Things you should know before traveling to Vietnam

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In big cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang… the traffic in these cities will seem to give visitors an extremely memorable experience.

Traffic at Hanoi City
Traffic at Hanoi City

Because in these large cities not all roads here have pedestrian crosswalks or are equipped with signal lights, vehicles are a lot more crowded and somewhat chaotic. In Vietnam, people cross the road by going straight ahead and making their own road while cars are still running. That is the only way.

Buy a SIM card right after you arrive in Vietnam

Vietnam Prepaid SIM Card User Guide

You can buy a Vietnam prepaid sim card right at the airport. When used up, you can buy a card to recharge at any street corner. You can also use free apps to make calls and text if you have Wi-Fi. However, remember to turn off the roaming service before using Wi-Fi.

Fake taxi

At the airport, there are a lot of deceptive taxis. You should book a taxi at the hotel to avoid being charged too expensive. You also don’t have to pay tolls, so if a driver asks you to pay then refuse.

And during your visit to limited tourist locations, you should not take a taxi along the way. If you need to use a taxi a lot, please ask the staff of your place of residence, they will show you the best taxi companies or use apps such as Grab.

In addition, in Vietnam, there are 2 taxi companies with the best service are Mai Linh and Vinasun.

Passport valid for at least 6 months

You need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you arrive in Vietnam. There have been cases of passengers being denied entry because their passports are valid for more than 5 months. Customs officers in Vietnam are very strict in this matter.

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Prepare seasonal items

In summer, the weather in Vietnam is hot and humid, so you should bring with you on a tour of cool clothes. In the winter, northern Vietnam is very cold, you should bring at least a thick coat. Check the weather forecast before you leave, and bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Which transport method is best for backpackers?

The main means of transportation in Vietnam are motorbikes, taxis, buses, cars, bicycles … and visitors can also use the above vehicles during their trips. For most backpackers who have been to Vietnam, they said that bicycles and motorbikes are the most suitable means to explore this beautiful country.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by motorbike

However, for convenience and ease, to avoid scams and being hacked when riding a service, you should rent a motorbike at hotels, motels, and accommodation. Renting a motorbike is usually not too expensive, ranging from 150 – 200,000 VND / day.


You should make money conversion to Vietnamese currency as soon as you arrive in Vietnam for daily use. Currency in Vietnam has denominations of from 10,000 VND to 500,000 VND and the exchange rate can be calculated at the exchange rate of the bank on the day or at some money exchange places or shops. can be calculated at a fixed rate, for example, 1USD = 23,000 VND.

Vietnam Dong Specimen (Money in Vietnam)
Specimen – Vietnam Dong

Vietnamese money has many different denominations and has the same color, so to avoid paying the wrong money, you should learn to remember the value of money and can also arrange in order for convenience in the payment.

Free Wifi

Wifi is free at almost all cafes, restaurants… You do not need to pay anything when going to many restaurants and places of residence in Vietnam and you can still surf the web and connect with friends.

You can also use free apps to make calls and text if you have Wi-Fi, however, don’t forget to turn off the roaming service before using Wi-Fi. Sometimes places that allow guests to use Wi-Fi but have a password set, ask staff to get an access password.

English is a fairly common language in Vietnam

Many foreign tourists coming to Vietnam think that it will be very difficult to communicate, exchange or simply ask for directions. In fact, many Vietnamese people can speak a few common English sentences.

In addition, in some public places in big cities, there are students who are quite interested and want to talk to you to increase their language skills, not because of any other reason. So if you do not want to talk, you can gently tell them.

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