Touring in Vietnam: 6 important things to consider before traveling
Touring in Vietnam always gives travelers amazing experiences as they get to discover the unique culture, fantastic natural wonders and meet up with friendly locals. Whether you’re a history buff, adventure lover, foodie or photography addict, Vietnam always has what it takes to satisfy the needs of every traveler. However, before going on a trip to Vietnam, there are 6 important reminders for you to take notes.
Decide how long you want to travel
The length of your trip will directly affect your travel experience. That’s why you should think carefully about how long you want the trip to be. Most travelers would spend the average of 7 to 14 days in Vietnam. This trip length allows you to discover almost every famous attraction of Vietnam’s three main regions: the North, Centre and South. You can tour around Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City or the Mekong Delta.
Another option is to go for a multiple country tour and visit other Southeast Asian countries beside Vietnam, such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand or Myanmar. If you have more time at hand, such as 20 to 30 days, consider taking on a grand tour to visit the entire peninsula area.
Make your own budget plan before touring in Vietnam
The international flights usually take up the highest percentage of most Vietnam tours. Nowadays, there are many airlines and ticket booking platforms for you to choose from. Be sure to make a thorough comparison before making flight reservations. Don’t forget that Sao La Tours’ consultants can help you get the best deal at any time.
You won’t have to worry too much about the domestic flights in Vietnam, as they’re very budget-friendly. If you travel during the off-peak seasons, a one-way flight ticket for economy class only costs around $80 - $90.
Type of travel experience
You can save a significant amount of money if you travel in a group. The more people there are in your group, the cheaper your travel cost will be.
For accommodation rates, it varies guesthouses to luxury hotels or resorts. You can get a room in a decent guest house for only $10. A hotel with a comfortable room may cost around $50-$100 per room. If you want to look for more high-end hotels, expect to pay $150-$200 per room.
The street foods in Vietnam are amazingly cheap, with just $1-$2 you can still have delicious and nutritious dishes. Travelers can also opt for fancy meals at luxury restaurants for only $25-$45 per meal.
Choose your favorite destinations
Whichever destination you choose to visit in Vietnam, you always have to start either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. These are also the biggest cities of the country, that’s why it’s recommended that you spend a day or two on a city tour to discover the highlights of Hanoi and HCMC. Other bucket-list destinations for travelers in Vietnam are Halong Bay, Hoi An, the Mekong Delta, Sapa, Dalat, Phu Quoc, Danang etc…
Decide when you’re touring in Vietnam
You can visit Vietnam at any time throughout the year. Nevertheless, the months between December and March are considered the most ideal period of time as the weather is dry and relatively pleasant anywhere in the country. If you want to avoid tourist crowds, it’s advisable to go on a Vietnam tour March to October.
On the other hand, you may want to avoid traveling to central Vietnam during October and northern Vietnam in July and August. These are the times when the North and Centre of the country are likely to be battered with typhoons.
Consult Vietnam visa exemption list
There are more than 20 visa-free countries according to the visa policy of the Vietnamese Government, among which France, Germany or the UK. In case your country is not on the Vietnam visa exemption list, you can easily apply for an E-visa online, which only costs $25 per one 30-day entry. Remember that you also need to ask for the Visa Approval Letter to receive a visa the Vietnamese Embassy or on your arrival in Vietnam.
Choose your means of transportation
By all means, traveling by plane is the most convenient and cheapest way to get to Vietnam. If you're a European or American visitor, it’s highly advisable to stop by in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei or Tokyo rather than going on a long and tiring direct flight. There are also international trains to Vietnam Cambodia, Laos or China.
Organizing a detailed travel itinerary before touring in Vietnam might be quite challenging, especially if it’s the very first time you visit our country. You’re always welcomed to send us an email at email@example.com or call our hotline: (+84) 24.668.999.11. We have experienced 1:1 tour consultants to help you plan the most perfect trip to Vietnam.