Vietnam FAQ- Best Vietnam travel tips

Vietnam FAQ

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isietnam travel tips. The most popular questions about Vietnam with he best answers we could find.

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1. What are the world heritage sites in Vietnam?

The most popular world heritage site in Vietnam is Halong Bay. The others are Hội An, Huế, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Mỹ Sơn, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng, Citadel of Hồ Dynasty and Tràng An.

2. What are the most useful Vietnam travel tips?

Be prepared to be cheated and ripped-off. Vietnamese like to take advantage of foreign tourists. Sometimes they double or triple the standard price. Remember that bargaining is a clue to success in Vietnam.

3. How long to visit Vietnam?

It depends on where you want to travel and what is your budget. If you have enough money for plane tickets, you can see best places in Vietnam in 2 weeks. If you plan to travel by buses or trains one month is a minimum.

4. What is Vietnam electrical plug?

Vietnam has a traditional 220V – 240V plug. It is used in most European, Asian, Afrian countries and Australia.

5. Speaking English in Vietnam. Do Vietnamese people speak English well?

It depends. But mostly yes, almost everyone knows basics of English language. You probably won’t have any problems in communication.

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6. What are Vietnam visa rules?

For most countries, Vietnam has no visa-on-arrival. The first option is to get it in the Vietnam Embassy in your country. The second and the more convenient choice is to apply for visa online. You will pay online and get the approval letter that will allow you to receive a visa on arrival.

7. Vietnam Visa Extension. How to extend Vietnamese visa?

It’s actually pretty simple. You can do it in big cities like Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi. All you need to do is pay. If you have a monthly visa, you can extend it for another month. If you have visa for 3 months, you can extend it for another 3 months.

It is impossible to stay in Vietnam longer than that period of time. You can extend visa twice, so you will have to leave the country, apply for the new visa and then come to Vietnam again.

8. Where to buy made in Vietnam products?

To be honest, you can buy them everywhere. Vietnamese people are very good sellers, so they will offer you something all the time.

9. Vietnam – DIY or via travelagency?

Definitely do it yourself! You will be able to see more and get to know the local culture. It is safe to travel through Vietnam, so you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You can find best Vietnam travel tips here and in other posts on our blog.

10. When to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam is beautiful all over the year, so any time is good! The best time to visit this country depends on where exactly you want to go. The weather is different in the south and in the north.

What are the perfect months with good weather everywhere? March, April or May.

11. What is an Internet speed in Vietnam?

Surprisingly good! Internet works great everywhere in Vietnam.

12. How to use mobile internet, local SIM card and cell phone in Vietnam?

It’s very easy. You can buy local SIM card everywhere in Vietnam (including airports). There seller will always help you to change the card and teach you how to use it.

Halong Bay from above


13. What are the prices in Vietnam?

Vietnam is one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia. The price of accommodation and food is really low. For hotel with good wifi, AC and private bathroom in Hanoi, we paid about $15 for a night. A meal would cost $2-$3. One of the most important Vietnam travel tips is that this country is good for party- the beer, the alcohol and cigarettes are very cheap.

14. How much money will I need in Vietnam?

It depends how long are you going to stay in this country and what are your requirements? Vietnam is very cheap. You can easily find a double room with private bathroom for $15. A bed in a dormitory would cost about $5. If you want to travel on a budget, you will need less than $15 for a day to.

15. In what currency pay in Vietnam? Should I pay in dollars or dong?

You can pay either in Vietnamese dong or American dollars. It really doesn’t matter, these two currencies are acceptable everywhere in Vietnam.

Note! It’s official illegal to pay in other currency than dong in Vietnam. almost nobody care about this rule though.

16. Money in Vietnam-  Cash, Cards & ATMs.

ATMs are available everywhere in Vietnam. It’s safe to withdraw money directly from your bank account. Most places (hotels, shops, restaurant) accept credit card payments. But not all of them! It’s always good to have some cash with you.

17. What are ATM withdrawal limit in Vietnam?

It depends on the bank. The maximum what we have seen was 8 million dong (about $350).

