Vietnam is one of the most attractive country and attract tourists in the world. And having a fun and happy trip when traveling in Vietnam you need to know some tips the followings:
1. Crossing the road: To overcome this difficult challenge, you should slowly keep pace with the crowd on the road, keep a stable speed, do not hesitate, do not texting or look at the map when crossing the road. The flow of vehicles will automatically adjust to you.
2. Be careful with dog meat, cat meat: You will easily eat them if not notice. Learn to speak these two Vietnamese words in order to distinguish. Although the law against cat meat consumption was enacted in 1977, this dish still appears profusely. They also smuggle cats from China and Laos into Vietnam. In the menu, cat meat is call “tiểu hổ” (small tiger).
3. Vietnamese currency: Rate of exchange for Vietnamese Dong per dollar is about 21,734. Foreign visitors need to notice the number to tip exactly. The secret is that you should remember the color of each note to avoid mistaking.
4. Pronouncing the word “phở” correctly: You can this delicious dish everywhere. You should try to pronounce this word correctly to avoid mistaking when ordering.
5. Preparing seasonal clothes: In the summer, Vietnam’s weather is hot and wet, so you can leave jeans at home. In the winter, it is very cold in the North; you should bring a heavy coat. Watch the weather forecast before setting off and bring an umbrella in case it rains.
6. Asking for taxi and tour guide price first: If there are three members in your group, the price may be the same or cheaper than booking a tour in case you rent a car and a tour guide by yourself. When going on a tour separately, you can make decision on when to leave the hotel, where to eat, how many places to visit, when to come back the hotel and so on by yourself; but when joining a tour, you cannot do that at all.
7. Be careful with taxi “dù” (a kind of taxi which does not have a business registration certificate): At the airport, there are a lot of taxi drivers defrauding you. You should book a taxi at the hotel to avoid being over-charged. You also do not have to pay for road tax, so if the driver asks for this, just refuse. Drivers in Vietnam often do not obey the traffic regulations. Ask them not to take the phone call while driving because they may drive in the wrong side and charge higher than the real price, not including a lot of other risks.
8. Passport is at least six-month valid: You must be sure that your passport is still six-month valid after you arrive in Vietnam. A passenger sitting next to me on the flight to Hanoi was not permitted to enter because his passport was only available in 5 months. Customs officers in Vietnam are very strict in this situation.
9. There are many ways to apply for a visa: You can send you passport through the post office to Vietnamese embassy in Washington DC and it will take you a month to get your visa. You can also apply for a visa on arrival, but you need a visa approval letter through a visa service of about 50 USD.
10. Buying a Vietnamese SIM card on your arrival: You can buy a SIM card at the airport. When your phone is out of credit, you can buy a phone card at any corner of the street. You can also use free application to make phone call, send message if Wi-Fi is available. However, remember to turn off roaming mode before using Wi-Fi.
Further NEWS and TIPS we have experienced which updated to help all of you when you move to Hanoi for bussiness or visiting in particular and Vietnam in general.