In recent years, tourism in Vietnam has boomed and has now become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Each year, the country welcomes millions of travelers who all want to explore this beautiful country. Not only does Vietnam have one of the most unique sceneries, it’s also a safe and good-value option. Yes, the country is really affordable to travel around in and it’s also a safe destination. Sounds like a winner, right?
Without spending too much money, you’ll be able to relax on one of the many beaches around the country, meet friendly locals, get a glimpse into the Vietnamese culture, learn about the tumultuous history, do hiking trips, and eat some of the most delicious food in the world. There’s also six World Cultural Heritage Sites such as Halong Bay and Hoi An Ancient Town, two of the finest examples of Vietnam.
So, if you’re ready to go on an adventure to the far east, here are 5 tips on how to make your Vietnam trip amazing.
1. Make a plan
The first thing to consider is how much time you will spend in the country. Most people tend to stay for at least one month, since it takes a while to get from point A to B. So if you do have one month to spend here, you can either go north to south, or the other way around. Although it’s always fun to play by ear, it can be smart to make a timeframe so you won’t find yourself missing out on anything. If you make a plan, it can also prevent any stressful situations that might occur. Write down the places that you’d like to see, decide where you want to start, and just go with the flow.
2. Do your research
What are the etiquettes in Vietnam? Is there anything special you should think about before arriving, or once you’re there? For example, drinking water from the tap is a big no no. Although it might be common knowledge, it’s still best to come prepared by doing proper research.
3. Road safety
Traffic in Vietnam is known be a bit crazy, to say the least. This especially applies to the bigger cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. So if you’re thinking of renting or buying a motorbike, be sure that you feel completely comfortable riding one before embarking on a longer adventure with your bike. It’s not only about the hectic traffic either – it’s also about the roads itself. Many of the roads aren’t as developed yet, so it might be tricky to drive, especially up in the mountains. If you’re not planning on riding a motorbike, you’ll still be exposed to the traffic. The number one rule when crossing the street is to look left to right and then slowly start making your way across the road. Never stop, even though it may seem a bit scary! The drivers are used to people crossing the roads at a slow and steady pace, and they’ll just move around you.
4. Be prepared that anything can happen
When planning a trip, you probably have an idea of how it’ll go. But it usually never goes the way we think it will. But that’s part of the charm of traveling – we have to expect the unexpected! So be prepared that anything can happen on this trip, be open minded to it, be smart, and know that things will always be okey. Whether you’re missing a bus, your motorcycle breaks down, you get food poisoning, or you lose something, there’s always a solution to problems. So instead of letting those things break us down, learn from it, move on, and have fun instead of being upset. It happens to the best of us.
5. Last but not least, enjoy your trip!
Why travel somewhere if you’re not going to enjoy it? Vietnam is the perfect getaway for those who are looking for a fun adventure in a tropical country. You can go island hopping, trek in the jungles, swim in the crystal clear water, enroll in cooking classes, and just immerse yourself in the Vietnamese life. The most important thing is to enjoy every moment and have fun. Whatever you do, do it with joy.
… There’s one more thing to remember! You must remember to apply for a Vietnam visa before you arrive to the country. There are three visa options to choose from. Either you opt for either of the two online visas, Visa on Arrival and E-Visa, or you go via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. The later is a good option if you intend on arriving to Vietnam by land. If you arrive by air, go for the online visas. Not only are they faster and easier to get, you can do it from wherever you are in the world. Sweet, right?