Vietnam interesting facts Vietnamese currency


18. How to travel through Vietnam?

Open Bus Vietnam is probably the most convenient way of travel through Vietnam. It works like a hop on hop off bus. You can stop in one city, explore it and then take another bus to go somewhere else. Brilliant!

19. How to get to Vietnam?

The easiest and the most convenient way is to travel by plane. There are plenty of international flights to Vietnam. Two biggest airports are in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC/ Saigon).

You can also travel to Vietnam by bus or train from neighbouring countries like Cambodia, China or Laos. It’s cheaper option but not as comfortable as a plane.

20. What are taxi fares in Vietnam?

In a perfect world, taxi fare would be the same everywhere in Vietnam and there will be no scams. Unfortunately, it’s not how it works in a real world.

Taxi fares are different and not every taxi driver would use a meter to give you the best price. One of the best Vietnam travel tips is to always set a cost of ride before you get to a taxi. And don’t forget to bargain.

21. How to get to Hanoi?

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the country. Hanoi is located in northern Vietnam in the Vietnam’s Red River delta.

  • By Air- Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai)

Noi Bai International Airport is situated 15km from Hanoi. List of airlines and destination flight to/from Hanoi Airport:

AirAsiaKuala Lumpur–International
Air MacauMacau
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Haneda
Asiana AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
Cambodia Angkor AirPhnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientiane
Cebu PacificManila
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesKunming, Nanning
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou
DragonairHong Kong
EVA AirTaipei–Taoyuan
Hong Kong AirlinesHong Kong
Japan AirlinesTokyo–Narita
Jeju AirBusan, Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesDa Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Tuy Hoa, Vinh
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong
Jin AirSeoul–Incheon
Kenya Airways1Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Lao AirlinesLuang Prabang, Vientiane
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International
Mandarin AirlinesTaichung
Nok AirBangkok-Don Mueang
Qatar AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Doha
Silk AirSingapore
Singapore AirlinesSingapore
Sky Angkor AirlinesSiem Reap
Thai AirAsiaBangkok–Don Mueang
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish Airlines2Istanbul–Atatürk
VietJet AirBuon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Chu Lai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Quy Nhon
VietJet AirBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Seoul–Incheon, Siem Reap, Taipei–Taoyuan
Vietnam AirlinesBuon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Chu Lai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dien Bien Phu, Dong Hoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Vinh
Vietnam AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Busan, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur–International, London–Heathrow, Luang Prabang, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Yangon
  • By train- Hang Co station

List of places that you can get from/to Hanoi:

Phủ Lý Railway Station (Phủ Lý, Hà Nam Province)
Nam Định Railway Station (Nam Định, Nam Định Province)
Thanh Hóa Railway Station (Thanh Hóa, Thanh Hóa Province)
Vinh Railway Station (Vinh, Nghệ An Province)
Tân Ấp Railway Station (Tân Ấp, Quảng Bình Province)
Đồng Hới Railway Station (Đồng Hới, Quảng Bình Province)
Đông Hà Railway Station (Đông Hà, Quảng Trị Province)
Huế Railway Station (Huế, Thừa Thiên–Huế Province)
Da Nang Railway Station (Da Nang)
Tam Kỳ Railway Station (Tam Kỳ, Quảng Nam Province)
Quảng Ngãi Railway Station (Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Ngãi Province)
Diêu Trì Railway Station (Qui Nhơn, Bình Định Province)
Tuy Hòa Railway Station (Tuy Hòa, Phú Yên Province)
Nha Trang Railway Station (Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa Province)
Mương Mán Railway Station (Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận Province
Saigon Railway Station (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • By bus- Open Bus Vietnam

This is probably the most convenient way of travel through Vietnam. It works like a hop on hop off bus. You can stop in one city, explore it and then take another bus to go somewhere else. Brilliant!

