Hướng dẫn du lịch Việt Nam

Some destinations evoke mental images the moment their names are mentioned, and Vietnam is one of them. A frenetic and fascinating country, it calls to mind conical-hatted street vendors, water buffalo plodding across rice fields, mopeds buzzing through cities and floating markets on the Mekong River.

The days when Vietnam was best known for its conflict with America are long gone. From the temples of Hanoi and the islands of Halong Bay to the beaches of Nha Trang and the palaces of Hue, it is a country now firmly etched in the travel psyche.

At times, Vietnam is an assault on the senses. Life in its feverish cities is conducted largely on the streets, among chattering bia hois (pavement pubs) and steaming pho (noodle soup) stands. The country’s two main cities – Hanoi in the north, Ho Chi Minh in the south – are different in many ways, but they share an intoxicating energy. Ancient pagodas and colonial houses jostle for space with new-build skyscrapers, while labyrinthine back-alleys hum with life. These narrow streets are atmospheric places to spend time, day or night.

The country’s long, thin shape, sometimes compared to two rice baskets at either end of a pole, means these two cities form natural start and end points to an itinerary. The highlights along the way, meanwhile, are as well packed as the spring rolls which adorn market stalls: nature-lovers, history buffs, beach bums and foodies are all catered for in singularly Vietnamese style.

Those heading into the countryside can expect not only glorious scenery, but a rich cultural web of different ethnic groups. The US wartime legacy can still be readily explored – perhaps most notably at the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh – but this is a country to enjoy for what it is today, whether you’re here for a few days or a month.

Chào mừng đến Việt Nam

Every time someone leaves Vietnam, nothing but great thoughts and experiences is what we hear. More than once our travelers let us know how much they love this country and the people that live in it. Vietnam has it all, and spending some days in the land of dragons and limestone mountains is always an experience and an unforgettable journey.

Apart from the highlights that Vietnam has to offer, the best part of this country is to be out on the streets. Walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Than Market, Sapa’s terraces, Hoi An town, and trekking Vietnam’s numerous National Parks is what makes this country special. The really authentic experience is to go where the local community spends their daily life every day and this is what we at Khiri Travel Vietnam want to offer every traveler.

Living in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), I must say that Southern Vietnam is simply amazing. The weather, the city, the Mekong and the islands are definitely where I love to spend most of my time. Phu Quoc is one of those places where I forget about everything, disconnect and enjoy the nature around me. I love islands and beach stays and Phu Quoc is without question one of my favorite places in the world.

Du lịch Việt Nam

Things to do before travelling:

  • Stock up with medication that you might need.
  • Read the guide books!
  • Prepare a schedule of what/where to go.

Things to remember:

