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Vietnam at a Glance
Captivating with diverse cultural heritage, Vietnam is an enchanting Southeast Asian gem offering a mesmerizing blend of ancient traditions, bustling cities, breathtaking landscapes, and savory cuisine. From the Hanoi charming streets to the lush canals of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam invites you to embark on a remarkable journey. Get ready to be delighted by this incredible destination that will leave you with lifelong memories.
The best time to visit Vietnam is from March to late April and from October to December. During this time, the whole country has amazingly nice weather which is very cool and has less rain, suitable for enjoying every activity here from sightseeing to adventure.
On the other hand, each part of Vietnam has its own most wonderful time to visit:
- North: There are 4 seasons including spring (Feb – Apr), summer (May – Aug), fall (Sep – Nov), and winter (Dec – Jan). Particularly, it is hot and humid with high rainfall from May to October, while November to April is cooler and dry.
- Central: The typical tropical monsoon climate brings hot temperatures almost over the year in the central region. The hot season occurs from January to August with average temperatures of mid-30s°C. The months from September to November receive the highest rainfall which results in heavy storms and floods.
- South: There are only two seasons including the dry and wet seasons with remaining high temperatures all over the year. The dry season lasts from November to April and the wet season from May to October with the highest precipitation between June and August.
Top 3 must-visit destinations in Vietnam
As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is one of the most ancient cities here, over 1000 years old. For visitors who are passionate about culture and history, Hanoi is the exact place with a huge number of temples & pagodas, relics, museums, and cultural shows:
The Temple of Literature
- Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam St., Van Mieu Wd., Dong Da Dist.
- Opening hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Ticket price: 30,000 VND/person (~ $1.2)
- Highlight: One of the most well-preserved big relics in Hanoi - the first university in Vietnam where you can get a deeper understanding of the country’s history
One Pillar Pagoda
- Address: Chua Mot Cot St., Doi Can Wd., Ba Dinh Dist.,
- Opening hours: 07:00 - 18:00
- Ticket price: 25,000 VND/person (~ $1)
- Highlight: A famous symbol of Hanoi featuring unique architecture and structure like an elegant lotus growing in the middle of the little pond
Hoa Lo Prison
- Address: 1 Hoa Lo St., Tran Hung Dao Wd., Hoan Kiem Dist.
- Opening hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Ticket price: 30,000 VND/person (~ $1.2)
- Highlight: A historical relic for history lovers who want to gain an insight into the turbulent time of Vietnam in the past, through stories about one of the most brutal prisons in the world
Ho Chi Minh City
This is the most crowded and populated area in Vietnam. For anyone who seeks all-night excitement, the unsleeping city is the ideal destination for a Vietnam trip. This city is a mix of traditional culture with fast-paced nightlife where you can visit relics, museums, pagodas, and also get drunk at bars and pubs overnight:
Bui Vien Walking Street
- Address: Bui Vien Street
- Opening hours: 19:00 - 02:00 (Weekend)
- Highlight: A wonderful paradise for night owls who desire a lively and memorable sleepless night with vibrant bars, cheap drinks, and delightful street food.
Thien Hau Temple
- Address: 710 Nguyen Trai St., Dist. 5, HCMC
- Opening hours: 06:30 - 16.30
- Ticket price: Free
- Highlight: The most important pagoda in the spiritual life of the Chinese people in Chinatown area that worships one of the most important gods protecting the lives of all overseas Chinese people in Saigon up until now
Cu Chi Tunnels
- Address: Phu Hiep, Cu Chi, HCMC
- Opening hours: 07:00 - 17:00
- Ticket price: 30,000 VND/person (~ $1.2)
- Highlight: The top-searched relic in Ho Chi Minh City for those who are interested in the history of the Vietnam War and want to explore the complicated man-made tunnels.
Top 5 must-do in Vietnam:
Taste Hanoi Street food
- Average price: Only US $2 for a meal
Do you know that Hanoi is the city that owns most of the Bib Gourmand list with many of them are local street vendors? Good foods can be found everywhere at any time on Hanoi Street at super cheap prices.
Also, the choice is varied with a long list of local dishes different from ingredients to cooking ways, guarantee you can have different meals each day exploring this city.
Stay overnight with Halong Bay Cruise
- Travel duration: 2 days 1 night /3 days 2 nights
Cruising through Halong Bay overnight is worth trying for every type of tourist as there are many routes to choose from whether for leisure or adventure purposes.
Also, the price range for this outstanding service is only from $120 /pax which is not expensive for a 2-day cruise including about 4 meals and many other interesting activities during the trip.
