Vietnam has been an excellent destination for tourists all over the world thanks to its beautiful landscapes, from the magnificent limestones and karst towers in HaLong Bay to the romantic scenery of Sapa or Dalat. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam and you do not know where to start. Let's have a look at this article; we will introduce to you a detailed guide on how to plan an awesome trip to this small but beautiful country. Scroll down to know more.
1. Do A Little Brainstorming In Advance
The first and the most important thing to do is to think about the duration, partners, budget, etc. for your trip to Vietnam. Are you planning to visit Vietnam in one or two weeks? Some people can even stay in this country for three or four days only, and it is enough if there is a suitable itinerary. Remember that Vietnam is a budget country, so you can choose comfortable places without paying too much. Also, decide who to go with, your lover, your relatives, or your friends. This will help you to determine the appropriate traveling style.
2. Choose Destinations
As we recommended above, Vietnam is a beautiful country with various magic destinations. If you love and want to explore the beach, Ha Long Bay, Coto Islands, Mui Ne Beach, PhuQuoc Islands, etc. are among the best choices. However, if you choose Vietnam to be the honeymoon place, Dalat and Sapa are lovely. Besides, if you are a cultural explorer, visit Hanoi, TrangAn, Ho Chi Minh City, and so on for the best experience.
When choosing a destination, you should also consider the best time to visit. Vietnam is a tropical country, and the weather varies each season. Therefore, always check the weather and season in advance to make sure you choose the right place and pack suitable clothes.
3. Check Your Passport And Apply For Visa
Check your passport and ensure that it does not expire within six months. If necessary, renew it, or else, you will get declined boarding. Moreover, regulations for applying Visa to Vietnam change a lot, so you have to search carefully and re-check regularly before departure.
4. Purchase Travel Insurance
Traveling without insurance is a taboo thing for travelers. Although Vietnam is quite safe in terms of politics, you may still get an accident or robbed during your trip. Therefore, traveling with insurance is much more comfortable, especially in the case of bad things.
5. Book Flight And Accommodation
If you are a foreign tourist, you will have to land in NoiBai International Airport in Hanoi or Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. You may sometimes land in Danang, but it is not usual. There are many international routes to these airports and what you have to do is checking carefully to find the best deal.
After booking the flight, you can book accommodation depending on your date and time. Vietnam has a large variety of accommodations such as resorts, guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Your booking should be depended on your budget, your destination, and your hobbies.
6. Take Vaccines
If this is your first trip to Vietnam, you will need vaccines. It is especially crucial if your destinations are jungles, mountains, or national parks as there are many mosquitoes causing malaria or dengue fever. Therefore, please check with your healthcare consultant for medical advice before your trip. Some suggested vaccines are Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.
7. Exchange Money
Vietnam is a cash-based society, so you need to bring a large amount of cash. The currency of Vietnam is VND, and you can exchange money in banks or jewelry stores. The amount of money you bring will depend on your budget and travel style. It will not be a big problem if you do not have enough cash in big cities, but in remote areas, it is a large issue as ATMs and exchange agencies are not available. Another thing to keep in mind is that the withdrawal fee is high; thereby, plan your budget carefully before departure so that you don't have to pay much additional fee.
8. Re-check Your Travel Document
Before taking the trip, you should recheck all travel documents, including visa, passport, insurance, and booking confirmation. You should also store all of them in a PDF file on your USB or Google Drive. Your flight schedule should also be verified to make sure you arrive at the airport on time.
9. Prepare For Your Flight And Go
Airsickness with symptoms such as stomach pain, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting is a problem. So, if you suffer from this issue, try to eat a light meal before flying. Choosing the right seat is also essential. You can also apply some natural remedies or take anti-nausea drugs if necessary. On the plane, avoid reading or using electronic devices for a long time to reduce the symptoms. A soft pillow is an ideal item to pack if you have airsickness.
Above is the detailed guide on how to plan an awesome trip to Vietnam. They seem to be simple but vital for a perfect trip to this country. Have you ever been here? If yes, share with us your experience. Thanks for reading!
I am Emily Pham. I was born in Vietnam – a country with many unknown beaches, historic sites, and tourist attractions. Understanding that Vietnam nowadays is a famous destination, I establish the blog site vina.com with the purpose of introducing the elegant beauty of Vietnam to friends around the world. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, our blog will provide you with essential information on where to go and what to do in our country.
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