  • For good telephone/internet service make sure that you buy your sim card through an established service provider in Vietnam. You can also consider to buy Tourist SIM right at the airport. There are usually have some telecom booths or shops for you to choose from. The most-used brand there is Viettel, Mobifone and Vinaphone.
  • Avoid buying sim cards, tours, airport transfers etc from your hotel, they put a premium on all these services.
  • Do not drink tap water and choose only good mineral water kept away from the sun.
  • Take a cyclo ride, if you enjoy breathing traffic fumes.
  • Avoid motorbike taxis (xe om), they charge a bit less than a taxi for the same distance but the risk of injury through accident is great, and you might not like the dandruff in the helmet they give you to wear
  • There are three or four reliable taxi companies in the south, Mai Linh and Vinasun are the most common and the most reliable. Some more reliable taxi brand can be Taxi Group in the North, but the fare is a bit high compared to other taxi companies. Smaller companies may literally take you for a ride. Rogue taxis are known to lock their doors and refuse to let you out unless you pay an exorbitant fee. Always insist on a metered taxi. Hanoi taxis are less reliable and rip off whoever they can, including other Vietnamese. Try a small Hanoi taxi company called ‘Hanoi Star’ for reliability and honesty.
  • Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings and religious sites, etc. Make an offering to the gods and put a donation into the box if you want to make a good impression.
  • Leave your valuables behind in the hotel safe box at all times.
  • When crossing the road – especially in HCMC – always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly! Make eye contact with oncoming motorbikes and check that they see you so that they can avoid you. Be prepared for zebra crossings to be ignored and for motor vehicles to expect you as a pedestrian to give way to them.
  • At rush hour motorcyclists take to the pavements in droves in attempt to beat traffic jams, endangering the lives of pedestrians.
  • Wear a mask when walking in the cities, to avoid breathing in vehicle fumes and other noxious smells.
  • Be prepared to walk in the streets with the traffic. The pavements are for motorbikes to park on, people to sit and eat, or just lounge around on!
  • When walking be prepared for people to stroll casually into your path and expecting you to navigate around them.
  • Don’t offer money directly to beggars or minority people – instead donate to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens.
  • However frustrated, don’t lose your temper (“losing face”), as it won’t get you very far!
  • By all means, sample the delicious street food but for hygiene’s sake only at venues that are busy with a big turnover.
  • Diaharrea pils are cheap and readily available in Vietnamese cities. You WILL need them. Avoiding milk drinks, smoothies, dicy street food, etc will help to minimize stomach problems.
  • Do your homework about where to eat – there are some excellent reasonably priced restaurants. The best choice of choosing where to eat is to look up information in local website or mobile applications. Some reliable one can be Hi Vietnam, diadiemanuong, foody etc.
  • Be prepared to receive ‘cocktails’ with little or no alcohol in them, and COMPLAIN when that happens.
  • Always ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.
  • Arrange for medical insurance (including the provision for emergency evacuation) prior to departure, as there is no free medical treatment available in Vietnam and the standard of local health facilities is below international standards. Choose an international facility if you need treatment – there are some excellent ones, but they are usually expensive (Victoria International Clinic in Saigon is an exception).
  • Mind your change – the 100,000 and 10,000 notes look similar; the 20,000 and the 500,000 are both blue. While most Vietnamese are honest and used to tourists fumbling for the right currency values, a few will actively try to short-change you. Take your time to count the zeroes or you’ll unintentionally make someone very happy.
  • Spring is a great time to travel in Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hoi An and Hanoi, and Halong Bay.
  • If you choose to go to Halong Bay, stay 2 nights because of the road trip, poor roads, it is a long way to go for 1 night, and you see a lot more in the 2 days.
  • Be prepared to bargain, especially at markets, where you should pay about half of the asking price (except at fixed price stores).
  • Avoid very cheap excursions (e.g. to Halong Bay, the Mekong, etc), because you will get what you pay for – lots of time on the bus, few of the sights you were promised.
  • In the summer, Vietnam is hot and humid, so you can leave your jeans at home. Unlike Saigon, Hanoi has four seasons with very hot and sticky summers and rather cold and humid winters. Pack accordingly if you plan to be there from November to January.  can be extremely cold so be sure to pack a warm jacket.

 When you go shopping, don’t touch anything without deciding you will buy it, because the seller will think you want it and force you to buy it even if you don’t like it.
When you go shopping, you could tip a Vietnamese staff at your hotel, someone have trustable face, and tell him or her to go with you. You don’t need to do this, if you enjoy being overcharged.

Đưa thú cưng cùng đi du lịch

The following instructions are exclusively for cats and dogs travel and certainly much more straightforward than that expected. Don’t waste your time and money for agencies or departments who may actually never have been to Vietnam themselves before . Pet owners only need a veterinary certificate and their pets’ inoculation records and the other requirement related to the certificate varies depending on your airlines. For example, if you flight from the United States, a health certificate is required to be signed within 10 days of travel.

The process consists of three main steps as follows:

Step 1:

The pet is obliged to be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days ahead of travel to Vietnam and no more than a year before travel. Next, download the veterinary certificate and have your accredited veterinarian fill in the form to certify that the pet is healthy, free of parasitesand there is no sign of diseases transmittable to humans.

Step 2:

Attach the “Pet’s Inoculation Record” to the “Veterinary Certificate”.

Pet’s Inoculation Record is a record of all vaccinations injected to the pet, including information about the name, the manufacture and the lot or batch number of the vaccine, not to mention the date of vaccine administration and expiration, if any. Apart from the rabies vaccination which is required, other vaccines are optional. Follows are some vaccines recommended for dogs and cats.

Dog: Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Para Influenza.

Cat: Distemper, Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Leukemia, and Rabies.

Step 3:

Upon arrival in Vietnam, you are required to present the mentioned documents (the veterinary certificate and Pet’s Inoculation Record) to the immigration officer after taking your pets at the place that you get your checked in luggage. After checking the documents, they will let you and your pets leave the airport.

Special Note:

– There is no quarantine period upon your arrival in Vietnam.

– Your pet will be put in a crate during the flight, so it is advised to set a crate up inside your house and put your pets into the crate a few hours a day prior to the flight to make them get used to the crate. Don’t drug your pets as it is not good for their health.

– The procedures to take your pet out of Vietnam are quite similar. You must have your pets vaccinated and contact your airlines and the country of destination to ask for other requirements you need to follow.