Trek in North Vietnam
- Tour duration: 5 - 9 days
- Price range: US $400 - 1000 per pax
North Vietnam is famous for its special terrain with a complicated system of hills and mountains of different heights, creating many amazing trekking routes from easy to difficult with stunning views covering the mountainous area here.
The most popular places for trekking in the North are Mai Chau, Sapa, and Ha Giang where you can choose your suitable trekking route.
Check-in at Golden Bridge
- Location: Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Central Vietnam
- Cable car ticket price: Around US $47 /pax
The Golden Bridge is absolutely the most trending attraction in Vietnam at present and has been requested by most tourists since its opening in 2018.
People flock here to observe the beauty of this man-made masterpiece awarded by many reputable worldwide architecture contests and have an Insta time inspired by movie scenery.
Experience Mekong floating markets
Visiting floating markets in Mekong is not just a way of experiencing this area's local life but also how you can help preserve a traditional culture that might disappear one day.
In fact, there are not many floating markets still exist in the Mekong Delta, the biggest and most famous one that you can visit at present is Cai Rang - a floating market in Can Tho which is still a place for trading among fruits and vegetable wholesalers.
In general, Vietnamese foods are easy to eat with most tourists and that is the reason why the cuisine here is so famous.
Also, usually, sellers in restaurants and vendors here are friendly enough to help diners customize their dishes by adding or removing ingredients due to orders and abilities.
Top 5 must-try Vietnamese dishes:
- Price: From 35,000 VND (~ US $1.4)
Many tourists know about Vietnamese Noodles through “Pho” (with beef or chicken) which is sold in most Vietnamese restaurants all over the world.
However, you will find out that noodles in Vietnam also include Bun Cha (noodles with grilled meat), Bun Bo Hue (noodles soup with beef and pork leg), Banh Canh (noodles with crab meat), etc. all are made with different types of noodles, spices, ingredients, and also the way to cook.
- Price: From 15,000 VND (~ US $0.6)
This dish is as famous as the word “Banh Mi” is now available in Oxford Dictionary. Since the day “baguette” followed French to Vietnam, the Vietnamese Baguette has been developed for hundreds of years to become the world-known “Banh Mi”.
There are many types of toppings that can be put into this dish in Vietnam such as: pate, cold cuts, char siu pork, French fries, beef jerky, fried egg, etc. combined with traditional fermented vegetables, cucumber, and herbs.
- Price: From 10,000 VND (~ US $0.4)
If you come to Vietnam in Winter or rainy season, don’t miss your chance to try fried dishes in this country. They are sold all year round but the taste is better during this time.
As the North is colder, there are more choices for fried foods here from sweet to savory such as Vietnamese donuts, fried buns, Quay (yau ja kwai), Banh Goi (Pillow Cake), etc. And in the South, you shouldn’t miss Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) and Banh Trang Nuong (Vietnamese Pizza).
- Price: From 35,000 VND (~ US $1.4)
Rice is the main ingredient for local meals in Vietnam. Restaurants that serve rice like a local family's daily meals can be found anywhere in Vietnam from budget to luxury options.
One restaurant like that even received 1-star Michelin: Tam Vi - a deluxe traditional-style restaurant located in Hanoi. On the other hand, far in the South, there is a super famous rice dish that is loved by both locals and foreigners - Com Tam (rice with grilled pork rib cutlet) - a dish that can give you a fulfilling meal on 1 plate.
- Price: From 15,000 VND (~ US $0.6)
The most popular dessert in Vietnam is absolutely sweet soup - a dish that can be found in every corner of this country.
The ingredients to create this dish are varied and they are different in each region of the country, some most popular ones are all types of beans, sesame, fruits, rice cakes, sweet potatoes, eggs, etc.
Vietnam exempt visa for citizens from 25 countries and territories including citizens from 9 countries in Southeast Asia and below:
Tourists who are not citizens from countries in the “Vietnam Visa Exemption” list must apply for a visa to enter this country. There are 80 countries and territories that citizens can apply for E-Visa to Vietnam:
For applying E-Visa, please send the below documents to your travel consultant:
- A photo of your passport, for example:
- Your 4x6 passport photo, for example:
Note: If your citizenship is not on the above list, and also not in the Visa Exemption list below, please contact the Vietnam Embassy /Consulate in your country for detailed directions on applying for a Vietnam Visa.
Is Vietnam safe to travel?
Vietnam is generally considered a safe destination for travelers due to its relatively low violent crime rate. However, there are some precautions that you have to know before traveling
- Personal Safety: Be cautious of your belongings, especially in crowded areas, and avoid displaying valuable items that may attract attention.
