Essential Things to Know Before Traveling to Vietnam

Vietnam, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes, is a captivating destination for travelers. Before embarking on your journey to this Southeast Asian gem, it’s crucial to be well-prepared. Here’s a comprehensive guide on the essential things to know before going to Vietnam.

Select Your Season and Region Wisely:

Vietnam experiences diverse climates throughout the year, divided into three main regions: North, Central, and South. Each region has its distinct weather patterns, so it’s essential to plan your visit accordingly. The North has four seasons, the Central region features a combination of tropical and temperate climates, while the South enjoys a tropical climate year-round. Research the weather for your desired region and time of year to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.


Ensure you have the necessary visa before arriving in Vietnam. The country has specific visa requirements, and obtaining one in advance is advisable.

You can apply for a visa for an e-visa, which is available for certain nationalities. Make sure to check the latest visa regulations and apply well in advance to avoid any last-minute complications.

Here is Government website for E-visa:

Remember that Vietnam Tour 247 can give a helping hand for Visa Application and Express Approval service.

Local Currency:

The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). While some places may accept US dollars and credit cards, it’s advisable to use the local currency for most transactions. ATMs are widely available in urban areas, allowing you to withdraw cash conveniently. Familiarize yourself with the current exchange rates and keep small denominations for local markets and transportation.

Vietnamese Dong

Sim Card:

Staying connected is essential when traveling, and getting a local SIM card is an economical way to do so. Purchase a SIM card upon arrival at the airport or from local mobile providers near your hotel. This will not only provide you with internet access but also make it easier to navigate through the country using maps and translation apps.


Vietnam boasts a unique and diverse culture deeply rooted in history. Respect for traditions and customs is crucial. When visiting temples and pagodas, dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees. Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or certain establishments. Learning a few basic Vietnamese phrases can go a long way in establishing rapport with locals and showing appreciation for their culture.

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Tipping is not a widespread practice in Vietnam, but it’s becoming more common, especially in tourist-heavy areas. While it’s not mandatory, leaving a small tip for excellent service is appreciated.

Additionally, bargaining is a common practice in markets.

Best Time to Visit:

The ideal time to visit Vietnam depends on the regions you plan to explore. Generally, the months of November to April are considered the best time to visit, offering pleasant weather across the country.

However, if you’re heading to specific regions like the Northern mountains, consider visiting during the dry season (October to April) to avoid heavy rains.

Multi-Destination Itineraries are Most Recommended:

Vietnam’s diverse landscapes and cultural experiences make it an ideal destination for multi-destination itineraries. Consider exploring the bustling streets of Hanoi, cruising through the stunning Halong Bay, wandering through the ancient town of Hoi An, experiencing the Mekong Delta and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc. Each region offers a unique flavor, ensuring a well-rounded and memorable travel experience.

Before packing your bags for Vietnam, consider these essential tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. From understanding the diverse climates to embracing local customs and preparing the necessary documents, proper planning will enhance your overall travel experience. So, get ready to explore the wonders of Vietnam with confidence and create lasting memories in this enchanting Southeast Asian destination.

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Vietnam Holiday & Beach Relax – 14 Days

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  • Experience the allure of Halong Bay with a night on a boat amidst stunning karst landscapes and fresh seafood.
  • Discover the best sights in Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi with an expert leader and enjoy free time for personal exploration.
  • Relax in peaceful rural surroundings while a private chef prepares a delicious spread using seasonal ingredients from a Hoi An garden.
  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, gaining insight into the resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people during the war.
  • Relax on tropical sandy beaches and make the most of your free time to explore the local life in Phu Quoc Island

Charming Vietnam – 12 Days

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  • Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere, flavorful local cuisine, and captivating experiences of four charming cities: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.
  • Embark on an unforgettable overnight cruise in Halong Bay, designed for small groups, featuring an engaging itinerary with activities such as a Vietnamese cooking class and exploring limestone caves.
  • Discover the historical significance of the Cu Chi tunnels and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Mekong Delta region.

Majestic Vietnam – 15 Days

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  • Indulge yourself in the typical vibes, flavoury local food, and distinctive activities of the 4 charming cities: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.
  • Have an unforgettable Halong Bay overnight cruise for small groups with an interesting itinerary, Vietnamese cooking class, limestone cave exploration, etc.
  • Learn more about the historic Cu Chi tunnels and experience the regional Mekong Delta culture

15-Day Splendour Of Vietnam And Cambodia (River Crossing)

15 day, from 1,350 USD. VIEW TOUR ⤍

Discover the Splendour of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 15-day adventure that combines cultural, natural, and historical highlights.

You will start in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where you will explore its charming Old Quarter and visit its iconic landmarks.

Then, you will cruise along the stunning Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its limestone islands and caves.

Next, you will fly to Hoi An, a charming town that preserves its ancient heritage and architecture.

From there, you will fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, where you will learn about its turbulent history and enjoy its vibrant culture. You will also venture into the Mekong Delta, the rice bowl of Vietnam, and experience its rural life and scenery. You will then cross the border to Cambodia by speed boat, and arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. You will visit its royal palace, national museum, and sobering sites of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Finally, you will travel to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent Angkor Wat, the largest and most impressive religious monument in the world. This tour will give you an unforgettable experience of the beauty, diversity, and richness of Vietnam and Cambodia.