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Essential Tips for Your Vietnam Journey

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Embarking on a journey to Vietnam? Unlock essential insights before you go! From visa requirements and currency tips to packing hacks and transportation guidance, this article is your key to a seamless adventure. Stay tuned for safety, health, and insider tips to make the most of your time in this captivating country.

Content Table
  1. Vietnam Tourist Visa
  2. Transportation and Travel Modes in Vietnam
  3. Weather Variations
  4. Health and medical issues
  5. Safety Awareness

1. Vietnam Tourist Visa

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Visa requirements for entering Vietnam depend on your nationality. Here is some general information about Vietnam tourist visas:

Types of tourist visas:

  • DL Visa: Visa issued to foreigners entering Vietnam at the invitation of an international travel agency based in Vietnam.
  • Electronic visa (e-visa): Visa granted online to citizens of some visa-waiver or unilateral visa countries.
  • Visa exemption: Citizens of some countries are exempt from visas when entering Vietnam for a certain period.

How to apply for a tourist visa:

  • DL Visa: Contact a licensed international travel agency in Vietnam to have them submit a visa application for you.
  • Electronic visa (e-visa): Apply online on the website of the Vietnam Immigration Department (https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt).
  • Visa exemption: Check the list of visa-waiver countries on the website of the Vietnam Immigration Department (https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt) or contact the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate in your country.

Notes:

  • Visa procedures may change over time, so please check the latest information on the website of the Vietnam Immigration Department (https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt) or contact the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate in your country.
  • You should apply for a visa before departing for Vietnam.
  • You need to prepare all required documents, including passport, photos, round-trip air tickets, proof of financial ability, travel insurance, etc.
  • Visa fees may vary depending on the type of visa and your nationality.

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2. Transportation and Travel Modes in Vietnam

When traveling in Vietnam, you’ll experience a diverse and bustling transportation environment. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

Motorbikes and Bicycles:

  • Motorbikes are a common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Large cities often have a high density of motorbikes, so be cautious when crossing the road.
  • If you’re up for it, renting a motorbike can be an exciting way to explore the local area.

Public Transportation:

  • Major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have public transportation systems with buses and subways.
  • Ride-hailing services like Grab and Uber (now Be) are popular and convenient options.

Trains and Cars:

  • Taking trains is a great way to travel between major cities. The train routes ensure safety and comfort.
  • Rental cars are available, especially when you want the freedom to move around independently.

Traffic Safety:

  • Always observe and pay attention when crossing the street, especially in crowded areas.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a motorbike and adhere to traffic rules.

Note: In our provided travel itineraries at Sun Getaways Travel, we take care of essential local transportation between destinations. You don’t need to worry about this aspect as it’s seamlessly integrated into your travel plan for a hassle-free experience.

3. Weather Variations

Chio Tan Beng

Vietnam experiences diverse climates across regions. Stay informed about the weather conditions and pack accordingly.

Northern Vietnam features a diverse climate with distinct seasons, offering unique experiences throughout the year.

Hanoi and Surrounding Areas (Halong bay, Ninh Binh…):

  • Winter (November to February): Cool and dry weather. Temperature can drop, especially in mountainous regions like Sapa
  • Spring (March to April): Mild temperatures. Blooming flowers and festivals
  • Summer (May to August): Hot and humid. Frequent rain showers
  • Autumn (September to October): Pleasant temperatures. Clear skies and comfortable weather

Sapa, Ha Giang and Mountainous Regions:

  • Cooler temperatures year-round
  • Winter can bring frost and occasional snowfall

Central Vietnam: boasts a diverse climate that varies across its cities. Cities like Da Nang experience a temperate climate, with mild temperatures throughout the year. Hoi An and Hue, on the other hand, have distinct wet and dry seasons.

Da Nang:

  • Mild temperatures year-round
  • Warm and dry from February to August
  • Wet season from September to January

Hoi An and Hue:

  • Distinct wet season from September to December
  • Dry season from January to August
  • Higher humidity levels during the wet season


Southern Vietnam: experiences a tropical climate, characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.

Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Dry season from November to April
  • Lower humidity and minimal rainfall
  • Ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing
  • Rainy season from May to October
  • Higher humidity and occasional heavy rainfall
  • Lush green landscapes

Mekong Delta:

  • Similar weather patterns to Ho Chi Minh City
  • The delta region may experience more prolonged periods of flooding during the rainy season.

4. Health and medical issues

healthcare in Vietnam

Before you travel:

  • Vaccinations: Make sure you are fully vaccinated against common infectious diseases in Vietnam such as Hepatitis A, B, Influenza, Tetanus, Japanese Encephalitis,…
  • Travel insurance: Purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against health and accident risks during your trip.
  • Prepare medications: Bring basic medications such as painkillers, fever reducers, diarrhea medication,…

While you travel:

  • Avoid mosquito bites: Use mosquito repellent and wear long-sleeved clothing to avoid mosquito bites, especially at night.
  • Traffic safety: Obey traffic laws and be careful when traveling.
  • Be careful with outdoor activities: Avoid dangerous activities such as mountain climbing, scuba diving,… if you are inexperienced or not in good health.

If you have a health problem:

  • Go to the nearest medical facility: If you have a health problem, go to the nearest medical facility for examination and treatment.
  • Contact your travel insurance: Contact your travel insurance company for assistance with medical expenses.
  • Contact your travel agent for the best support: Travel agencies with experience and knowledge of Vietnam tourism will provide you with accurate and useful information about health and medical issues.

5. Safety Awareness

Bui vien street

Stay mindful of pickpocketing, especially in bustling places.

  • In Hanoi, as well as other cities in the north and central regions, you can be more relaxed about using personal belongings like your phone. It’s generally considered safe.
  • However, in Ho Chi Minh City, you should be more careful and keep a close eye on your belongings.

In the end, Vietnam is a friendly, safe country where you’ll receive help wherever you go. Don’t fret too much about the minor issues; they pale in comparison to the experiences and landscapes this country offers you. Enjoy your journey.

Sun Getaways Travel’s prompt support for customers during their Vietnam tours

Sun Getaways Travel is committed to providing prompt support to customers throughout their Vietnam tours. We understand that the peace of mind and satisfaction of our customers are the most important factors for a successful tour.

Here are some ways Sun Getaways Travel provides prompt support to customers:

  • 24/7 support hotline/WhatsApp : Customers can contact our hotline anytime for assistance with questions, troubleshooting, and advice on tour-related issues.
  • Professional staff: We have a team of well-trained staff who are knowledgeable about Vietnam tourism and are always ready to support customers quickly and effectively.
  • Quick information processing: We use a modern information management system to process customer requests quickly and accurately.
  • Extensive network of partners: We cooperate with many reputable partners in the tourism industry to ensure timely support for customers in all situations.
  • Experienced tour guides are available to assist you whenever you need during your Vietnam trip

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Wishing you a safe, enjoyable and memorable tour!

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