- Traffic Safety: Vietnamese streets are quite chaotic in major cities, so you need to be cautious when crossing the road and ensure to have a valid license before planning to rent a motorbike
- Scams and Touts: Be cautious of overly friendly strangers offering deals that seem too good to be true, and use trustworthy tour company for a safe and carefree journey.
- Health & Hygiene: Protect yourself by paying attention to food and water hygiene to minimize. It’s highly recommended to drink bottled water and bring insect repellent to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.
When visiting a foreign country, it’s essential to be aware of the country’s culture and etiquette to ensure a respectful and enjoyable journey.
Here are some do's and don'ts travelers coming to Vietnam should keep in mind:
For reference only, the rate changes every day, please check the daily exchange rate with your travel consultant or bank.
|US Dollar - USD||23,500 VND|
|Australian Dollar - AUD||16,000 VND|
|Euro - EUR||27,000 VND|
|Pound Sterling - GBP||30,000 VND|
|Canadian Dollar - CAD||17,500 VND|
|Singapore Dollar - SGD||18,000 VND|
|Indian Rupee - INR||300 VND|
Denominations of money
Please note that tipping is not a part of Vietnamese culture; therefore, no one has to tip if they are not totally happy with the service. Just tip when you feel like you want to do, not when someone persuades or asks you for that.
Below are some general amounts for tipping in Vietnam:
- For hotel bellman: $2 or $1/suitcase
- For housekeeper: $1 - $2
- For waiter /waitress: $1 - $3
- For driver: $3 - $5 or just round up the bill
- For tour guide: $7 - $10/day or $3 - $5/person (for a big group)
Learn more about Tipping in Vietnam
Places to exchange money in Vietnam
You can exchange money in Vietnam easily since there are several available options for foreign visitors:
- Banks: Being considered a reliable and secure choice, bank is a popular destination for foreigners to exchange their money when traveling to Vietnam. Bank branches are easy to find in major cities, and remember to bring your passport as it may be required for currency exchange transactions
- International airports: Airport is another good option when you traveling to Vietnam and want to have some cash for small payments. Though exchange counters at the airports may not offer a good rate as gold shops.
- Hotels: Many hotels in Vietnam provide currency exchange services for their guests. It's advisable to inquire about the rates and any applicable fees as the exchange rates may not be as favorable as those at banks.
- Gold shops: You can find good exchange rates when exchanging money at gold shops, however, exercise caution and ensure that the shop you choose is reputable and trustworthy before conducting any transactions.
What should you pack?
- Clothes & accessories: waterproof jacket, sport shoes (better if waterproof), hat, small umbrella
- Cosmetics & cosmeceuticals: sunscreen, personal insect repellent spray
- Medicines: bring along your own ones, especially if there’s any requested prescription sale
- Money: prepare as much cash as you can (to avoid using credit cards with 3-5% fee) and separate into small amounts.
- Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance and any receipt/booking code of book-in-advance services with photocopy of each above document.
Plugs & Voltages
The standard voltage in Vietnam is 220V at 50 Hz, and Type A, C, and F are the 3 most common plugs types used in the country:
- Type A: Has two flat parallel pins. It is similar to the plugs used in the United States and Japan.
- Type C: Has two round pins. It is the most common plug type in Europe and many other countries.
- Type F: Similar to Type C but includes two additional grounding clips on the sides. It is commonly used in Europe.
You should prepare an adapter to fit the outlets, and a converter or transformer if your devices have a different voltage.
Do you need travel insurance?
It is highly recommended for foreign travelers to purchase travel insurance when visiting Vietnam, as travel insurance provides valuable protection and coverage against unexpected events or emergencies that may occur during your trip:
- Medical Emergencies: Cover medical expenses in case of illness or injury
- Travel Delays: Cover additional expenses such as accommodation, meals, and transportation if your flights are delayed or canceled
- Lost or Delayed Baggage: Offer coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged luggage.
The insurance cost may range from US $20 - 50 per pax for a trip from 10 - 15 days.
Internet access in Vietnam has significantly improved in recent years, so travelers can access Internet easily in both urban and rural areas:
- Mobile Data: Quite popular in Vietnams so you can buy a SIM card at the airport or local shops at a reasonable price from US $8. Major mobile network operators you can opt for are Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone.
- WiFi: Travelers can access the Internet in Vietnam by using free WiFi, which is provided in most hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops.
- Change the money before your trip or at the airport for the best exchange rate and avoid scams
- Bring along as much cash as you can as ATMs are only available widely in big cities and you can be charged 3-5% for using your cash internationally.
