Discover the best Vietnam travel tips to visit this country full of beauty and hidden treasures. On this complete travel guide that you can download in pdf, we’ll show you some useful Vietnam travel tips so you will be able to plan your trip easily with all the information.
What’s included in this travel guide?
Here you will find the daily budget you need, best things to do, a scenic itinerary, where to stay in Vietnam and much more.
If you want to discover all about Vietnam, keep reading!
Best time to visit?: There is no best time to visit Vietnam as it is a country of over 1000km length, which means, that you will encounter different climates depending on the area you are visiting. That’s the reason why you can be backpacking Vietnam all year round. If we have to say a good time to visit Vietnam, we would say in spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October). The dry season in the northwest starts in October and goes through March.
Language: The official language is Vietnamese. In the major cities, they do speak a little english, although if you go out the main destinations, do not expect them to talk in English.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong.
Safety: Vietnam is generally a pretty safe country. We explored it over a month being in really remote areas and never had an issue. In any case, check here to be updated on current safety in Vietnam travel.
Also, for the best medical advice is worth to check Fit for Travel website.
It is important that you have good travel insurance when traveling to these countries to have all the travel essentials covered.
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What to pack: Vietnam can be hot and humid but also really cold and rainy. That is why we would recommend you to be prepared for both, by packing some light clothes but also some clothes that isolate you from really cold temperatures if traveling to the north. As Vietnam has amazing mountain trekkings, make sure that you have with you a good pair of trekking boots or trainers.
How to move around: Moving around Vietnam is fairly easy. 12GoAsia is from far the best option to move not only in Vietnam but around Asia. It has a platform easy to use plenty of trains and buses. Not to mention, it is also the cheapest way to move around Vietnam. You can check timetables and prices here.
In the cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, you can also use the app Grab on your phone.
In case you need to cover larger distances, then Skyscanner would be the best option to find cheap flights to travel within the country. Check your options in Skyscanner since they have pretty good deals.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Vietnam?:You can check here if you need a visa.
How much cost to travel to Vietnam?
For our Vietnam travel, we had a daily budget of 31$ per person per day for the 42 days we visited Vietnam. This includes the motorbike that we rented at the beginning of the trip, the cruise in Halong Bay and other attractions. We also took some taxis in Phu Quoc to move from around the island and rented a scooter some days.
If you compared it with the 28$ we spent in Thailand, it does not look fair, since Vietnam is with no doubt cheaper. But the truth is that we did much more things in Vietnam.
In our opinion, is quite easy to Visit Vietnam on budget. We could have even done it much cheaper by staying more in hostels, and not eating so much, but we have a big appetite ?
How is the average price calculated?
It is the total of all our expenses in Vietnam divided by 42 days, which is the time we spent there. That is taking into account:
- What kind of accommodation? We mainly stayed at guesthouses and only a few hotels
- How did you move around? We rented a motorbike from Saigon to Hanoi and the rest with buses
- What kind of food did you have? We had 90% of the time local food. Which is really cheap, but ate lots ?
- What do you consider entertainment? Alcohol, tickets for attractions, tour in Halong Bay, etc.
One of the best Vietnam travel tips we can give you is to think your route thoroughly. It is such a long country with plenty to see. That is why we have done this sample itinerary with the very best of Vietnam. Ideally, to cover all these comfortably, you should allow 30 days for this proposed itinerary. Otherwise, it can also be done in 21 days but you might miss amazing side trips.
Either if you start from North or South, you have a logical progression to see them. In our case, we crossed Vietnam by motorbike, which we really recommend.
This Vietnam travel itinerary is quite well balanced since you got a mix of city, pure nature, beach and mountain. We don’t think you will miss much.
Of course, is not the only one or the best one, but in our personal opinion, we think it covers all the best.
You can take a look in detail if you click in the infographic below where we show some of the highlights in the map of Vietnam
Things to do in Vietnam
There is so much stuff you can do in Vietnam and many different kinds of scenery. And although you can find beaches as well, it would not be the place we would choose for a beach escape. Instead, check the top 5 islands in Southeast Asia that you should visit
Our favorite thing to do was crossing Vietnam by motorbike all the way South to North. And if you do have the chance, we really recommend it.
If you are planning on going on high season, you should definitively check Get Your Guide for a complete list with top things to do in every city. The advantage of doing it though is that you can book any tour in advance. If you have limited time, it might be a good idea to take a look, at least to have an idea of the options.
Where to Stay in Vietnam
Vietnam has a great offer of accommodation, and from our experience, is one of the best relation quality-price that you can find out there. We have been in crazy cool places for like 5$ each in a private room. We’ve hardly paid more than 15$ each for the best ones. If you check them, you will see that all are more than decent places for a very good price.
If you prefer something more according to your style and budget, you can check your options in Booking.
Where to Eat in Vietnam
As you probably know, something to love about Vietnam is its food. Rich flavored dishes traditionally cooked and always using fresh ingredients is one of its more important characteristics.
That is why we have done a small Vietnam travel food guide, with our recommendations on where to eat.