Vietnam is a naturally beautiful destination with a unique history, breathtaking landscapes, fantastic food and plenty of opportunities for adventure. Officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and ravaged by wars many times, this long and thin country was once a lesser known Southeast Asia attraction and has become much more popular in recent years.
TripAdvisor recently ranked Hanoi as one of the Top 10 Destinations in the World and many visitors from all over the world are flocking to the remote hiking trails of Ha Giang, the ruins of My Son, the beaches of Nha Trang and the lush jungles of Cat Tien National Park.
Whether you are interested in historical museums, mountain trekking, ancient ruins, nightlife, local cuisine or adventure sports, Vietnam has something for you to enjoy. Our Vietnam tour experiences ensure that you have the best possible experience in Vietnam. We will show you the highlights of this complex and intriguing country, while pampering you with the finest accommodation and service along the way.
When to Go
There is quite a range of ecosystems in Vietnam, from tropical coastlines to cool highlands to chilly mountains to dense jungles, so the best time to go depends on where you plan to go and what you plan to do. The good news is that it is always high season somewhere in Vietnam – and the south is tropical so it is always warm.
In Southern Vietnam the dry season will last from December to late April or May and the rainy season from May to November. It is still fine to visit during the rainy season, as the rains are usually in brief afternoon downpours and the temperatures are still warm. In Central Vietnam the wet season begins in November and continues through December. Temperatures reach their hottest from June to August. In Northern Vietnam the temperature is generally warm from October to December and after this time the cool misty weather begins. Temperatures are cooler in the higher regions and some locations in the Northern mountains might see frost or snowfall between December and February.
Overall, the best time to visit Vietnam is in the spring from February to April or in the fall from August to October. This is when the temperatures will be more moderate and there will be less rainfall and the best overall weather across the country.
What to Do
Vietnam offers so much variety when it comes to things to see and do. You can start in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, where you can explore the twisting alleyways, slurp Pho from street carts and drink coffee amongst the locals in tiny cafes. History lovers can visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was the political centre of the country. Then, take a tour of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi where you can see the perfectly preserved body of Uncle Ho himself.
Take a cruise in Ha Long Bay and admire the surreal and beautiful rock formations rising out of the misty, green water. Go hiking in the lush forests and emerald green rice paddies of the Sapa Valley or head to the historic colonial city of Hoi An and have a one-of-a-kind suit tailored for you at an amazing price. Visit Hue and admire the Tombs of the Emperors, which are all quite well preserved.
The Chi Chi Tunnels are a huge war museum near Ho Chi Minh City that offers you a glimpse into the underground life of the Viet Cong era soldiers. You can also visit the fascinating War Remnants Museum, which is a brutal reminder of the Vietnam War.
Make sure to check out the local Vietnamese markets, where you can find a lot of delicious local street foods, fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of odd treasures.
No matter what you want to do on your adventure in Vietnam, we can arrange the trip of a lifetime for you.
Our packages are all inclusive, so every detail is taken care of and any experience you want to have in Vietnam can be easily arranged – just let us know!
Important Travel Information
Visitors from the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and several other countries do not require a visa for a stay up to 15 days. All other nationalities will need to obtain a visa in advance when visiting Vietnam. The visa can be obtained from the Vietnam embassy in your home country or visiting an embassy in a nearby country such as Cambodia or Thailand.
You can also obtain a letter of approval online and then get a visa on arrival when you land in Vietnam via air. This is handled online and you can pay via credit card. Note that the visa on arrival is not valid for arrival at the land crossings and the official visa stamp must be obtained at one of the three international airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or Da Nang.
Health and Safety
As you would in any destination, watch out for low level street crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching. Thieves on motorbikes have been known to snatch mobile phones, camera or bags from pedestrians as they drive by. Keep your bag close to your body and avoid talking on your phone next to cars on the road.
Vietnam also has quite a few travel scams, sneaky ways that they can overcharge tourists. The best way to avoid these is to do some research in advance into the most common tourist scams in Vietnam so that you can recognize a dishonest spiel as soon as it begins.
Before travelling to Vietnam the CDC recommends that you receive a vaccine for Hepatitis A, which can be contracted through contaminated water or food. Also, a vaccine for Typhoid is recommended. Depending on what you are doing and where you are going in Vietnam, you might also want to be vaccinated for Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B and Rabies. Avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria and depending on your travel plans you might want to take medication to prevent malaria.
The currency of Vietnam is the Dong, although the American dollar is also widely accepted. Be careful when changing money and only do so at official money exchange counters. While a higher rate might be offered at the unofficial changers, there is a risk that you will lose your money.
Credit cards are accepted in many hotels and retail stores, but in small businesses outside of the main cities you will find that only cash is accepted. ATMs are available in most areas.
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