From karst formations, rice paddies and pristine white sand beaches to breathtaking temples and rich history, Vietnam’s diverse landscape and unique culture have something to offer to any type of traveller.
The nature, friendly people and delicious food will make your trip a once in a lifetime experience!
Language: The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese.
Useful phrases: Xin Chào (sin chow) – Hello
Cảm Ơn (cam un) – Thank you
Xin Lỗi (sin loy) – Excuse Me
Hẹn gặp lại (hen gap lie) – See you again
Currency: The currency in Vietnam is Vietnamese Dong. 1 GBP equals approximately 30,000 VND.
ATMs: You’ll find ATMs on every corner in big cities. Most banks’ fees range from 30,000 to 50,000 VND (£1 to £1.71), with withdrawal limit of 2,000,000 VND (£68). Agribank is the best with 22,000 VND (£0.75) and a withdrawal limit of 3,000,000 (£102), giving you more money for a lower fee.
If you’re looking to exchange cash, it’s best to bring USD as you’ll get a better exchange rate than if it’s GBP or EUR.
Visa: Residents of some countries have a 14 or 30 day visa-free stay in Vietnam (check you government website for up-to-date information). For longer stays, you can get visa on arrival. We used https://www.vietnam-visa.org/ to process our documentation and obtain our approval letter hassle-free.
Mobile & Sim Cards: Viettel has the best mobile network in Vietnam. Buy a sim card either when you arrive at the airport or from one of the mobile network provider’s official stores in the cities to ensure your sim card will be propery registered in your name. I wouldn’t recommend cards bought at local travel agents, shops and hotels as they are at risk of being randomly de-activated.
Sim cards cost between 150,000-350,000 VND (£5- £12) depending on the duration of your trip and the amount of data you need.
Plugs: The plugs in Vietnam are type A, C and F. The standard voltage is 220V. I’d recommend buying a universal adapter with surge protection as power surges in big cities are quite common.
The best time to visit Vietnam varies depending on which part of the country you’re planning on travelling to. Vietnam’s long, narrow shape means that the three main regions of the country (north, central and south) experience different types of climate throughout the year.
In the south, the dry period is between December through April, making it the best time to visit the region as temperatures are milder and there’s a minimal amount of rain.
In the north, the winter months of November and December, and spring time from March to April are the best months to visit. However, keep in mind that temperatures during winter can drop down to 10°.
April to October is the country’s moonsoon season, meaning prices will be lower and there will be less tourists around, however, there will be far more mosquitos and might be too rainy to enjoy some outdoor activities.
1. Accommodation in Vietnam
Hostels and homestays are a great choice for budget accommodation in Vietnam. A nice, private room with an ensuite shower costs between £5- £10 a night depending on the location. In most places, the price also includes a set menu breakfast! Take into account higher prices if you prefer mid- or upper-range accommodation.
2. Transportation in Vietnam
Hiring a motorbike for the day costs between £3 – £6. If you don’t feel confident driving, you can use ‘Grab’ (the Vietnamese equivalent to Uber) which is super cheap and reliable for short distances!
Travelling by bus or train between cities is very popular, with prices being between £10 – £15 for a few-hour trip on average. It’s best to organize these through your hostel/hotel or local travel agent, as they’ll give you a better price than you’ll find online!
If you prefer flying, domestic flights can cost as little as £15 each way excluding luggage.
3. Food in Vietnam
Food in Vietnam is generally very affordable with meals in small restaurants costing between £1- £2. In bigger cities and touristic places meals can be slightly more expensive, especially if you prefer Western to local food, but generally not more than £5.
Drinks are also super cheap, beers and smoothies (whichever you prefer :D) cost less than £1.
4. Activities in Vietnam
Entry to temples and pagodas are free! Admission charges to museums and historic sites range between 40,000 VND (£1) to 100,000 VND (£3.43). The most expensive entry ticket we paid for was to see the famous Golden Bridge at the Bana Hills Resort, which was 750,000 VND (£26) per person.
Day trips and tours are very affordable as well, it’s best to organize these with your hostel or local travel agent, as they’ll give you the best price!