planning a trip to Vietnam and are having difficulties
deciding where to go and what to do, what you cannot miss
and what to skip. From the feedbacks of our customers,
Cheap Vietnam Holidays would like to recommend some
activities considered by travellers as must-do's when you
are in Vietnam....
Vietnam travel experiences
you are going to
travel Vietnam in join group tours or self-organized trips.
Careful preparations is what you need for a perfect tour. Cheap Vietnam Holidays would like to share some
experiences when preparing for your trip.
Learn about destinations:
You need to understand their cultural behavior in order to avoid
misunderstandings and unnecessary trouble. Especially when when you
travel a culturally diversified country like Vietnam.
About source of information, you should not place undue reliance on
these guide books although they are quite convenient, especially
watch out if you're holding in your hands the version published a
long time before, lack of updated information.
Learn the experiences of those who have travelled to Vietnam before
on the travel forums like Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet however
please check when the information was last updated.
Many people at the end of their vacation realized that they had
missed some worth visiting places or landscapes, for example some
visitors to the Citadel in Hue don't know where the Forbidden City
was located before (brought down in the Tet Offensive of Hue in
1968), some just have a quick look at the Moon Gate and Thai Hoa
palace and finish, it's really a waste of time and money.
Choose the right time to travel
Naturally the trip must be in your free time when you take a leave
or not busy with your work (education, business...) however you are
recommended to check climate weather conditions of the places you
are going to visit.
Streams, rivers, waterfalls in the mountain areas often have a
sudden floods in the rainy season. In the rainy seasons, it is not a
good idea to go to the forest since the weather is very humid and
produce mosquitoes and insects such as in Cuc Phuong forest, Cat Tien or
Bach Ma national parks in the south. Similarly, the beaches,
the islands in the sea like Phu Quoc island or Catba island these
days don't have fun and even dangerous.
Cold season, lengthy rains in Hue just bore people of Hue, but after
about the full moon of December and January, you will enjoy taking
the drizzle in the sunshine with pleasant weather. Or if you want to
see the terraced fields in the
North West and
North East areas, the
best time is in mid-September to mid October when the the hillside
is green with rice plots between yellow residue around the grain, or
the harvest time when the rice is ready to cut.
Digital cameras are small, handy and easy to use for everybody, and
prices are as low as you can buy easily in Vietnam and memorize your
moments in your trip to Vietnam. Professional photographers have to
quit their job and few of them appear at public places unless peak
festival days. You are recommended to have your own cameras, always
bring with you on the trips.
Hotel booking (hotels
You can use Google map or reliable travel website to find the
location of the hotel before making a reservation, in Hanoi most
tourists stay in the Old Quarter where there are many midrange
hotels, 30-50 usd/room. Tripadvisor is a good source of information.
Similar prices can be found in Sai Gon, Hoi An, Hue and Sapa...
Copies of your passports and other documents
Important documents such as Identity cards, passports, insurance,
credit cards...need to have a copy with you, in case you are lost
you can have the alternatives. In addition you are recommended to
print out your address, phone numbers and a map, don't rely too much
on internet or computer, smart phones...Because internet is not
available in the remote areas of Vietnam, especially in the
Insurance to travel in Vietnam is compulsory and strongly
recommended for foreign travellers, especially when you are
traveling by yourself or in private tour. Vietnam travel companies
usually exclude insurance in the tour cost and you need to check
before booking. Note that travel insurance is very important in case
you have a traffic accident or lose luggage.