Wherever you go, the tastes of the local culinary are what will keep lingering in your memory and urging you to come back. Hardly anywhere can you find a place filled with mouth-watering delicacies with rich flavours as in Vietnam, be it at an extravagant restaurant downtown or a small savoury food-stall at the side of the street. You can slurp away your bowl of hot 'pho' in the freezing winter and enjoy the warm sensation running through your veins; savour Hue lotus seed sweet soup to be engulfed in the light sweetness intermixing with the faint fragrance of lotus; take a mouthful of the crispy 'banh xeo' (rice crepe) levelled up by the fresh herbs and vegetables; or just simply sit by the road and sip on a creamy egg coffee while gazing at the bustling local life.
Almost all visitors are required to obtain a visa in advance to enter Vietnam. However, there are a few countries in Southest Asia, Asia and Europe which are granted a visa exemption for a stay of 14 – 30 days. If you are planning a short stay in Vietnam, it is advisable to check the latest exemption list to see whether you need a visa.
Depending on the nationality, the travellers can apply for Vietnam visa at the embassy/consulate or apply online to get Visa On Arrival or E visa. We recommend visa on arrival and evisa which are more convenient and saving time
Vietnam Visa on arrival (VOA) is valid for travellers entering Vietnam by airplane. With this type of visa, the applicants are required to get visa approval letter in advance then get stamp right at Vietnam airport.
Vietnam E visa (Electronic visa) is valid for travellers to enter Vietnam by air, land ports or seaports within 1 month, single entry only and this type of visa is available for citizens from 80 eligible countries. The E visa letter is only accepted at one entry port that you choose.
You can find out more information and apply for Vietnam visa here: https://greentoursindochina.com/visa-vietnam
Vietnam is a year-round destination. Deciding the best time to visit Vietnam greatly depends on which region you want to visit because when one part of Vietnam is rainy, there are other parts of the country that can be sunny and warm. In general, most travelers come to Vietnam from September to February.
The local Vietnamese Dong and American Dollar are both accepted in Vietnam. You can easily obtain Dong at monetary exchange services or local banks in Vietnam and avoid exchanging at airports as the rates are not as good. There are also ATMs everywhere in the main towns and cities so you can easily withdraw money. It is recommended to take US Dollars in small denominations such as $1, $5 & $10 bills which are great for tipping and entrance fees.
Credit cards are accepted by high-end restaurants, large hotels, shops and supermarkets in most of major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Danang etc, but they may not be common used at small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns so make sure to travel with enough cash when travelling outside the major cities.
ATMs can be found widely in most of the cities and tourist destinations in Vietnam, so it won't be a bigh proble for withdrawing cash. However you should prepare amount of cash to use in some rural villages and mountainous areas.
Tipping isn't compulsory in Vietnam, however it is much appreciated to offer a small tip to tour guide, drivers and restaurant staff for well provided service. The amount to tip is entirely up to you. The typical tip would be $5-10 USD for a full day driver and tour guide or 5% -10% to a restaurant bill for good service.
In general, Vietnam is a safe destination to come. The country is ranked one of the safest countries in the world for all visitors and solo travelers. Though there might be petty crimes on small-scale, it should not big problem if you keep a close eye on your bags when travelling on public transport and streets.
Yes, you can rent bike easily and ride it yourself in Vietnam. However, please remember the traffic and roads conditions may be very different to what you are used to.
Because of the different weather conditions in each region, you’ll need to bring along light cotton trousers, shorts, or tops as well as some warm clothing. If you take part in trekking activity, you will need trekking boots.
Remember to dress modestly with your knees and the tops of your shoulders covered at religious sites and take off your shoes before entering temples.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for travel in Vietnam, especially for situations like medical coverage for illness or accident, as well as other benefits such as trip interruption and unexpected trip cancellation.
The electrical outlets in Vietnam are in the 220V – 240V range so if your device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. The electrical sockets may be different from what you get used to with, so it is advisable that you take along a universal plug adaptor.
Internet access is widely available in most of the cities, tourist destinations, hotel, restauirants and cafe, etc, but it is less frequent in rural and remote regions.