When is the best time to travel in Vietnam?
Vietnam lies in the Southeast Asia inter-tropical monsoon zone. When
one region is wet, there is always somewhere else sunny and warm.
Its varied climate and landscape range from the four seasons of the
mountainous north to the year round tropical temperatures of the lush
south. The average temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius
(68- 90 degrees F).
The best time to travel in Vietnam is when there is a reduced chance
October - January ( Hanoi ),
February - April (Hue and Danang ),
December - March ( from Dalat to the Mekong Delta).
Is this safe to travel in Vietnam?
Vietnam is one of the safest countries for traveling. Women and independent
travelers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel
throughout the country. Petty theft, such as pickpockets and drive-by
bag snatchers, is more rampant in Ho Chi Minh than elsewhere in the
country. Visitors are advised to avoid wearing extravagant jewelry
or carrying large amounts of money when walking in the streets. If
you do choose to drive a motorbike or ride a bicycle, always wear
How to apply Vietnam entry visa?
All visitors must obtain Vietnam visa prior to entry. However, Thailand,
Filipino, Malaysia Nationalities are not required visa and allow to
stay in Vietnam for 1 month.
Vietnam Visa on arrivalFor those travelers who live at the
countries where Vietnam Embassies or Consulates do not exist or who
do not have time to apply visa at the Vietnam Embassies, you may obtain
Vietnam visa upon arrival at the Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi airport, but
letter of invitation is required to guarantee your visa stamp on arrival.
If you book one of our tours, Traveltourvietnam.com is able to arrange letter
of invitation at cost of US$20/person as services fee and assistance
at the airport (US$25 visa stamp fee for single entry excluded).
To prepare the letter, we need your personal information as mentioned
below for only 1 working days. Once letter is ready we will e-mail or
fax it to you. Upon check-in at the airport for International flight
to Vietnam, please enclose the letter with your passport so that they
will allow you to check-in.
The visa on arrival procedures:
After receiving the payment, your information will be sent to
the Immigration office for approval letter request.
The approval letter will be issued within 1 day or 3days working
depending on normal or urgent request
3- Then it will be scan and send you via e-mail. You need to
print it out and take it with you when traveling to Vietnam. To
please prepare one photo 3x4cm in advance as it will be used
for your visa at the airport.
4- Upon your arrival, just show the visa approval letter to
Immigration desk at the airport to have visa issued.
-The service fee is US$28/visa for urgent process (within only
1 working day).
-In addition, you will pay US$25/visa as stamping fee directly
to Immigration desk at the time of getting visa at the airport
- By credit card: Please open the credit card form in the
attached file, kindly fill all requested bank with
your signature and copy of both sides of credit card then fax(
or scan and send it to us via email) to our office in Ho
Chi Minh (Saigon )
City at ++84 5113 987391
- By bank transfer: please refer to the credit card form for our
bank account. Noted, in this case, transaction fee should be
paid by client.
Here with are the needed details to prepare the letter:
- Passport number
- Full name as per passport
- Full address as per passport
- Date of birth
- Validity of passport (at least 06 months)
- Date of arrival
- Flight number
(Please bring 01 Passport photo (3x4) for visa stamp on arrival)
What to bring?
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton
is most suitable. Lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy
Winter months in Hanoi and the rainy season in the central region
can get cool so a sweater or light jacket will come in handy. Good
walking shoes and sandals that can be easily removed are recommended
especially when entering temples and people's homes.
Outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City you will have trouble finding
sunscreen, tampons, mosquito repellent, multivitamins, and prescription
medicines. So make sure you got all sunglasses, sunscreen, insect
repellent, personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.
Shirts and long pants is needed when visiting religious buildings
including temple and pagoda or at formal events.
Do I need any vaccinations?
No vaccination is required to enter Vietnam. However visitors are
advised to have up-to-date inoculations for Cholera, Hepatitis A
and B, Malaria, Typhoid and Tuberculosis. Malaria is prevalent in
the remote mountainous regions. Please ask your doctor regarding
immunizations and for the best preventative measures.
Do I need travel insurance?
Insurance is not included in the tour cost. Passengers are strongly
advised to have full travel insurance by their own before leaving
their country. Being a local handler, VietnamTrip.com will follows
your every steps and assist you to insure yourself comprehensively
for the full tour duration. Should there be any affects to the schedule
of itinerary caused by airlines and / or local condition,
www.VietnamTravelHome.com will substitute for a suitable arrangement of similar value.
Nevertheless, we are not responsible for any loss, injury or damage
sustained by clients, including those occurring outside the tour
program. The clients must cover additional expenses incurred due
to delays, accidents, natural disaster, political actions and unrest.
Which currencies and credit card are accepted
The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). Although US
dollars are widely accepted, you should have local currency for
use in taxis and shops. It is sometimes the best currency to carry
due to its easy exchange to dong. Approximately 1 USD is equal to
16,200 Dong. Traveler's cheques can be cashed at only major banks
and usually incurred a 2-5 % transaction fee.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted in almost hotels, restaurants
and shops. ANZ and Vietcombank have automated teller machines (ATM)
for cash advance (in VND).
