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Most citizens of ASEAN member-countries as Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Laos do not need a Vietnam visa if they visit Vietnam within 30 days. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. The tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days. Western European countries as France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Italy do not need a visa if staying in Vietnam less than 15 days regardless of their purpose or type of visas.
Citizens of other countries should contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertaining to their journey.
Booking a tour with Vietnam Travel Experience is easy as payment can be made safely by Visa or Master card. Any bank charges levied by the sending bank relating to transfers to Vietnam Travel Experience must be paid by the Client. A surcharge of 3% will be applied to payment by credit cards.
Our recommended tours are ones we customize for you. Vietnam Luxury Experience will design the tour to cater to your personal needs, interests and budget. All you need to do is send us your travel inquiry at email@example.com and your private travel consultant at Vietnam Luxury Experience will work out a perfect tour itinerary just for you.
There is no need to take vaccinations before entering Vietnam. However, for safety reasons and for your health guarantee you should consult with your doctor before traveling. Some tourists may take malaria vaccinations. Also, you should bring along insect repellent cream or spray to avoid mosquito bites.
|REGION IN VIETNAM||DRY SEASON NOV – APRIL||WET SEASON MAY – OCT|
|NORTH||During this time, there’s less precipitation and pleasant temperatures but it has some differences between Northeast and Northwest. December and January in particular can get quite frosty in the far north. The average temperature is 17°C (62°F) but may dip to 5-6°C. It can be chilly in Hanoi, Halong and may even snow in mountain areas like Sapa.|
The best time to visit Hanoi are October and November, as days are not too hot with averages around 21°C (70°F) with less rain and plenty of sunshine. Trekking and climbing in Sapa during this time is very comfortable. However, some days will bring heavy fog.
|From from April to October expect warm to hot days during the wet season. The wettest months of the year in Hanoi and north are July and August which is when Typhoon usually falls. Bad weather may delay tours and your travel plans.|
To have the best Northern Vietnam itinerary, you should avoid traveling to the north of Vietnam at that time if you can’t help the heat or do not like the rain.
|CENTRAL||The dry months of February to May are the best time to visit because the weather is mild with moderate average temperatures and low humidity. Basically less rain and warm sunshine. If you fancy topping up your tan beachside then the beaches of Cua Dai Beach or An Bang Beach are best visited towards the end of May.||Outside of the best months come the very hot months of June to August with temperatures often averaging at 38 degrees Celsius. And then comes the rainy season around September to January where heavy showers, typhoons, and flooding aren’t unusual.|
|SOUTH||Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta) see a long dry season between December and May when the skies are clear, the landscape is lush and the Mekong Delta is calm.||From April to November, expect tropical downpours in the afternoon. Travel is rarely affected by the rain and everything is lush and green at this time. Monsoon showers are generally short and sweet and shouldn’t deter you from traveling. If you’re in Ho Chi Minh City during this time, you’ll be amazed by how quickly the water dissipates due to very impressive drainage and then it’s blue skies again.|
The Weather in Vietnam varies considerably, so the clothing you pack is dependant on the time of year you visit and where you go. Dress standards can be more conservative outside of major cities in Vietnam. It’s a good idea to wear modest clothing that’s comfortable. This means clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, particularly in pagodas and religious sites. In most rural areas, women will need to wear modest clothes, even while swimming. Consider bringing a sarong, which conveniently doubles as both a cover-up and a blanket.
The Summer season can be very hot and sticky, so loose, lightweight and breathable clothing is a must. Linen and cotton are good options, but cotton usually does not dry well in high humidity. Athletic wear designed to absorb sweat and stay dry is a better option for humid days. Remember that short shorts, crop tops, and tank tops are not considered appropriate in Vietnam. Loose, long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot weather.
Southern and central cities are warm year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C (68°F), however, the temperature does drop as you go further up north. Pack a light jacket, hoodie or fleece for travel to Hanoi and Halong Bay between November and March. January is usually the coldest month, when temperatures dip as low as 13°C (55°F). It gets cold in Sapa from November to February, when temperatures can dip near the freezing mark. Pack a warm jacket, layers, gloves, and beanie to stay warm for trips during this time.
Good quality, comfortable footwear is best for hiking. Trails can be uneven, rocky, slippery and muddy depending on the season, so waterproof, worn-in walking boots or shoes with good grip is recommended. A raincoat is also a good idea during the rainy season. Note, you can also buy raincoats and hiking shoes in Vietnam.
Tipping isn’t mandatory nor customary in Vietnam, but a tip of spare change or another small amount would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.
The most popular times to visit Vietnam are spring (February-April) and autumn (September-December) but because of the huge variations in latitude and altitude, there is no one best time to go to Vietnam. It’s a good destination all year.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels, and restaurants in Vietnam. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases since credit cards aren’t always an option everywhere in Vietnam.
ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam, so withdrawing cash shouldn’t be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town. Most of the Vietnamese banks’ ATMs have a 2 million VND limit per single withdrawal outside Ho Chi Minh, and 4 million VND limit inside the city. The foreign banks have higher limits for one withdrawal.
It is strongly advised for all passengers traveling to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
The LGBQTI community is gradually gaining recognition in Vietnam, with gay pride parades becoming a regular occurrence and a lift on same-sex marriage bans in 2015. With that said, Vietnam is still a conservative culture and many still hide their sexuality from their families. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have some gay-friendly bars and events. It is generally recommended that both gay and straight couples resist showing public displays of affection.
Vietnam Luxury Experience is committed to making your travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. Despite having a high population of people with disabilities, accessible infrastructure and facilities are still limited in Vietnam. Chaotic traffic and pavements blocked by parked motorbikes and street stalls, uneven footpaths and high curbs add to the challenges of
For a current list of public holidays in Vietnam go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/vietnam/public-holidays
The major festivals celebrated in Vietnam are Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year, February), Reunification Day (30 April), National Day (2 September) and Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival, late September).
With its diverse landscapes, rich culture and delicious food, Vietnam has something to offer all ages. Traveling the country with children might sound stressful, but there are plenty of resorts and activities to suit little ones or even teenagers.
Kids should find no shortage of things to do on a holiday in Vietnam. As well as the wonderful experience of getting to know the local children, there are activities like boat rides, kayaking, cycling, elephant riding, go-karting, swimming and watching the fascinating performances of the traditional Vietnamese water puppets.