more expensive hotels and want to eat in 3-star restaurants.

 

TIP – For more information about what you will spend, you can take a look at the Managing your Budget in Vietnam page.

 

Details of Vietnamese money background (Dong Currency)
Vietnamese bills (VND)

 

Vietnam Visa Requirements

Tourists from most countries need a visa to visit Vietnam. Most opt ​​for a tourist visa. There are several options for applying for a visa for Vietnam. These are as follows.

 

Apply for an e-Visa online

  • via the Vietnamese embassy
  • via a visa office in your respective country

 

The easiest way to apply for an e-Visa is to apply for a so-called e-Visa online. Easy, safe and you will receive your visa within 2-3 working days.

 

TIP – You can read more about this on our Vietnam Visa page.

 

Required Vaccinations for Vietnam

Getting sick is one of the worst things while traveling. Unfortunately, we speak from experience. If you go to Vietnam there are no compulsory vaccinations, but there are a few that are recommended such as DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio) and Hepatitis A + B. We recommend that you get these vaccinations. Don’t forget to check if your insurance (partly) covers it.

 

TIP – Read more information on our Vietnam Vaccinations page.

 

Authentic Vietnamese Food

Vietnam is known as one of the most varied and high-quality cuisines in Asia. In every area, you will find differences in the local cuisine. This is due to the many influences that Vietnamese cuisine has experienced. The food of Vietnam finds its origin in Vietnam but also has influences from France because of its history. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City you will find the most delicacies!

 

Bowl of traditional Vietnamese noodles

A delicious bowl of traditional Vietnamese noodles!

 

Just like in many other countries in Asia, the tap water in Vietnam is not suitable for drinking. You are therefore dependent on the bottles of water (nuoc suoi) that you can get anywhere. Also, watch out for ice cubes and general ice.

 

TIP – More information about delicacies and drinks can be found on the page Vietnamese Cuisine.

 

Transportation in Vietnam

Transport in Vietnam is always accompanied by mopeds. For those of us who are not great on two wheels, fortunately, there are other ways to get around. Most Vietnamese ride a moped themselves, sometimes with entire families all at once.

 

It is therefore extremely busy on the roads and they don’t have many traffic rules here. Other options for getting around are the bus, the minivan, the train, and the plane.

 

TIP – You can read more about this on our Transport in Vietnam page.

 

Open Ticket

It is possible to buy an open bus ticket in Vietnam. This allows you to travel throughout Vietnam for a certain time and stop at all known places.

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