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Vietnam Travel Tips

Vietnam travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

When to travel Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia
Submitted by M11233
Best time to travel: March - October - November - December
Shoulder time to travel: January & February
Time to save cost: May - June - July - August - September (Rice Terrace)
Year around for beach holiday in South of Vietnam including Danang, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc island, Con Dao island
Climate in Vietnam
The North from Hanoi to Hue: Winter lasts from November to April with temperatures averaging 16 - 26 degree selsius but with little rainfall. Summer begins in May and lasts until October with ... view more temperatures up to 38 degree selsius and heavy rainfall with the occasional typhoon from May to Mid of September

The South from Danang to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon): Temperatures are fairly constant through the year; 30 - 35 degree selsius. Seasons is determined by the rain – the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. Typhoons are common in coastal areas between Sep to Nov

The Highland: In the hill resorts of Delta (1,500m) , Buon Ma Thuot and Sapa, nights are cool throughout the year and in the winter months from October to March it can be distinctly chilly with temperatures falling to 4 degree selsius

Saving Pockets on Halong Black Pearl Junk
Submitted by M20257
Halong Black Pearl Junk consist of 9 traditional wooden junk boats with Air-conditioners offering daily and overnight on boat cruise to visit Halong bay Vietnam. We do not only sell daily joining group seats for tourists but also for lease private Junks. If you and group would like to have private junks, please choose one of our junks below and tell us your itinerary, we will make up good price for you with high quality of our services.
Sights of interest in Vietnam
Submitted by M19288
We high-recommend Some Top Places to See in Vietnam (Never Miss):

- Hanoi: located in the Red River Delta has many ancient architectural works some of the more famous are the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum,water puppet

- Halong Bay: is located in the Gulf of Tonkin and consists of a dense cluster of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands.

- Sapa: situated among the greenery of the high Tonkinese Alps is one of the most ... view more enchanting of the Vietnam popular destinations.

- Hue: is located in the central part of Vietnam 660 km from Ha Noi. Some of the interesting architectural sites include the Citadel which is in the centre of the historic city on the north side of the river, temples, pagodas and monuments.

- Cu Chi tunnels: there is an immense network of connecting underground tunnels which are in fact part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.

- Hoian: is an ancient town which lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River south of Danang. All the houses here have tile-roofs and narrow streets and a distinct Chinese atmosphere.

- Nha Trang: is one of Vietnam's most popular seaside resorts, the reason being the seemingly endless empty beaches, coral reefs abundant islands and deserted bays.

- Ho Chi Minh City: (Saigon) is the best place for visiting the wonderful Mekong Delta where life revolves around the river where many people live on the water and depend on the water for fish and rice.

There is much much more to delightful Vietnam than I had have written here but hopefully there is enough for you to find something that interests and inspiration you.

Bicycle Spare Parts To Pack
Submitted by M07701
When traveling with your bike it's important not to overlook packing spare parts! We recommend packing the following, for all bikes:
- Spare derailleur hanger,
- Brake pads - at least one set,
- Spare brake cable,
- Spare spokes - two of each size on your bike,
- Chain lubricant,
- Spare tubes - at least two,
- Spare tyre - Kevlar beads can help reduce the space required compared to standard steel beads.
- Tyre levers,
- Patch kit,
- Pump,
- Bicycle Multi-tool.

For Mountain Bikes:
- Shock pump,
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- Brake pads - an additional spare set (minimum two spare sets all together).

Optional Additional Parts: Spare derailleur jockey wheels.

Things not to miss in Vietnam
Submitted by M18563
Things not to miss:
- Sleeping out on deck on a boat in Halong Bay.
- Ordering custom – made clothes from the local tailor shop.
- Taking a slow cyclo ride through the French Quarter of old Saigon.
- Eat “pho ga” (chicken noodle soup) at a street – side noodle stall.
- Watch the traditional water – puppet performance in Hanoi.
- Experience the Full – Moon festivities in the ancient town of Hoi An.
- Drink rice – wine in the minority villages of the north.
- Take a boat along Hue’s Perfume ... view more River, taking in the Royal Mausoleums.
- Overnight in a home-stay in the Mekong Delta’s riverside orchards.
- Barter for a bargain at Saigon’s largest market, Ben Thanh.
- Take a stroll through Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter.

Things to do in Vietnam
Submitted by M18563
Things to remember:
- It’s in your best interests not to drink the tap water, especially after flooding!
- Avoid cyclo rides after dark.
- Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings 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 HCMC – always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly!
- Don’t offer money directly to minority people – instead donate to a local charity ... view more or offer a small gift, such as pens.
- However frustrated, don’t loose your temper (“loosing face”), as it won’t get you very far!
- By all means, sample the delicious street food but for hygiene’s sake only at venues that are busy with a big turnover.
- Always ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.
- Arrange for medical insurance (including the provision for emergency evacuation) prior to their departure, as there is no free medical treatment available in Vietnam and the standard of local health facilities is below international standards.
- Keep your entry/exit form (yellow form from airport) as it must be returned upon departure. Lost forms may result in fines or other inconveniences.
- International departure tax is US$ 14. Domestic departure tax is included in the ticket. Children under two are exempt.

Visa to Vietnam
Submitted by M11233
Please check here if you need visa to Vietnam or not?

Vietnamese people that hold foreign passports and foreigners who are their husbands, wives and children are exempt from visa requirements to enter Viet Nam and are allowed to stay for not more than 90 days. In order to be granted visa exemption certificates at Vietnamese representative offices abroad, overseas Vietnamese need conditions:

Foreign-issued permanent residence certificate (PRC) with the validity of at least six months since the date of ... view more entrance.
Visa exemption paper (VEP) is granted by Vietnamese appropriate authorities.
Foreigners or Vietnamese holding foreign passports are exempt from visas to enter and stay in Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province) for not more than 30 days.

Visa exemption for 14 days
Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland holding different kinds of passports; citizens of Japan, South Korea and Russia holding ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for not more than 15 days.
Unilateral visa exemption for Vietnames citizens

The republic of Panama is exempt from visa requirements with tourism purpose for Vietnamese citizens holding ordinary passports.