Some Useful Information for Vietnam Tours
Vietnam's diverse climates and rich history make it the perfect destination for travelers looking for a culturally immersive thrill. Perfect for honeymoons, solo and family travel, this country has elements that are sure to intrigue and satisfy most travelers preferences. We’ve briefly outlined what you can expect from a Vietnam Tour, but talk with one of our Vietnam travel specialists today to start planning
your custom trip.
When to Go
The weather in Vietnam is very different in the north, south and central areas. The north and south have opposing monsoon seasons, making it difficult to coordinate your Vietnam tours with ideal weather conditions in all the different regions. However, this means there is never a bad time to visit Vietnam
, as one region is always enjoying great weather. The north is the coolest part of the country. Winter, lasting from November to January, can be cool, particularly in the mountain regions.
The north is the coolest part of the country. Winter generally lasts from July to November and can be chilly, particularly in the mountain regions. Be prepared for cold temperature if you are visiting Sapa. Hanoi as well as the coastal regions including Halong Bay, experience humidity year round and a rainy season from May to October. The ideal time to visit the north is from November to April, though the temps can be low in the height of winter.
The central coast has warm weather from July to October and wet, cooler weather from November to May. Typhoons can hit the coast during the summer, from July to November. The south is hot and humid year round. Temperatures range from 70? to 90? and summers are very hot, humid, and rainy.
Where to Visit and What to Do
Vietnam Tours typically start at either at the south or north end of the country and weave their way up or down, accordingly. Vietnam has many incredible spots to check out, though which ones you include on your itinerary largely depends on your personal travel preferences and goals.
Vietnam’s capital has become one of the most interesting cities in all of Southeast Asia. With its myriad of historical landmarks, museums, art galleries, street markets, and culinary experiences, there is more to see and do here than can possibly be squeezed into a few days or even a week! Wander the streets and alleys of the of Hanoi’s Old Quarter which dates back 2,000 years and also has architecture that alludes to Vietnam’s days as a French colony just like its neighbors Cambodia
neighbors . Visit one of the world’s oldest universities, The Temple of Literature, and stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake for a history lesson and wander around Hoan Kiem Lake for a unique glimpse of Vietnamese daily life.
Ha Lang Bay
Ha Long Bay provides an excellent backdrop for relaxation or for the more adventurous, engage in the variety of outdoor excursions and activities available. Start you day with a sunrise Tai Chi session and spend your day discovering caves, exploring the floating fishing village and hiking around the National Park. Here you'll find pristine beaches similar to those in the nearby Thailand
A stroll through Hoi An Central Market in an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in old world Vietnamese culture. This bustling market is located in the Thu Bon Riverbank and is one of the best markets in Vietnam. They are always busy with tourists and you’ll like be able to find some incredible discoveries. You’ll find it has lots to from flower, fruits, veggies, spices, handcrafts, food and other top bargains. There is also a section with fresh seafood, textiles & silk and tailors.
Hue is a charming town and countryside with a very old world feel to it. The perfume River, Old Citadel and Emperor Tombs are the biggest historical attractions, but it’s also a great place to get to know the local culture. No Vietnam tour would be complete without a visit to one of the local wet rice farms, or cycling trip through the countryside to get a closer look at the local way of life.
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam’s largest city and economic hub, Ho Chi Minh provides an exciting stop on any itinerary and offers travelers the opportunity to delve into Vietnam’s rich history. It’s complex historical significance touches on Khmer rule, French Colonialism and the Vietnam War and a multitude of landmarks and museums allow travelers to explore those stories in up close. The Cu Chi Tunnels remain open for an interactive experience in understanding guerilla tactics of the war. Motorbikes - which you’ll quickly note are a prevalent form of transportation - can take you to the farthest corners of the city to experience lesser known sites and delicious snacks!
Other Tips for Vietnam Tours
Entry and Exit Requirements
You must have a valid passport and visa ( or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. The standard tourist visa is a single entry visa that allows you to travel in Vietnam for 30 days from the date or your entry. If you plan to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country like the nearby Laos
, or Thailand
you will need to arrange a multiple entry Visa on Arrival Approval Letter before traveling.
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese and is spoken throughout the country, with dialect variations. English is the second most commonly spoken language.
Recommended items for a Vietnam tour are: quick-drying active-wear, swimsuits, long pants and a shawl for visiting temples, flip flops, running shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, and water shoes with adequate soles for waterfall hikes. Skincare products offered in Vietnamese pharmacies tend to have different ingredients than in the west, so if you have sensitive skin be sure to bring all of your own toiletries.