22. How to get to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)?

  • By air – Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport

This is the biggest airport in Vietnam. It’s located approximatly 40km from north Ho Chi Minh City. Below you can find the routes from HCMC airport:

Air AstanaAlmaty
Air ChinaBeijing-Capital
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
AirAsiaJohor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang
Air New ZealandSeasonal: Auckland
All Nippon Airways
operated by Air Japan
Asiana AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
Cambodia Angkor AirPhnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientiane
Cambodia Bayon AirlinesPhnom Penh
Cathay PacificHong Kong
Cebu PacificManila
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesKunming, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen, Wuhan
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi
EVA AirTaipei–Taoyuan
FinnairSeasonal: Helsinki
Hong Kong AirlinesHong Kong
Japan AirlinesTokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
Jet AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Mumbai
Jetstar Asia AirwaysSingapore
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesBuon Ma Thuot, Chu Lai, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Vinh, Da Lat, Thanh Hoa, Quy Nhon, Dong Hoi, Tuy Hoa
Seasonal : Nha Trang
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Singapore, Macau
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Lao AirlinesPakse, Vientiane
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International
Malindo AirKuala Lumpur–International
Mandarin AirlinesKaohsiung, Taichung
Nok AirBangkok-Don Mueang
Philippine AirlinesManila
Qatar AirwaysDoha, Phnom Penh
Royal Brunei AirlinesBandar Seri Begawan
Sichuan AirlinesChengdu, Hangzhou, Nanning
Singapore AirlinesSingapore
Thai AirAsiaBangkok–Don Mueang
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk1
T’way AirlinesSeoul-Incheon
United AirlinesHong Kong
VietJet AirBuon Ma Thuot, Chu Lai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dong Hoi, Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku , Qui Nhon, Thanh Hoa, Vinh
VietJet AirBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan, Seoul–Incheon, Yangon
Vietnam AirlinesBuon Ma Thuot, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dong Hoi, Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Qui Nhon, Rach Gia, Thanh Hoa, Vinh
Vietnam Airlines
operated by VASCO
Ca Mau, Chu Lai, Con Dao, Tuy Hoa
Vietnam AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Denpasar, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur–International, London–Heathrow, Moscow–Domodedovo, Melbourne, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Yangon
  • By train
  • By water
  • By coach buses

23. How to get to Sapa?

There are two ways to get to Sapa.

  • Train+ bus

Take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (travel time is 8-9 hours). It is 40 km from the Sapa. Then take a taxi or bus to Sapa.

  • Bus

Direct bus from Hanoi to Sapa. The travel will take 6-7 hours.

24. How to get to Mai Chau?

You can go there either by public bus or by private car. We believe that the second option is more convenient. Mai Chau is a small village, so it’s a great idea to go there only for 1-2 days. Most hotels can organise a transport for you. We paid $25 each way for private car. It was really comfortable trip. The best part of it is that you can ask the driver to stop anytime you want, so that you can take awesome pictures of Mai Chau mountainous area!

25. How to get to Danang?

It is the third largest city in Vietnam, so it is very easy to get there. It is located midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The best way to get there is to take a bus or train.

  • Air

Da Nang Airport is the smallest of three international airports in Vietnam.
Below you can find the routes from Danang airport:

AirAsiaKuala Lumpur–International
Air BusanBusan
Air MacauMacau
Asiana AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
Charter: Cheongju
Bangkok AirwaysBangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Beijing Capital AirlinesSanya
China Eastern AirlinesBeijing-Capital, Kunming, Nanning, Wenzhou
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou, Nanning
DragonairHong Kong
HK ExpressHong Kong
Jeju AirSeoul-Incheon
Jetstar Asia AirwaysSingapore
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesMacau, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
Jin AirBusan, Seoul-Incheon
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Lao AirlinesPakse, Savannakhet, Vientiane
SilkAirSiem Reap, Singapore
VietJet AirCan Tho, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
Vietnam AirlinesBuon Ma Thuot, Chengdu, Chongqing, Da Lat, Haikou, Hai Phong, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nanjing, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Seoul–Incheon, Siem Reap, Shijiazhuang, Tokyo–Narita, Vinh, Wenzhou, Wuhan
Charter: Taiyuan

26. What is online/ e-ticket booking system for Vietnam railways?

it’s very easy to buy a train ticket online in Vietnam. You just need to visit this site, choose the date, the route and the seat. Payments are also processed online.

