With it’s fascinating history, gorgeous landscapes, tasty food, and vibrant energy. Visiting Vietnam feels like a trip you’ve never taken before. The best is to expect nothing at all and enjoy it day-by-day.
Language: The main languages spoken in Vietnam is Vietnamese
Currency: The currency of Vietnam is the Dong. $1 CAD equals to 17754.83VND
Credit Cards and ATM’s: You won’t have a problem finding ATMs in Vietnams big cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Most ATMs accept Visa cards.
Plugs: The plugs in Vietnam are type A, C and F. The standard voltage is 220 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
When to Visit?
There’s no bad time to visit Vietnam! It all depends on what you want to experience while in the country.
May to October is the country’s monsoon season, but it’s still an expensive time to visit. If you’re traveling to coastal destinations, you’ll need to book your accommodation a few months in advance.
Things to Know
- Sort out your Visa. You do NEED one before entering the country. You will first need to apply for an approval letter allowing you into the county (there are a ton of reputable companies on Google). This costs around $23 CAD/PP a person, and takes about 5 days to go through. Once you have that you provide that letter and a passport photo to get your Visa on arrival which costs $36 CAD/PP. Please be aware that you can apply for either single or multiple entries to the country; so be careful if you are self transferring anywhere in Vietnam (like what happened to us in Australia). Keep in mind to give yourself some extra time, the visa process at the airport can be roughly 30-40 mins, and the custom line can be really long as well! So understand that you won’t be grabbing your luggage right away.
- Weather can vary.
- Get ready to haggle.
- Traffic can be intense, especially the honking!
- Avoid tap water!!!
- Eat the street food.
- Heard of people snatching belongings while driving past on a motorbike. So, to protect yourself against this, avoid using your mobile phone near busy streets, and hold your camera securely when taking photos by the road.
- Show respect to their religious culture.
- Carry toilet paper with you EVERYWHERE!
- Be confident crossing the road. Traffic is crazy here, so when you cross the road, remember to be careful, watch out for the cars the most, and remember the bikes will go around you.
- Cover your shoulders and knees when entering a temple.
How to Get Around?
Taking the train in Vietnam is a great way of getting around. Trains are air-conditioned, safe and inexpensive as well as being a good opportunity to talk to locals.
Perhaps the most popular way to get around Vietnam, catching a bus or coach has become easy and convenient across the country. Buses can be really cheap.
Renting a scooter is a good option as well. Great way to see places on your own for a day trip.
It costs around 100,000 – 150,000 VN
Per day to rent a scooter ($5.89-$7.86CAD). You can negotiate a better price if you want to rent the scooter for longer. Take your passport with you and remember that the rental place will want to keep it until you give the scooter back.
You can also fly or use Grab. Download the Grab app