classic street in Hanoi, Vietnam

If there is one place you should go before you die it is Vietnam! It is an exhilarating, heart warming, spiritual, and friendly country, with some of the most incredible scenery.

The chaotic streets, smiling locals, insanely delicious food, and the colourful buildings left a long lasting impression on me. The cities are as modern as any in the West, the beaches are never-ending, and the mountains and rivers are majestic.

This Vietnam At A Glance post has all the basic information you must know before you visit, and also some blog posts I wrote during my time there.

What To Expect

Language

Language is Vietnamese, however in big cities the locals have basic English. Many restaurants will have an English menu. Learning some basic phrases will always be appreciated though!

Religion

Vietnam, is officially an atheist nation. However, citizens are religion, the three most practiced religions are Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Currency

Currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND).

Cash is mostly used, especially at street vendors. Larger restaurants and cafes will accept card, but always carry cash on you in Vietnam. Find the HSBC ATMs as they do not charge an ATM fee!

Plugs

Vietnam uses plug types A, C, F, and G.
The voltage is 220 volt at a frequency of 50 Hz.

Visa Requirements

Citizens from all countries and territories can apply for a 90 day e-visa.

Sim Cards

I find the best option is an e-sim, Airalo never let me down during my time in Thailand.

You just download the app, choose the amount of data, and install the sim. It allows you to keep you home sim in your phone.

If you decide to use Airalo get $3 off with my code TARA1104.

Insurance

Do not take a chance, purchase travel insurance just in case you run into any medical issues. The best clinics for tourists in Vietnam are the international ones. I had a great experience with Raffles. However, these clinics are very expensive if you do not have insurance.

Vaccines

It is advisable to get the following vaccines prior to arriving in Vietnam. Hep A, Hep B, Tetanus, and Typhoid. Also consider the rabies vaccine, unfortunately monkeys and stray dogs can carry this.

You can get these vaccines from you GP, Boots, or a travel clinic in your town.

Danang in Vietnam
Danang in March | Vietnam Guide

Best Time To Visit Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.

Typhoon season in north Vietnam is during June and July, while typhoon season in central Vietnam occurs during September and October.

The best time to visit Vietnam depends on the region
North Vietnam: for cool and dry weather visit October – April
Central Vietnam: for warm temperatures, and less rainfall visit February – May
South Vietnam: for dry and less humid weather visit December – April

If you plan to visit the entire country September to December, along with March and May, are your best options for favourable weather.

How To Travel Around Vietnam

Apps To Download

Vietnamese Food To Try

Destinations