*Do not accept old, faded or ripped bills (dong or dollars), as
you may have trouble spending them.
Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning.
In the major cities there is bureaus de change and most hotels will
change US Dollars. When departing, change any Dong back to US dollars.
How about laundry facilities?
It is rather cheap in Vietnam and generally available wherever you
go. Don't hand in your laundry to the hotel if you stay for only
one night because this service may take longer than one night, especially
when the weather is wet. In the main cities of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)
or Hanoi, clothes are machine dried and can be done in a day.
Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but it is anyway, highly appreciated.
A 5-10% tip for a meal is a very small amount of money. Avoid tipping
too much, as it will set a precedent for others. It is customary,
though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end
of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped. Tipping
when eating is probably the most asked question. In the large cities
when dining in large hotel restaurants, if you feel the service
was good you can tip around 10,000 - 20,000 Dong (around 0.80 -
1.50 USD). As you travel and eat on the roadside it is not required
that you tip.
How much for airport tax?
International Flights: 12 USD , Danang, HCMC 15 USD , 14 USD
Domestic Flights: None
Children under two are exempted.
Things to remember when traveling in Vietnam?
- Do not drink tap water.
- Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwelling
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!
- Do not offer money directly to minority people - instead donate
to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens
- Try and sample at least once the delicious, local street food.
- Always ask permission first before talking photograph, especially
in minority areas.
VIETNAM TOUR PACKAGES
When are the departure dates of tour packages?
Our tour packages are based on private tour arrangements only for
your party with private air-conditioning car and English or your
request Speaking Guide. It means that tours are daily departure and you
are able to fix your own departure date. Tour guide with other languages
are on requested with additional supplement, please contact our
What are included and exclude in tour package
Our package tour prices INCLUDE:
- Accommodation on a twin share basis with daily breakfast
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated within the itinerary
- All mean of transport (private air-conditioning car and domestic
flights) as indicated within the itinerary
- Arrival & Departure airport transfers
- Admission fees and permits during guided excursions as indicated
within the itinerary
Our package tour prices EXCLUDE:
- International Airfares
- International Airport tax
- Meals and drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as Bar, Laundry & Telephone bills
- Admission fees and permits during free time
- Tips and gratuities
- Entry visa fee
Can you also arrange International air-ticket?
We are able to arrange special airfare from all destiantions to Vietnam,
please feel free to contact us or you may visit our website at www.traveltourvietnam.com
What are the hotels like?
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offer the best selection of hotels ranging
from mini-hotels to deluxe properties. Beach resorts located along
the coastline are relatively new, offering comfort in a private
relaxed setting. In the outlying areas, accommodation normally ranges
from class 2 to 3. Most hotels have private bath/shower, AC, mini-bar,
safe box, and a television. We try to provide our clients with the
most updated information on accommodation since hotels are constantly
under renovation and new properties are continually being developed.
Who is my guide?
We consider tour guide as the most important to our operation. All
of our tour guide are carefully selected and trained. They are open-minded,
well-educated and enthusiastic young people who can provide the
traveler with first-hand knowledge of Vietnamese culture and history.
They are also curious about foreign cultures and are eager to engage
in a cultural exchange with visitors. Our guides speak English,
French and Germanï¿½etc..
We have guides in the three major regions of the country (Hanoi,
Danang/Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City); who have specialized knowledge
of their respective cities and surroundings. Upon arrival at the
airport, a local guide will meet you and be your escort for the
duration of your stay in that particular city. However, you have
the option or hiring a national guide who will accompany you through
your entire journey.
What is the transportation like?
We used all air-condition vehicle operated by experienced and skillful
drivers during your tour. For more adventurous tours, four-wheel
drive vehicles will be used.
Most of the big cities in Vietnam are linked by domestic flights.
The three international airports are in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city
At present, all domestic flights use the following aircraft: the
Airbus320, the Boeing767, the Focker 70 and the ATR 72. For International
flights, 02 Brand-new Boeing 777 airplanes have recently operated.
Departure tax for international flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city
and Danang is 14USD, 12USD and 10USD respectively.
Overnight sleeper trains used on our package tour are the most comfortable
available although they can not be compared to European standards.
Travel by train is a leisure trip through the countryside, giving
you the opportunity to see the country and its people in a much
more relaxed and direct atmosphere. Your tour price is quoted based
on Soft sleeper berth on overnight train. In case we are unable
to get soft sleeper due to circumstances beyond our control, we
will secure the best available class and revised your price.
Do the 'mini-vans' have seat belts? What sort
of vehicles are they?
Minivan we used in Vietnam is 16-seater Mercedes Van, 16-seater
Ford Transit or 15-seater Toyota. All these kinds of van have seat
belt for driver and the seats in the fist line only. However, traffic
in Vietnam is generally safe. We can also arrange 07 seat car Toyota
Zace or Mitsumishi Jolie which are equipped seat belt for 02 first