Quick information and Vietnam travel tips

  • Currency? Vietnamese Dong
  • Languages? Vietnamese
  • Where is this place? Located in South East Asia
  • What is Vietnam famous for? Pho soup, History, Beautiful Mountains and Sceneries, and Ao Dai
  • Best time to visit Vietnam? Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October)
  • How to get there? There are a lot of airlines flying to most major cities in Vietnam. You can also come by land through Cambodia, Laos, and China.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
  • What type of electric plug do they use? Type A and C. Read this post for more information about travel adapters.
  • Neighboring countries? Cambodia, Laos, and China

Do you need a visa for Vietnam?

Most members of ASEAN member countries and passport holders from Scandinavian and Nordic countries, Japan, Korea, and Russia do not need a visa to enter the country.

That said, all other citizens do require a visa before entering Vietnam, and for those who like to plan ahead of time, it is possible to get Vietnam visa on arrival online, just make sure to fill the application accordingly and check in this link if your passport need or don’t need a visa to enter Vietnam before you start on processing anything.

TIP: Here’s a good guide on how and where to get a Vietnam visa for US citizens.

If you’re interested in moving to Vietnam either for an extended visit, make sure to read this post about the cost of living in Vietnam so you can have an idea how much you’ll need in order to live there.

Where to book your flights to Vietnam?

Check our handy-dandy guide on how to find the cheapest flights around the world – read it here.

Do you need travel insurance for Vietnam?

Remember this: anything can happen! Read our take on why you need travel insurance and how it can save you money when things go unplanned – read it here.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam is located in South East Asia, which border stretches from China, Laos, and Cambodia. Just like its neighboring countries, it offers tropical season and experiences heavy rainfall and extreme heat in particular months during the year.

That said, if you want to enjoy a nice vacation, the best time to visit Vietnam depends on where you want to go. For instance, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are good to visit all year round while Northern Vietnam is perfect during March and June while Central Vietnam is good to visit from June to August.

Nevertheless, it is also good to know that rainy season (also the low season for tourism) occurs around September to November while the peak of summer (high season) is around July and August, and the weather is hot and humid. If you’re not a fan of extreme Vietnam summers, come between December to March when the weather is cooler up north and just perfect down south (it is drier).

Is Vietnam a safe place to visit?

Vietnam is generally a safe place to visit, but as always, if you’re traveling either alone or with someone, it is best to always be wary about your surroundings.

What should you wear in Vietnam?

It is advised to dress conservatively, but in general, you can wear whatever you want. Just make sure that you keep the culture and traditions in mind. That said, if you’re heading up north, make sure to bring warm clothes with you and don’t overpack when you plan to head south!

Shopping in Vietnam is very cheap, so don’t overdo the packing at all.

Is Vietnam safe to travel alone?

It is safe to travel in Vietnam alone, but as always, you should be careful at all times (especially with the traffic) and be wary of your surroundings.

Can you wear shorts in Vietnam?

Yes, you can. But make sure it is not too short and be mindful that temples and churches typically do not allow too revealing clothes when you visit.

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