Tips For Your First Visit To Vietnam

18, July, 2022

Tips For Your First Visit To Vietnam

The excitement of visiting a magnificent country like Vietnam for the first time is beyond imagination. Keeping the enthusiasm on a positive note, you must have some basic understanding to enjoy a pleasant stay in Vietnam and make the trip as memorable as possible.

Vietnam is famous for its hospitality, friendly locals, and cheap exotic food, apart from the marvelous beaches and landscapes. But the country is also known for chaotic traffic, taxi scams, and unpleasant incidents that may create some frustration if you don't handle the possibilities carefully. The following tips will help you to enjoy a comfortable stay while visiting the country for the first time.

How To Reach Vietnam:
Vietnam offers hassle-free visa formalities, and tourists can choose an e-Visa or pre-approved visa to visit Vietnam. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam used to provide visa-on-arrival services for tourists from eligible countries, which has been suspended for an indefinite period. Therefore, tourists can visit Vietnam by applying for an e-Visa or the pre-approved vignette visa issued by Vietnam Embassies in the respective country.

Single entry visa stamping will cost you US$25, and multiple entry visa stamping will be US$50 to be paid in Vietnam Dong or US Dollar. The visa stamping fee is in addition to the online processing fee to be paid at the visa service counter at the entry port.

The following airports offer enter and exit services for e-Visa holders:
•    Noi Bai International Airport-Hanoi.
•    Cat Bi International Airport – Hai Phong.
•    Da Nang International Airport – Da Nang.
•    Cam Ranh International Airport – Nha Trang.
•    Tan Son Nhat Interntional Airport – Ho Chi Minh City.
•    Can Tho International Airport – Can Tho.
•    Phu Bai International Airport – Huong Thuy.
•    Phu Quoc International Airport – Phu Quoc City.

E-Visa holders traveling to Vietnam other than air can get the visa services from the following land entry ports.
•    Quy Nhon Seaport
•    Hai Phong Seaport
•    Ho Chi Minh City Seaport
•    Nha Trang Seaport
•    Hon Gai Seaport
•    Da Nang Seaport
•    Vung Tau Seaport
•    Chan May Seaport
•    Duong Dong Seaport

In addition to the above, tourists traveling from nearby countries can get visa services from the following checkpoints.

Vietnam – Cambodia border:
•    Bavet-Moc Bai crossing
•    Kaam Samnor – Ving Xuong
•    Phnom Den – Tinh Bien
•    Prek Chat – Xa Xia
•    YaDao – Le Thanh
•    Mekong River crossing - Song Tien
•    Xa Mat Land Port
•    Ha Tien Land Port

Laos – Vietnam border:
•    Sop Hun – Tay Trang
•    Na Maew – Nam Xoi
•    Nam Can – Nam Khan
•    Nam Phao – Cau Treo
•    Dansavanh – Lau Bao
•    Bo Y – Ngoc Hoi

Vietnam - China border:
•    Mong Cai - Dong Hung
•    Dong Dang - Ping Xian
•    Lao Cai – Hekou
•    Huu Nghi – Quang Ninh

Documents Required:
•    Passport with a minimum validity of 180 days from the date of entry.
•    Two photos of 4x6cm with white background.
•    Copy of Visa approval letter.
•    Return ticket and hotel accommodation details, etc.

Choose The Right Vacation Tour Organizer

Traveling to Vietnam with a vacation package is the best idea because you can not only know what you will be getting but also keep your budget in check. Of the many tour operators, Vivutravel offers various tour packages catering to different groups of tourists. Whether you are traveling solo or with family and friends, Vivutravels will look after all your visa arrangements, accommodation, English-speaking guides, etc., for your utmost comfort and convenience.

Covid 19 Precautions

Post-2020, the world has changed in a different direction. Travels are no longer safe unless you are careful of your health precautions from the lethal pandemic Covid-19. Despite a significant slowdown in contamination rates and gradual opening of international borders to outsiders, you cannot take the situation lightly.

Protecting yourself and your near and dear ones should be your priority. Therefore, do not think of leaving your country without all the doses of Covid 19 vaccination.

Vivutravels comes to your help so far as safety precautions are concerned. It is the best travel agency that not only takes care of the traveling requirements of its guests but also ensures that they remain safe and protected from deadly infections. Besides, you should always carry sanitizers and wear masks as a safety precaution. Also, wash your hands regularly and avoid the crowd as much as possible.

Take The Weather Into Consideration

Rain can ruin your trip to Vietnam. So, talk to your Vietnam travel agent for the best season to travel to the country. At Vivutrvels, you can get professional services and help you choose the right season and timing for the trip.

The weather is important because not all regions of the country are enjoyable in all seasons. For example, if you plan a cruise on Halong Bay or a tour to Son Doong cave, choose any time when it does not rain. For mountainous regions, winter is the best time. Whatever season you decide to travel, pack your bags with suitable clothes and waterproof items. Besides, if you are not too comfortable with warm weather, carry medicines to protect yourself from sicknesses caused by humidity and heat.

Arrange for your transportation

Traveling across the country is not an expensive matter. You can avail train to travel from north to south. But the best decision is to leave the travel arrangements to your vacation tour organizer, like Vivutravels.

Vivutravel can take care of all the guests' requirements and ensure their journey is smooth, comfortable, and hassle-free. Especially our Vietnam family tour package includes all the traveling amenities that a family would need while moving from one region to another in the country.

Avoid Scams And Tricks

If you take local transport to roam around a city, watch for taxi tricks and scams. Although Vietnamese people are friendly and hospitable, a few Blacksheep do not hesitate to take advantage of foreign tourists. So, be careful of rude sellers and taxi drivers who may destroy your traveling experience.

You must also be mindful of overly helpful people who may approach you and give you some offer to go somewhere. They may even try to sell some travel agency services they are associated with. Never get into the trap. Always stick to the travel agent you have booked before landing in the country. If you must take a local cab, check the meter as soon as you get in. The best solution is to ask your Vietnam travel agency to make such arrangements.

Food And Water Hygiene

Only a healthy body can enjoy the marvels of Vietnam. So keep yourself fit and choose food wisely. Never drink tap water. Bottled water is widely available and will save you from any water-borne disease.

Vietnam is famous for its cheap yet tasty street food. But be careful of food quality and hygiene. It will help if you do not get tempted to eat food from any street food center that does not maintain standard hygiene and safety measures. Take advice from your vacation tour organizer before venturing into street food savoring.

Protect Yourself From The Mosquito Menace

Vietnam is a humid country, especially during the rainy season. As a result, mosquitos can be a manacing thing you may encounter. Moreover, if you are not careful enough, you may fall prey to diseases like Dengue or Malaria. Therefore, wear full sleeve shirts and trousers and carry mosquito repellents. Before you leave your hotel room, apply the repellent in a generous amount to the exposed areas of your skin.

Inside the hotel room, ensure that windows have mosquito nets. Discuss the issue with your travel agent before you finalize accommodation. The best option is to sleep with the air conditioner on.

Watch Out For Dehydration

Excessive sun exposure can cause dehydration. Falling ill in a foreign land is the last thing one can expect. Therefore, look after yourself, your family, and your friends while traveling across Vietnam. Drink water to keep yourself well hydrated. Avoid exercising outdoors from 10 am to 4 pm.


The alluring charm of Vietnam is worth enjoying, provided you take adequate precautions for your health and wealth. Vivutravels offers numerous vacation packages for your convenience. They are always there for their guests and help them in every situation. Moreover, they ensure that as a guest of the country, none faces any untoward incident while traveling.