Vietnam – my amazing beautiful home land, the most rewarding country to explore with friendly people always warmly welcomes you all !
As the most attractive Destination in Asia, Vietnam attracts more and more international tourists ( 2018- 15.5 million foreign visitors ) and Vietnamese who are traveling to discover amazing landscapes with over 10 World HERITAGE sites ( please look at the Map to see more World heritages), colorful culture of 54 Ethnic Minority group,delicious variety local cuisine ,long emotional history with over 3000 years , long skinny country with 3200 km long coastline with white sand beautiful beaches with high standard of Resorts and hotels.
How to travel to Vietnam to enjoy , relax, discover …for dream holiday with great experiences and you not only see the World but also change the world to make our planet better place to live?
At AVT , with passionate experienced Team , offers best advices with best sample tours or and also specializes in tailor-made trips that accommodate your specific travel interests.
Where to start to travel in long country – Vietnam ?
From the north or the South ?
If you love more traditional ,historical and cultural …Starting from North with Mai Châu ,Sapa , Hà Giang … with colorful culture of 54 ethnic minorities like terraced hills of Sapa, Mai Chau… to the bustling Old Quarter and ambient French District of Hanoi, a MUST SEE Halong Bay -World natural heritage ,from historic Hue Ancient capital to charming peaceful Hoi An Ancient town, from the azure beaches of Nha Trang-9 most beautiful bay of the world ,Phong Nha Caving with Paradise Cave, Son Doong -largest one in the world or Relaxing Mui Ne beach and resort … to the rolling countryside of the south Central Highlands, from the manic pace of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)-used to be the head quarter of South Republic of Vietnam during Vietnam War, to the lazy rhythms of the Mekong River –Rice basket of Vietnam .. . are best ideas to gain all what you expect ! Please look at our Sample Tours !
Most popular sites and Travel guides of Vietnam:
Before you go:
- Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
- Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
- Day pack for your personal needs during the day
- Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
- Cell phone and cell phone charger
- Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
- Travel plug/international adapter
- Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
- Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution
Best things to bring along:
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Refillable water bottle with filter
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
- Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants/skirts, long sleeved tops)
- Waterproof jacket/raincoat/umbrella
- Hat & sunglasses
- Bathing suit
- Ear plugs & eye mask
- Sleep sheet for home stays/trains
- Lightweight travel towel
- Local language phrasebook
Visas and Entry Requirements
Please note that visas for Vietnam is the responsibility of the individual traveller. Let’s know if you need help for Visa.The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your governments foreign ministry website or with your travel agent as rules do change.
VIETNAM – If you are arriving at the Hanoi airport, you can get a visa on arrival if you have arranged an official Vietnam visa approval letter beforehand. Otherwise Vietnamese visas need to be arranged ahead of time (BEFORE your trip). For many nationalities, an E-visa can not be processed if entering Vietnam at a land border. As of March 2017, a select 40 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-visa at a land border. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible.
Please note that while MOST countries require a Visa ahead of time for Vietnam, certain countries may be allowed entrance for 15 days with proof of exit. As of July 1st, 2015 this will include citizens of Scandinavian countries, Japan, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. However, we STRONGLY recommend checking with your Embassy on the requirements as these change often. Please contact your Foreign Ministry for up to date entry/exit requirements. Your sales agent can assist with departure documentation from Vietnam once we are within 30 days from departure.
GETTING AROUND IN VIETNAM:
As a developing country, Vietnam’s transportation network continues to improve. Land vehicles are sturdy, the domestic flight networks continue to evolve, and the prices are pretty reasonable with different choices of Ailines.
Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Pacific Airlines are the three main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequency of flights to main hubs is good. Flights can be a handy way to lop off a day of travel for not as many Dongs as you may expect. Note that it is often cheaper to buy domestic tickets in Vietnam than from online brokers and book in advance !
Vietnam’s train system or Reunification Express Train is much better than it is used to be, and while First Class, it is comfortable, exceedingly scenic in places, and overall, a very interesting and fun way to travel. If you are traveling during high season or during Tet,Holiday book as far in advance as possible. The train railways run primarily on the Vietnamese coastline, with just a couple of spurs out of Hanoi, most notably are stopping in Hue, Danang for Hoi An, Nha Trang …
Local buses and minibuses
These take about as long as Open Tours but can be overloaded to outrageous degrees. Local buses and minibuses are fine for trips under three to four hours, but longer than that can be a bit grueling. One disadvantage of the local bus system is that the bus station hubs that they operate from are often on the outskirts of town and the transportation to and from these hubs -xe om local name will put a significant dent in your wallet, reducing any savings you might hope to achieve.
Nowadays more and more modern buses with Soft sleeper –double deck that you can choose but still long drive…
Now Rental cars for long distance travel are yet to be popularized in Vietnam, and seeing the state of the traffic it’s easy to see why. For those who prefer to self-cater, it is recommended to do it via motorcycle rather than car. But traffic is Vietnam is much different and so crazy!
Estimated about 42 million motorbike all over Vietnam, so Motorbikes services are popular for people. Now Grab a Minsk and hit the road. These bikes can be purchased for as little as a few hundred US dollars and you’ll often find it easy to sell the bike off to another traveler when the time comes to leave Vietnam. These bikes are semi-reliable, but just about any local with a screwdriver should be able to fix it up should you have any minor troubles. For your safety, invest in a helmet which can be easily purchased in both Hanoi and Saigon.But for short ride is recommended!
Vietnam is a great destination for cyclists as it used to more before. Every town in Vietnam offers some form of accommodations, so finding a room for the night shouldn’t be difficult. Make sure to pack a good supply of inner tubes and patch kits and if possible, bring your own bike as Vietnamese bikes are not top tier. The country has a good network of secondary roads which are far preferable to the main roads or off the beaten track for great scenery or view of Biking tours!
Mekong Delta is great place where you can travel in boats for short haul trips and take freighters for longer trips; the former are usually more comfortable. Boat transport is slow – set aside two days for a trip from My Tho to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border. The most popular routes are the ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau, and the boats from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. Boat travel generally works out to be more expensive than bus travel for the same route.
Otherwise great waterway to travel around Mekong delta to observe best local life!
VIETNAM WEATHER & CLIMATE
As long skinny country, Vietnam has variety climate for different regions:
In the north, from Hanoi to Hue, there are 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
In the central region and the south: from Hoian to Mekong Delta, sunshine lasts throughout the year, except for the months of November and December when heavy rainfalls occur. Dalat, at an altitude of 1500m, is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. Sometimes from July to September experience typhoon activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes bit cooler, more overcast and wet.
Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, there are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season falls between April and September, with sudden heavy showers that don’t last very long. The dry season spans the months of October to March, with higher temperatures and long days of sunshine, followed by cooler nights.