- Separate your cash and put it in some hidden places on your clothes and a bag that never leaves you, don’t leave any in the hotel room.
- Asking for tipping money directly is considered rude in Vietnam, just leave or send a claim for that bad behavior.
Though each region has its different climate (the North, Central, and South), you still have an incredible trip at the best time, depending on your need.
However, if weather is the most important factor to you, opt for March - April & September - October as this time is suitable for traveling around the entire country because of the nice weather and low cancellation chance of bad weather.
It’s still ok for anyone who cannot visit Vietnam during these months:
- May - August: Best for beach vacations, when you can have a good dose of Vitamin Sea through various thrilling aquatic activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, etc.
- November - December: Ideal for an adventurous trekking tour in North Vietnam to see endless terraced paddy fields covered in snow and enjoy the cool atmosphere of mountainous areas
For more information, check out our ultimate guide about Best Time to Visit Vietnam
The travel price will depend on your budget, demand, and preference. Overall, the expense you have to spend per day is around US $60 - 250 /person /day
Take a look at our quick summary of Vietnam trip’s cost per day (not including flights) based on how much money you are willing to spend per person:
- For budget travelers: US $70 - 90 (Standard Class - 2* to 3* Hotels)
- For mid-budgets: US $100 - 130 (First Class - 4* Hotels)
- For luxury travelers: US $150 - 200 (Deluxe Class - 5* Hotel)
See our Bestseller Tours in 2023 below:
|Vietnam Tour Packages||Price Per Pax From|
|Best of Vietnam 15 days||US $999|
|Highlights of Vietnam 12 Days||US $868|
|Best of Northern Vietnam 6 days||US $399|
|Vietnam Essential 10 days||US $798|
You may arrange a tour based on the amount of time you have available time. A perfect tour can range from 6 to 21 days. Here are our detailed suggestions:
- 4 - 6 Days: If you want to arrange a quick trip to one region, such as the northern, southern, or central regions.
- 7 - 10 Days: If you plan to visit two to three regions using domestic planes.
- 11 - 15 Days: If you are willing to see all the highlights and relax on the most stunning beaches.
- Over 15 Days: For individuals who wish to see Vietnam more thoroughly and spend more time in each location.
Consider your time and need, then get in touch with BestPrice to customize your own trip.
Overall, travelers need a visa to enter the country. Up to 2023, citizens from 25 countries can enter Vietnam without visa (at least 14 days, depending on each nation). Tourists who are not on the visa exemption list can be supported with
- Visa On Arrival (VOA): US $20 - 40 /person
- e-Visa: US $40 /person. Please be noted that not all countries are granted Vietnam eVisa, click here to see the detailed list
Normally, the processing time will be 3 to 5 days, and the cost can be different in some special circumstances.
Vietnam Visa Exemption 2023 List:
|Asia Countries||Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea,|
|European countries||Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|Others||Chile, Panama, Russia|
You can contact us for applying eVisa with simple procedures and time-saving.
Yes, you should. Though Travel Insurance is not always mandatory for international travel, buying it is still a wise decision since the insurance will prevent you from unpredictable financial losses.
Medical emergencies, flight cancellations, money losses, etc., can happen at any time during your future trip - and when they occur, the insurance will work and take care of your expenses. Hence, Travel Insurance is very important for your trip.
It’s highly recommended to buy Travel Insurance in your country before the journey. If you need help buying insurance, contact our sales consultants for support.
Take a look at our specific price table (price per person), worldwide available (ASEAN, ASIA, and the rest of the World):
|Period Of Trip||Plan A||Plan B||Plan C|
|1 - 5 days||
(~ US $28)
(~ US $13)
(~ US $11)
|6 - 8 days||
(~ US $38)
(~ US $18)
(~ US $14)
|9 - 11 days||
(~ US $44)
(~ US $21)
(~ US $17)
|12 - 15 days||
(~ US $49)
(~ US $23)
(~ US $19)
|16 - 24 days||
(~ US $55)
(~ US $26)
(~ US $21)
|Coverage of Each Plan (Per person)|
Medical Expenses: 2.000.000.000 VND (~ US $85146)
Personal Accident: 5.000.000.000 VND (~ US $212866)
Medical Expenses: 1.500.000.000 VND (~ US $63860)
Personal Accident: 400.000.000 VND (~ US $17029)
Medical Expenses: 1.000.000.000 VND (~ US $42573)
Personal Accident: 400.000.000 VND (~ US $17029)
Note: The price table above is provided by BestPrice Travel
Generally, when traveling to Vietnam, you have to notice two important things about the electricity in this country - plugs and voltage:
- The common electricity voltage here is 220 Volt at 50 Hz
The thing you should do first is checking your device’s details - if there is a line like “100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz”, that means your device can fit different voltage levels from 100 to 240 Volt, from 50 to 60 Hz.
