Where is Vietnam?
Located in South East Asia and bordering both Laos and Cambodia to the West, with China to the North.
Is Vietnam a safe country to travel to?
Vietnam is a safe country for travelers. The crime rate is generally low, and violent crimes against tourists are rare. However, like in any other destination, it’s advisable to remain cautious and take standard safety precautions. Keep an eye on your belongings, avoid isolated areas at night, and be cautious of common tourist scams.
When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?
There is no best time to travel to Vietnam, it depends on where you plan to go visit. For beach lovers, from June to August. The best time for trekking in the north could be: March, April, May, September, October.
Peak season in Vietnam stretches over two periods of time for most international visitors: Spring (March to May) and autumn/ winter ( October to December).
The weather in Vietnam differs between the south and north.
Up to the north, cool to cold seasons: November to March. Warm seasons: April to September. Avoid typhoon season Jul- Aug, it affects Halong Bay cruise tour.
Down to the south from Danang, generally it is warm the whole year, average temperature is around 25-30 degree celsius. Avoid the flooding season Sept – Oct.
Do Vietnamese speak English?
Vietnamese is the official language however English is understood by most people in big cities.
Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
For most nationalities, you must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.
An eVisa is available for some nationalities including passport holders from Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China,Hong Kong, Macau, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithiuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Norway, Nauru, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Solomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, United States of America, The U.A.E., Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Western Samoa valid for a single entry of a maximum of 30 days stay in Vietnam. You can apply yourself at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/home
You don’t need a visa for 30 days stay if you are one of these countries passport holder: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Chile.
You don’t need a visa for 21 days stay if you are from The Philippines.
You don’t need a visa for 14 days stay if you are one of these countries passport holder: Myanmar, Brunei.
How long should I spend in Vietnam?
You should spend 2 weeks or 3 weeks, enough to see most of the highlight of Vietnam or 4 weeks that will allow you more time to enjoy the beach. Depending on how you are travelling and how strict your plans are.
If you are searching for a vietnam itinerary 14 days, we recommend you to visit north to south vietnam 14 days including must-visit destinations in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang/ Phu Quoc or choose to go visit the area for each visit: The North Vietnam tour such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa/ Pu Luong/ Ha Giang, Ninh Binh. Central: Da Nang, Hoian, Hue. The South Vietnam tour : Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Quy Nhon, Phu Quoc.
Halong Bay and Hoian are top tourist attractions in Vietnam.
Are there direct flights from Australia to Vietnam?
Yes, there are direct flights from Australia to Vietnam. Many airlines offer direct flights between major Australian cities and various airports in Vietnam.
Qantas: Offers direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to both Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.
Vietnam Airlines: Operates direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. They also offer direct flights from Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City.
Jetstar: Provides direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City.
Virgin Australia: Operates direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City.
Bamboo Airways: Provides direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City but not everyday
Vietjet Air: Operates direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City but not everyday
The flight time from Australia to Vietnam is 8 to 10 hours, depends on the departure city and destination in Vietnam.
Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City: Around 8 to 9 hours.
Sydney to Hanoi: Around 9 to 10 hours.
Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Around 8 to 9 hours.
Melbourne to Hanoi: Around 9 to 10 hours.
Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City: Around 9 to 10 hours.
How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam from Australia?
The cost of traveling from Australia to Vietnam vary depending on the time of year, airline, travel class, accommodation choices, duration of stay, and personal preferences.
Flights: The cost of round-trip flights from Australia to Vietnam can range from around AU$ 500 to AU$ 1,500 or more, depending on the airline, season, and how far in advance you book.
Accommodation: On average, mid-range hotels budget can range from AU$ 50 to AU$ 150 per night. 5 star hotels or resorts can cost AU$ 150 and above per night. It can vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose, ranging from 3 star to luxury hotels.
Food: You can find delicious street food and local restaurants where a meal can cost anywhere from AU$ 4 to AU$ 10 per person. Dining in higher-end restaurants or touristy areas may cost more but generally quite affordable.
Sightseeing and activities: The cost of sightseeing and activities in Vietnam can vary widely. Entrance fees to popular attractions, such as museums or historical sites, can range from a few dollars to around AUD 10 or more. Prices for guided tours or adventure activities can vary depending on the type and duration of the activity.
Can I drink the water in Vietnam?
No, not water from the tap, its also advisable to avoid ice in drinks. You can buy water bottle or ask your guide for where filtered water can be found.
Is WIFI generally available?
Free internet access is widely available in tourist areas and big cities at cafes, restaurants, hotels… although remote and mountainous areas may have weak signal.
Are international credit cards accepted in Vietnam?
Major international credit cards are widely accepted by big shops, hotels and restaurants in cities in Vietnam. However, they may not be accepted by small family restaurants and shops, market stalls or in remote towns and rural ares. So some cash for purchases would be recommended.
Are ATM’s available in Vietnam?
ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam. Some smaller villages or rural areas may not have ATM access so prepare for this if you want to buy something too far from a city or main town.
Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Vietnam?
Purchasing Vietnam travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself from unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies or lost luggage. Click here to book Vietnam travel insurance with Youin Travel.
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