27. What is the best location in Vietnam?

We liked Mai Chau the most. It’s a hidden gem of Vietnam and only few tourists visit this place. Our second favourite is Hanoi. We didn’t really like the south of Vietnam.

28. How to get from Vietnam to Cambodia?

The best is to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City. But it will be a very difficult journey! Click here for more.

29. How to get from Vietnam to China?

There are 3 main border crossings between Vietnam and China. Mong Cai/ Dong Hung, Dong Dang/ Ping Xian and Lao Cai/ Hekou.

The easiest way to get there is to take a bus or train.

30. How to get from Hanoi to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)?

The fastest way is to fly. You can also take a direct train. Depending on the seats, ticket price is between $50 to $100 one way. Traveling time is quite long 9-11 hours.

31. How to get to Halong?

Halong is situated in Nothern Vietnam, so it all depends on from where you will travel. It’s very easy to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It’s only 3 hours drive by bus.

If you will be traveling from southern Vietnam or from abroad, take a plane to Hanoi or Danang. It’s the fastest way to get to Halong.

32. How to get from HCMC to Phonm Penn in Cambodia?

The best is to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City. But it will be a very difficult journey!

33. How is the traffic in Vietnam? It is safe when travelling by bike or motorbike?

Traffic jam is a huge problem in big cities (Hanoi, HCMC) of Vietnam. We wouldn’t recommend anyone to try ride a bike or motorbike there. It’ s a good idea to use these modes of transport in less crowded places like Halong Bay though.


Safety and Vietnam travel tips

34. Vietnam Travel Agencies – can I trust them?

Yes, you can. Vietnam is like any other country in the world, so you probably won’t have any bad experience in using travel agencies services.

35. What are Vietnam popular scams?

Unfortunately, scams are very common in Vietnam. The most popular is doubling or tripling the price for tourists. So always remember to bargain in Vietnam!

36. Is it safe in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a safe country. Unfortunately you can ‘meet’ many picketpocket in VN, Saigon, Hanoi and other touristic spots.

37. What do you think about keeping valuables in room in Vietnam?

We think it’s fine. We left valuables in our hotel rooms and nobody robbed us. Of course it’s always a good idea to keep everything in a safe deposit boxes.

Vietnam travel tips Questions and answers about Vietnam

Things to do

38. What to do in Hanoi?

  • 1 day in Hanoi– Vietnam travel tips

Spend your time in an Old Quarter area. Try local food, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Vietnamese Women’s Museum,.

  • 3 day in Hanoi– Vietnam travel tips

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Museum of Ethnology. See the Puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Visit a Temple of Literature and National University. Go to Hoa Lo Prison.

  • 7 days in Hanoi– Vietnam travel tips

A week is a lot of time in Hanoi. You will be able to see all the best places in Hanoi. You should Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Museum of Ethnology and Vietnamese Women’s Museum. In the evening see the Puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Visit a Temple of Literature and National University. Go to Hoa Lo Prison. Take awesome pictures od Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site.

39. Where is the best place to enjoy coffee in Ha Noi?

There are many awesome cafes in Hanoi, especially in an old Quarter Area. We made a list of our favourite in a separate post. You can read it here.

40. What to do in Ho Chi Minh City?

See the Notre Dame cathedral and stroll around the Old French Quarter.

  • 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City– Vietnam travel tips

See the Notre Dame cathedral and stroll around the Old French Quarter. Ask your hotel to help you book one-day trip to Mekong Delta.

41. What to do in Halong?

  • 1 day in Halong– Vietnam travel tips

Take a one-day cruise to Halong Bay. There are plenty of offers of trips like this at local travel agencies. You can also ask your hotel to organise a trip for you.

