Why traveling to Vietnam?
Vietnam is impressed by the stunning natural landscapes of captivating rain-forest and valleys, peaceful rural villages and pristine white sand beaches. The country is also rich in culture as well as ethnic minorities where is distributed regionally depending on the topography and historical formation. It has been nearly 4 decades that the war came to an end, the country is developing fully in all sectors including tourism. Last but not least, Vietnam traditional cuisine is among the finest one in South-East Asia region.
Area: ~330,000 square km
Population: ~96.4 millions (Dec 2018)
Time zone: GMT + 7hrs
Biggest & most developed cities: Ho Chi Minh (ranked 1st, Southern Vietnam), Hanoi (ranked 2nd; The Capital of Vietnam)
Religion practicing: Buddhism (75%), Catholics (7%), Cao Dai (2%), Hoa Hao (2%), etc.
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
Exchange rates: USD 1 = 23 198 VND
EUR 1 = 26 518 VND
GBP 1 = 29 567 VND
AUD 1 = 16545 VND
- New Year Jan 1
- Hung King’s death memorials: Mar 10 (Lunar calendar)
- The Independence of Southern Vietnam: April 30
- Labor Day: May 1
- Vietnam Independent Day: Sep 2n
- Lunar New Year: Dec 29 – Feb 5 (Lunar calendar; the dates are flexible year on year)
Which nationalities don’t need Vietnam Visa?
+ Chile: Maximum stay of 90 days
+ Thailand, Indonesian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Cambodian & Laos can stay in Vietnam up to 30 days without visa required
+ Pilipino can stay in Vietnam up to 21 days without visa required
+ French, German, Spanish, British, South Korean, Japanese, Russian, Scandinavian countries, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, could stay in Vietnam up to 15 days without visa required
+ Bruneian, Burmese: Stay in Vietnam up to 14 days
Which nationalities can proceed Vietnam E-Visa?
Argentina, Armenian, Australian, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bruney, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.
If you are not listed above? Nationalities are required Vietnam visa
You need to arrange the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter via a travel agency; and surely Bonzer Holidays & Travel can assist you well.
Procedures to get Vietnam Visa Letter:
Send us your passport scans and your arrival/departure flight schedules. Bonzer Holidays & Travel will work on it for your (normal process takes 5 -7 working days); and sending over to you the letter along with a NA1 Visa Forms. You should have it filled up by your arrival and submit the Visa Authorization Letter, NA1 Form and 01 passport size photo of yours at the Immigration Desk and obtain Vietnam visa.
Our services are available with single entry, multiple entries at different costs depending on different situations such as normal or sensitive nationalities. The Visa Stamping fee according will be different:
Vietnam Visa Stamping fee
- USD 25 for 01-month, single entry
- USD 50 for 01-month, multiple entries
- USD 25 for 03-months, single entry
- USD 50 for 03-months, multiple entries
- USD 95 for 06-months, multiple entries
- USD 135 for 01-year, multiple entries
Vietnam visa for stay in Phu Quoc Island only?
Foreigners or Vietnamese with foreign passports have permission to stay on the island of maximum stay 30 days without visa
Best time to travel in Vietnam
Vietnam is divided into three main regions: Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam with significant differences in climate characters.
- Best time to visit Northern Vietnam is September to December with sunny weather, soft sun beams, low humidity and mild temperature from 20°C – 30°C; the next one is period from Mar – May with sunny weather, low humidity, moderate temperature from 25°C – 35°C
- Hot season: From May – July with temperature from 28°C – 40°C, plus the humidity is much higher than other months of the year.
- Rainy season: From July – Sep
- Best time to visit central Vietnam is Mar – May when the weather is sunny, and the temperature is moderate from 25°C – 35°C
- Monsoon season: Oct – Dec; the temperature is cooler from 15°C – 29°C; but the storms hit the area a couple of times per year.
- Cold season: Jan – Mar with temperature from 18°C – 25°C
- Hot season: May – Sep with higher humidity and temperature from 25°C – 38°C
As a sub-tropical area, the weather in southern Vietnam is divided into 2 main seasons:
- Best time to visit southern Vietnam is dried season Nov – April with average temperature from 28°C – 23°C; low humidity, less rain and sunny weather.
- The other is rainy season from May – Oct with same rage of temperature from 28°C – 23°C but offers light rains; the rain is more frequent from Jun – Aug.
Southern Vietnam beaches’ climate:
Best time for beach stay in Phu Quoc Island, Con Dao Island, Phan Thiet Beach, Vung Tau Beach is from Nov – April with moderate temperature from from 23°C – 32°C.
Risky season for beach stay in southern Vietnam is Jun – Sep with heavy rains
Central coast Vietnam beaches’ climate
+ Best time for Nha Trang is Mar – May with ideal and sunny weather and nice temperature from 23°C – 32°
The rest time of the year is rainy season.
+ Best time for Da Nang beaches and Hoi An beach is from Mar – May
With very reasonable costs of USD 0.5 for a route in city
The bus networks in Vietnam are well organized and developed. You can travel from ward to ward within the urban area, district to district within a province, from urban to rural and so on by bus.
The only inconveniences that you have to identify the departing and finishing stations as well as the schedule and language barrier. The transfer should be estimated in hour but not kilometer.
Motorbike drivers are available here and there, at the sidewalk nearby street intersections, outer of bus and train stations. Our advices for you is negotiate so that you aren’t overcharged; then ask for a helmet if the driver don’t offer you somehow.
Legally, foreign tourist without international licenses are not permitted to ride the motorbike at their own. Despite of this fact, many agencies or suppliers still provide motorbike for rent. As the traffic is quite dense, you should protect your selves first with helmets, and other possible protections. There are choices of automatic, semi-automatic, electric motorbike
To avoid any risk of heavy traffic as you don’t understand local driving style well, you can choose the bicycle to ride slowly and see the streets.
Could be considered as a secured option for long travel distance. Depending on the budget and commuting distance, there are choices of hard seat, soft seat, soft bunk.
In tourism, if you only wish to experience how the local train is, we’d suggest you take the nearly 3.5 hours train from Hue to Da Nang. This train travel very close to the coastline to get through Hai Van Tunnels which offers an amazing landscape. For a saving budget, the tourists could try night train between Hanoi – Sapa or Hanoi – Hue.
Car renting in Vietnam for own driving is not allowed. But you can get a car and hire a driver for group travel and family trip.
Could be the most convenient transportation which help save your time significantly. The amenities are better than some of others.
Vietnam Dos and Don’ts
- Due to different titles in social and family relations, Vietnamese do care on the age and appreciated the ask on their age.
- To take photos of the locals, you should ask for their permission, especially on the mountainous region when the customs are more backward
- Smiling will help in many cases such as shopping, bargaining, etc.
- No caps or hats in the holy area like pagodas and temples
- Don’t tap the bowl/plate by the chopsticks as it gestures a funeral ritual
Advices on physical health
- Get your body hydrated well daily (02 liters per day)
- Tap Water are so ensured of good quality. Bottled ones are highly recommended
- Say no to unpeel fruits and raw vegetables
- Believe in your gut situation
- Have a careful check to street vendor
Before you leave
The first and foremost one is to assure your passport is 6 months validated. Then, plan on medical, baggage and insurances. Have a check on vaccinations and medicines is important.
Outfits/pullover for the cool weather in the evening.