Travelling to Vietnam: The 13 Things You Need to Know Before You Go
Vietnam was nothing like it used to be. I remember first visiting when I was close to six years old. My parents attempted to wow me by showing me how they used to live growing up. It was something far from glitz and glamour (nobody said it was full of glitz and glamour, but I was six so anywhere away from home was considered glamorous). Now, what never used to be a top choice as a tourist destination is quite the opposite today. Vietnam is an unbelievably beautiful country where you can really soak in the culture, learn some valuable life lessons and embrace the rewarding experience that the country will provide you.
Travelling to Vietnam for the first time can be daunting. If you’re not prepared, you can end up in some quite traumatic experiences. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the 13 essential things you need to know before visiting so your trip can go smoothly. And if there’s anywhere you need to travel smart, it’s Vietnam.
Documentation you need before travelling to Vietnam
1. Make your visa a priority
2. Take extra copies of your passport
Your trip whilst in Vietnam
3. Vietnam is bigger than you think
4. Beware of counterfeit tour agencies
5. Keep a close watch on your belongings
6. Avoid drinking the tap water
7. Crossing the street may be a bit of an issue
The trick is to cross the road at a slow pace all the way and hold your arm out to let the drivers know you are crossing. This will give them time to spot you and go around you.
8. Check your travel vaccinations
The recommended ones for Vietnam is:
- Hepatitis A – due to the possibilities of contaminated food and water in Vietnam.
- Typhoid – also due to the possibilities of contaminated food and water but more importantly if you’re visiting the smaller towns or rural areas.
9. And the price is…whatever you choose to pay for it
10. Taxi scams are common
11. Wi-fi is great!
12. Be careful with your card
13. Some places have curfews
There may be a lot to take in beforehand when it comes to travelling to Vietnam but this country is. truly an experience you’ll remember and won’t regret. Let me know in the comments below about your experience if you’ve visited Vietnam before!