1. How to get
For people who book our packages, we usually help them to get a visa approval letter for free and they will get
Please check below steps for how to get
Step 1: Print out your visa letter, prepare 2 photos (4x6cm) per person.
Step 2: When you arrive at the airport, go to the immigration office, show them the letter and photos. They will give you a form to fill in. You pay them $25/person (
The weather in Vietnam is different between regions and depends on the periods.
The weather in the central part from Nha Trang to Hoi An also divides into 2 seasons, but not too hot as the southern part. November to December is not the best time in this area as storms sometimes hit this area.
Even Da Nang, Hue and Quang Binh are in
Red delta area, including Hanoi, Ninh Binh shares the same weather with Halong.
North Western and North Eastern are mountainous, even there are 4 seasons in this area, but the temperature is always lower than the delta. June and August is
3. Currency in Vietnam
USD1 equals VND22.700. We all use VND for our daily transaction but USD is widely accepted in most of
You can change money easily at the airport or at the hotel, but the rate at the hotel is not good as at the airport or bank offices.
Visa, Master, Amex are all accepted but only in restaurants and hotels because they have a machine and the bank charge is 2-5%. So prepare
4. Shop in Vietnam
Vietnam is considered as one of the cheapest countries for shopping, especially clothes.
Hanoi: Highly recommend Hanoi night market which runs in Friday nights and weekend nights only. Hanoi Old Quarter is a big area, including Hanoi night market. You can find everything here: clothes, bags, souvenirs, silks, food.
For international brands, you can go to Trang Tien Plaza which is nearby the lake or Vincom centre (2km from the Old Quarter).
In Ho Chi Minh city, you can shop at Ben Thanh market (day & night), Saigon Square, Taka Plaza.
In Hoi An: great place for tailoring clothes, you can buy lanterns as a gift or souvenir. And Ms Shachar, if you want a traditional dress of Vietnam (Ao Dai), Hoi An is the best.
In Da Lat: you can shop at Da Lat night market, good for you if you buy fruits (fresh and dried). Lang farm is the most popular brand there. You can buy as a gift for your beloved ones and friends in your country. Coffee is not a bad idea, but you can buy coffee throughout Vietnam.
In Sapa: you can shop around the town or Bac Ha market. The typical goods here are indigo and embroidered bags. Remember to check all stuff before paying money to make sure there is no mistake
You can find night markets in other places.
6. Clothes and baggage
Depending on the places you visit and the time you travel to bring suitable clothes. Please remember to wear shirt or T-shirt cover your shoulders and pans cover your knees whenever you visit temples, pagodas or mausoleums.
If you temperately leave somewhere for a short overnight trip, for
For baggage allowance of the airlines, Vietnam Airlines allows their passengers 7 kg of cabin bag and 20kg of checked baggage while Vietjet Air and Jetstar allow 7kg of cabin bag for free only. If you have big or heavy bags, make sure you buy extra checked baggage in advance to get
You can find some bars, lounges in Ho Chi Minh
Hanoi: Ta Hien, Luong Ngoc Quyen is the place you should visit if you want a cup of beer and join in
Ho Chi Minh city: Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham and Bui Vien street are the places for backpackers. You can find a lot of bars and lounges here; also can find some local food, international restaurants.
Besides that, the walking street of Nguyen Hue is
Hoi An: just go
Hue: There are some bars, beer clubs in Le Loi and Chu Van An street.
If you prefer culture shows, you can take a look at water puppet show (highly recommended - both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city), AO show (both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city), Ionah show - Hanoi only, Ca Tru - traditional singing performance of Vietnam that you never find outside of Vietnam - only in Hanoi.
Links and ticket prices:
Water puppet show: http://bongsenwaterpuppet.com/12/Performance-schedule.htm#.V_3jmuV94rg
Ticket price: VND100.000 (~$4.5) per person. In Ho Chi Minh city, it's VND200.000/person.
AO show: http://www.luneproduction.com/
Ticket price is from VND630.000/person
Ionah show: http://ionah.vn/
Ticket price is from VND750.000/person
Ca Tru: http://catruthanglong.com/
Ticket price: VND270.000/person
Vietnam is considered as one of the safest countries for travel but you should keep your belongings carefully, especially
Always save the phone number of your guide or your sale person for better support.