Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Vietnam

I have to admit, I have never been that interested in visiting Vietnam, but lately it seems to have become a popular travel dentation, and has kind of peaked my interest. I always seem to be more interested in places based on who’s history I enjoy more, so I’m usually lean towards the European countries and the more historical cities in the US, but I have to say Vietnam looks like a pretty breathtaking! Today Peter Minkoff is sharing the five things you need to know before visiting Vietnam!
Are you in the mood for a tropical vacation with a touch of adventure? Well, you’re in luck, because Vietnam is one of the top destinations for 2019! This SE Asian country is rich with gorgeous nature, finger-licking food and friendly people, so you’re bound to have an amazing time. However, if you’re a first-time visitor, here are a few things you must know before visiting Vietnam.

The Visa is Easy to Procure 

Most people have no problems getting a visa for Vietnam, no matter where they come from. However, the process is a bit confusing, especially with all the travel agencies offering pre-approval services and competing for customers. Also, there are many websites online that look legit but are not exactly official. There’s only one official e-visa site set up by the Vietnamese government, so if you want a single entry, 30-day visa, make sure to choose that website. 
If you wish to stay longer than 30 days, you’ll need a pre-approval letter to enter the country. Most places that issue this letter are legit, but things do tend to get unnecessary confusing for tourists! 

The Weather is Capricious 

No matter where you’re going in Vietnam, expect a lot of humidity and heat. The country’s climate is mild tropical or subtropical, so if you plan to keep your curly hair nice and straight and your face full of makeup, you can forget about it! All in all, you can definitely expect some rain in the summer and fall, while in the north, temperatures tend to be freezing in the winter. 
However, Central Vietnam is warm all year round, but in the summer, temperatures get unbearably hot (getting accommodation with an air conditioner is simply a must if you want to get some sleep). Make sure to check the weather before you embark on your adventure and pack accordingly. 

The Country is Huge

Vietnam is a big country! To travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in the south, you’ll need about 30 hours. However, if you’re not in a hurry, definitely use any type of land vehicle to reach your destinations, because Vietnam is so beautiful and full of natural wonders that will simply leave you speechless. For instance, you can find manual motorcycles for rent in Vietnam in many cities, so you can spice up your trip with some adventure. How much is it to rent a motorcycle in Vietnam? You’re in luck because you can find offers that will hook you up with a bike from $10 a day to $250 for 1 month travelling across Vietnam! That’s more than affordable for anyone’s pocket! 

Don’t Expect to Hear English Everywhere You Turn

While most SE Asian people tend to be multilingual (especially people working in hotels, restaurants and shops) not many Vietnamese people speak English. If they do, they know only a few words, so make sure to grab a dictionary and learn some useful phrases. Additionally, the entire country has great internet coverage, so you’ll be able to use Google Translate and other tools on your trip! 

You’ll Manage to Travel on a Budget

If you want, you can certainly find a way to splurge in Vietnam, but it’s also very easy to travel the country on a moderate budget. There are lovely accommodation options from $20 to $40 a night and you can find excellent restaurants that serve food for around $10 per person. Their beer is also very cheap yet super tasty, so don’t hesitate to try some! 
Vietnam’s beauty will definitely leave a memorable first impression and make you fall in love with its laid-back vibe. Luckily, getting there is pretty cheap and easy, so you’ll certainly want go back for a second taste of Vietnam! 

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