Here are some of the guidelines we followed during our trip to Vietnam. Of course, this list is far from comprehensive, and we always recommend you do your own research before traveling.
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BEFORE YOU GO
Check out the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website for any travel advisories, cautions, vaccinations, visa/document requirements, etc. prior to traveling to Vietnam.
A Vietnamese visa is required to enter the country. We purchased our e-Visas through the Vietnam Immigration Department and the process was 100% online. Give yourself a few weeks to allow for processing time, and don’t forget to print it out after you are approved. Visa on arrival is available for air travel only, but we recommend handling this before your trip if possible.
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Pack your own medicine and feminine products, as there may not be ones that you are accustomed to readily available.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnamese dong (VND). We got local currency out from ATMs using our debit cards once we arrived.
Don’t drink the water! Or brush your teeth with it. You will need to purchase water bottles throughout your trip.
Vietnam’s culture is conservative, so you shouldn’t wear short shorts or low-cut or revealing tops or dresses. It’s also very hot and humid, so light, quick drying clothing is recommended.
We recommend bringing water, snacks, bug repellent, tip money, a rain jacket, tissues, sandwich baggies, hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunblock, a scarf, a cross-body or secure purse/wallet, and sunglasses on any of your excursions.
Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but it’s appreciated, since many workers don’t earn much money. We tipped with these guidelines in mind:
- Driver used for an entire day or excursion: 100,000 VND (~$5 USD) per day
- Guide used for an entire day or excursion: 250,000-500,000 VND (~$10-20 USD per day) depending on the quality of the service
- Restaurants: a 5-10% tip on the bill
We would love to hear your tips for Vietnam. Feel free to leave your ideas for us in a comment below, and don’t forget to pin it!
XOXO Travel A-Broads