Vietnam: All You Need To Know Before Traveling

September 9, 2019

Today Vietnam is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia. A country that offers extraordinary experience and shows us that even after very difficult times, it is possible to rise differently. You cannot deny that the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Vietnam is war. Over the years we have received this picture through films, documentaries, and TV shows.

The recent history of Vietnam is still very clear in our minds, but what many people do not know is that this country is changing rapidly and today is awakened from the twinkle in the eyes of travelers from all over the world. If this is your first Vietnam tour, it is recommended to get your guide online.

Maybe because it has a beautiful view, maybe because it is a cheap country, maybe because it has cheerful and friendly people, or maybe because it offers us all this that Vietnam is increasingly becoming one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia.

My plans to return to Vietnam are still written, on my dream trip to Laos and Vietnam — I hope to realize that dream soon. Good, but now I want to gather basic information for those of you who are planning a trip to Vietnam and are somewhat lost. I hope this helps:

How to get to Vietnam?

If there are no direct flights to Vietnam, that is no problem, because Thailand is certainly part of your itinerary and almost every flight has a connection to Bangkok. Flights there are usually not very expensive, because there are several low-cost airlines. The country’s main airports are Hanoi, the capital in the north of the country, Ho Chi Minh in the south, and also Haiphong, which is not so far from Hanoi and sometimes has cheap flights.

Arrived in Vietnam by bus or train?

You can travel to Vietnam by bus or train, which is cheaper than a plane, but for that you need more time, because the journey is long, and beware of border punches.

How do you get a Vietnam Visa?

When I commented, yes, you need to get a visa to enter Vietnam. For those who will be traveling by plane, the process is much simpler than those who will arrive in the country by land. If you decide to enter the country by land or already want to go there with a guaranteed visa, today it is possible to take a visa still in our country.

What currency will be brought to Vietnam?

The Vietnamese currency is called Dong and depending on what you do in the country you will need it. Just so you know, 1 US dollar is around 22,816 dong — yes, their currency is overvalued. Some major places in the country, hotels, restaurants, and even taxi drivers accept US dollars, but not all. So, it is interesting that you change a little money as soon as you get there, just to be safe.

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?

As in other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is also experiencing a monsoon effect: the rainy season. The following is a post explaining the rainy season in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam the effect of monsoon is very strong, so it is not advisable to travel there during this period. Generally, the rainy season in this country runs from May to October and the hurricane season runs from July to November. From the end of November to February it is the dry season, which is winter. The best time to visit Vietnam is between March and April.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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