  • 3 days in Halong– Vietnam travel tips

Take 1 or 2 day cruise at Halong Bay. Rent a motorbike and drive around to take some awesome photos!

  • 7 days in Halong– Vietnam travel tips

We spent a week in Halong and we think it’s just too much. If you still have possibility to change your plans, spend less time in Halong. 3 days is definitely enough.

42. Halong cruises – where to book?

The easiest is to book a cruise online or in your hotel. We have a separate post about Halong Bay cruise. You can read it here.

43. How to organise Mai Chau Bike Trip?

There’s really nothing to organise. When you arrive to Mai Chau, you will find many places where you can rent a bike.

Riding surrounded by rice fields is amazing, it was actually the best thing we have done in Vietnam!


TET- Vietnamese New Year

44. Tet Festival & Perfume Pagoda Festival – should I visit Vietnam at these dates? – Chineese Lunar New Year

Yes! It’s great to watch Vietnamese people celebrating New Year. We’ve spent the entire TET in Hanoi and it was great.

Even though it’s a big holiday, most shops and restaurants are open in touristic areas. Unfortunately, the prices are always higher during TET. One of the best Vietnam travel tips is to always bargain to get the best price!

45. Where to go during Tet? What are Vietnam travel tips for TET?

If you are in Hanoi, the best is to spend this time in an Old Quarter area. At midnight there is a big firework show that cannot be missed!

46. Where to stay during Tet in Vietnam?

The best is to stay in popular tourist destinations, like HCMC or Hanoi. Regardless TET, you will still be able to sightseeing, go to restaurants and have fun.

47. When do things get back to normal after TET?

It will take about a week or two for things to get back to normal after TET. One of the best Vietnam travel tips for this is to just enjoy your stay and celebrate this time with local people.

Vietnam interesting facts TET

Where to go

48. What to do during two weeks in Vietnam? Vietnam travel tips.

It depends what is your budget. If you have enough money, you can book domestic flights in Vietnam to be able to travel fast. Traveling across the country is too time-consuming for for such a short period of time.

We have been in Northern and Southern Vietnam and we definitely like North more! Hanoi, Sapa, Mai Chau are beautiful places and (in our opinion) thousand times better than Mekong Delta or Ho Chi Minh city.

49. What is the best place for Honeymoon in Vietnam?

Definitely northern Vietnam: Mai Chau or Sapa. These are very relaxing places, great for the honeymoon.

Vietnamese woman on a bike


50. What (and where) to eat in Vietnam?

There are many restaurants is Vietnam, so you won’t be hungry there for sure.

Some local specialities are Bun Cha (meat, noodles, veggies and delicious soup), banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), Pho (world famous Vietnamese soup), Eggnog coffee (delicious coffee with egg).

51. Where eat dog in Vietnam? Vietnam travel tips.

Yes, it’s possible to eat dog in Vietnam, no matter how disgusting it may sound to you. Dog meat is actually very popular there, so you won’t have any problem in finding restaurant with this ‘delicacy’. Just look for words Cho Meo which means dog meat.

52. What are the best Vietnamese snacks?

Our favourite snacks are sweet ones: Banh ran (fried mini rice donuts) and Me Xung Hue (delicious sweet snack with peanuts). The full list of Vietnamese snacks and dishes you can find here.

53. What are the rules/ safety Vietnam travel tips for eating and drinking?

Tap water in Vietnam is not drinkable. So don’t drink it. If you are very cautious, you should use bottle water to wash your teeth.

Unfortunately, Vietnam is not the best country when it comes to hygiene. Local restaurants are always very dirty and we even found a hair in our food twice. Our advice is: choose only super clean restaurants, even if you have to pay a little bit more.

54. Food delivery and pizza delivery in VN.

Yes, it is possible to order food online in touristy areas of Vietnam (Hanoi, HCMC etc.)

We used this website. It’s not perfect though. Delivery was often late or we didn’t get exactly what we want. The customer service was terrible as well. Sadly, there is no other option for food delivery in Vietnam so far.

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