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Introducing Vietnam

One of my absolute favorite countries for travel! In the south, you'll find the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, one of the fastest growing commercial capitals in the world, as well as tropical islands like Phu Quoc. 

Venture north to Hanoi and learn some of the country's complicated history before setting out to explore the surrounding countryside. While (too) many travelers flock to Ha Long Bay for the iconic shot of limestone karsts jutting out of the ocean, get off the beaten path by exploring Bai Tu Long Bay instead. Or head into the hills for trekking through the picturesque rice terraces of Sa Pa. Whatever you plan to do, just know Vietnam has an energy to it that is hard to describe - you just have to visit and feel it for yourself. 

Plan Your Trip to Vietnam:


Language: In larger cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, you shouldn't have much problems communicating in English. For other parts of Vietnam, especially rural towns and mountainous areas, we suggest to bring along a Vietnamese phrasebook.

Currency: Vietnamese Dong ($1 = ~23,313.50 dong).

Credit Cards & ATMs: In larger cities such as Saigon, Ha Noi, and Da Nang, ATMs are widely available. Major hotels and restaurants in these cities also accept debit/credit cards, but you would need to shell out cash when paying for smaller-scale establishments or sidewalk stalls.

Plugs: Type A, C or F, 220V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Other than the common motorbike-related scams and accidents, Vietnam is a very safe place to visit. Still, it is a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.

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  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Hoi An

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As Vietnam is a tropical country, you'll be faced with either the summer heat or a torrential downpour at its worst. To avoid experiencing any of these extreme weather conditions, it's best to plan your trip during the months of September to December or March to April when the temperatures are much more comfortable.

Vietnam Trivia and Facts

  • Unlike most countries, Vietnam's main mode of transportation is the motorbike.
  • Vietnam is one of the top largest coffee producing nations, second only to Brazil!
  • The Hang Son Doong Cave is known to be the world's largest natural cave.
  • Nguyen is the most commonly encountered family name.
  • Snake wine is a common wine in Vietnam.


October 14, 2019

What to Pack for Vietnam


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Driving in Vietnam

Vietnam drives on the right hand side of the road. When deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

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