Vietnam is becoming a top tourist attraction. Vietnam has gotten its fame for beautiful beaches, limestone mountains and caves, rice terraces, magnificent nature and street food. Vietnam truly has something for everyone.
There is a lot to consider when planning your trip to Vietnam. We have combined the most frequently asked questions regarding travel in Vietnam.
Is Vietnam safe?
In short: yes, Vietnam is safe. Violent crimes are very rare in Vietnam but you will need to take good care of your belonging as petty theft does occur. You will also need to make sure not to get tricked into tourist scams which include fake taximeters and overpriced souvenirs and other goods. Check out our blog post on safety in Vietnam.
Is there Malaria in Vietnam?
According to the International Association for Medical Assistance for Travelers (IAMAT), there is no risk of Malaria in Vietnam’s major cities including Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay and most of the coastal area along Route 1A.
The same source also says that there is a risk of Malaria in all rural areas in Vietnam, particularly central highland provinces such as Dak Lak, Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.
Is there Dengue Fever in Vietnam?
According to the IAMAT, dengue fever continues to exist in Vietnam with dengue outbreaks every few years. Southern provinces are of the highest risk of dengue fever but it does exist throughout most of Vietnam, including up north in the Red River delta.
Insect repellents and covering exposed skin, specially around sunset, is the best protection against the mosquito carried dengue fever.
Do I Need Vaccinations Before Visiting Vietnam?
Most countries recommend to at least get some vaccinations done before visiting Vietnam. We recommend that travelers consult their local doctor before traveling to Vietnam. Good source of information is both Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Fit for Travel.
When is the Rainy Season in Vietnam?
Vietnam is a large S shaped country so the climate varies considerable between regions. The rainy season in Vietnam also depends on the monsoons, which hit different regions at different times.
The rainy season in Vietnam’s North and South provinces last from May until November, while the rainy season in central Vietnam lasts from August to December.
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Vietnam?
Obtaining a Vietnam visa is a fairly easy process for most countries. Residents of several countries have visa exemption and several more countries can apply for e-visa, which they then obtain upon arrival in Vietnam. Check out or complete guide to getting a Vietnam visa.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Phu Quoc?
Phu Quoc is classified as a special economic zone within Vietnam and offers visa exemption to all nationalities following some conditions including maximum 30 day stay and you are not visiting any other destination within Vietnam. See Phu Quoc Island Guide for more information.
Do I Need Travel Insurance for Vietnam?
It is not mandatory to get travel insurance before visiting Vietnam but it’s highly recommended and more so if you plan to be riding a motorcycle. That are cases in Vietnam were people have been refused hospital care if they have not been able to show adequate travel insurance, or unable to pay the fee upfront.
What is the Best Way to Travel from the Airport to the City?
Regardless of whether you’re in Hanoi, Da Nang or Saigon (HCMC), the best way to travel from the airport to city center is by taxi. Traveling from Saigon airport to city center, you can expect to pay VND 150,000 ($6,5) to 200,000 ($8,5). Traveling from Hanoi airport to city center you can expect to pay VND 400,000 ($17) to 500,000 ($21,5). Make sure to pick either Vinasun Taxi or Mai Linh Taxi.
What is the Best Currency to Bring to Vietnam?
The best currency to bring to Vietnam is US Dollars. USD can be easily exchanged in any of the big cities in Vietnam. Many stores and tour operators also take USD as payment but be careful to double-check the exchange rate. It is also worth checking if you get a better exchange rate withdrawing from ATM using debit or credit card.
Is Vietnam Credit Card Friendly?
Using credit cards in Vietnam can be difficult although it’s improving every day. Most upscale stores, bars and restaurants take credit cards with more and more outlets catching on. But we do recommend having some cash with you as most taxis, street food vendors and local bars will not accept credit cards.
Should I Tip In Vietnam?
Tipping in Vietnam is in most cases not mandatory but it is appreciated. In many tourist areas, it has even become expected. There is no fixed rate to tip but rate of 5-15% is suggested in restaurants while for services such as taxi, you can round up to the next tenth.
Should I buy a SIM Card When Traveling in Vietnam?
Even though WIFI is readily available in hotels, coffee shops, restaurants and bars throughout Vietnam, we highly recommend traveler to buy a SIM cards. It is both affordable and easy to do. Check out our full guide on SIM cards in Vietnam.
How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Motorcycle in Vietnam?
Many travelers opt for renting scooters and motorcycles to get around. Many of Vietnam’s most popular destinations are best explored on a motorcycle. The cost is different between motorcycle selected and regions but expect to pay between VND 100,000 ($4,30) to 150,000 ($6,50) per day. To help you out, we have written the complete guide to renting a motorcycle in Vietnam.