Otherwise, you will need a converter to change the initial voltage to match the device specifications. You can buy it at any electric store in Vietnam with a price of US $4 - 8.
- 3 sorts of plugs can be used in Vietnam: Type A, Type C, and Type F
Most electrical outlets in Vietnam have 2 holes, which is only suitable for two-pin plugs, including Type A (two flat vertical pins), Type C & Type F (two round pins). Three-pin plugs will require an adapter to be usable.
Like the converter, an adapter can also be found at electric stores with a price of US $1 - 4.
Small note: You can ask the receptionists to borrow one at your hotels as an alternative option.
Currently, Vietnam is positioned 39th on the global fixed internet ranking while standing 52nd in mobile internet speed. Thus, accessing internet in this country is as easy as pie. Excluding some specific places such as secluded mountainous areas, free WiFi can be found in airports, coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels.
However, the free WiFi may not be fast and stable, you should purchase a 3G/ 4G SIM card to access Internet at any time of day. A Vietnamese SIM is not too expensive, about USD $10, and you can find them at airports, phone stores, or mobile network providers’ stores:
|SIM Card Providers||Price Per 4G SIM|
|Viettel||From US $10 - 27|
|Vinafone||From US $9 - 21|
|Mobifone||From US $6 - 13|
Generally, Vietnam is considered an ideal destination for tourists, especially solo travelers, since countless international visitors find that it is very safe. There are many factors that make this country become one of the most recommended places to visit in Asia:
- Political Stability: As a single-party socialist republic country, Vietnam has only one party system led by the Communist Party, so the political situation is quite stable.
- Low Crime Rate: Compared to many Western countries, the crime rate here is very low, and violent crimes toward foreigners are extremely rare. Moreover, the government has many strict measures to maintain safety all over the country, which prevents Vietnam from any terrorism.
- Nice Locals: The final reason making Vietnam the recommended place to visit is that Vietnamese people are kind and hospitable. Local people here are always willing to support and give directions to foreigners if they need any help.
Covid-19 Pandemic: Currently, travelers can feel comfortable while our country has stopped all Covid-19 requirements for overseas visitors as of May 15, 2022. As a result, admission into Vietnam is currently the same as it was before the epidemic.
Let's read more detail in our articles, is it safe to travel in Vietnam?
Tipping is not compulsory since it’s not part of Vietnam culture, you do not have to tip everywhere when traveling in the country. You can choose to tip as a thank you to the staff providing you with good services, they will be happy and highly appreciate that.
If you are wondering how much is suitable for tipping, check out our suggestions below:
Private Tours: US $7 - 10
Group Tours: US $3 - 5
|Taxi driver||US $3 - 5|
|Bellman||US $2 - 4|
|Housekeeper||About US $2|
|Restaurant Waiter/Waitress||US $1 - 3|
|Spa Staff||US $5 - 8|
Questions & Answers (255)
Planning to travel to Hanoi, halong, Sapa, Mai chau, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, and Mekong Delta for 18 days 4 pax in total from 26th Mar 2024 need a most economic package. tks in advance
In 18 days, you just can choose Sapa or Mai Chau only, other spots can be planned. Please have a look at two packages:
I wanna spend 2 weeks exploring Ho Chi Minh - Hoi An - Hue and have an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay (3d2n). Any available tours in Dec 2023?
Yes, we still have some available in Dec, and will customize it for you. Please check email.
Hi, I will be visiting Hanoi with family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids age-13,11) from 21st of Feb to 27th Mar. Can you give me quotation with full details?
As per your request, please have a look at the package: Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand 3 Weeks - from $2248 /pax which starts from Hanoi and travels to 3 Indochina countries. Our travel consultant will send you the full quotation via your email.
Hello. I am interested in your South Vietnam:Saigon and Mui Ne beach relaxation 7 days tour with my family of 3 adults. We do not want to go to the cu chi tunnels. Can the Cu Chi tunnels trip be changed for a different activity, please? Thank you
Yes, we can custom on that day for you into: Ho Chi Minh City Half Day & Saigon Night Life & Food Tour by Motorbike.
Hi, my wife and me would like to spend 7 days (09 Feb to 15 Feb) inclusive of flights, only in Hoi An and Da Nang. Do you have any small group package for the dates mentioned? We are from Singapore.
We can make it customized since your date drop to Lunar New Year in Vietnam. Price will come up about 30% due to holiday season.