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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!

Vietnam At a Glance

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.

We always travel with World Nomads. You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. It’s designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities

You can get a quick quote here

What to packVietnam 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 aroundMoving 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.

Vietnam On a Budget

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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.

Where to Go in Vietnam


Welcome to the Vietnamese city that doesn’t sleep. Famous for its role during the War with America and its chaotic traffic. Ho Chi Minh City is a perfect place to start backpacking Vietnam. It also has great day trips wich worth checking