When you are a tourist, you have a great opportunity to explore different cultures and lifestyles. Regardless, nothing is as daunting as when you have to head out to a country you have never been to before.
People tend to miss seeing the best scenery because they never prepare beforehand.
If you are looking forward to visiting Vietnam, you’d rather started gearing up weeks before the journey begins to ensure that your trip is worth it and well planned out. Here are some of the things you need to know to ensure that your trip is unforgettable.
- Get your visa early
The number one thing that most travelers don’t consider is this. But it’s advisable to have everything ready weeks before because there are long airport queues, which can delay your flight.
Fortunately, you can also try to apply for the visa online. However, you’ll have to pay a small fee for this service.
- What to wear
Vietnam is a hot and humid city, at least most of the areas you’ll go to. If you are wondering what to carry, you’ll have to consider climate first. Vietnamese are a bit conservative, so if you don’t want eyes staring at you, you had better not show too much of your skin, especially when you visit shrines and temples.
On the other hand, since the country is hot, losing clothes will do.
- Book your accommodation once you arrive
Most travelers avoid hostels because most of them are not that clean. Luckily, this is not the case in Vietnam. If you are on a budget, there’s no harm in staying at a hostel. They are clean, and you can be sure that you’ll be getting Wi-Fi.
On the other hand, avoid the temptation of booking before you arrive. Do it once you arrive so that you can examine it beforehand.
- Haggling is normal
Vietnamese culture is different. If you want to buy anything, you have to be ready to bargain. Sellers are ready to listen to your price, and if you stick to your guns, you might get it at your said price.
On the other hand, avoid looking expensive. Most sellers will take advantage and might increase the price because you look rich.
- Transportation is good
Although traffic jams are normal in populated cities, we can conclude that Vietnam’s transport system is good. For instance, if you want to travel from Hanoi to Sapa, you can do so by bus, train, or by taxi if you have the money.
Buses are cheaper than any other form of transport. And you can take comfortable buses that even have a toilet inside.
- Avoid looking touristy
While you may want to separate yourself from people, being touristy can make your stay more costly. Hence, be ready to mingle with the locals. They are more friendly than you know it. Also, try out the local food. A meal costs less than $5.
Besides that, avoid tourist locations because businesspersons will hike the price. For instance, if you hire a taxi, you might end up paying more, especially if they tamper with the meter reader.
Some people think that Vietnam is so small, but the story becomes different when they arrive there. Therefore, ensure that you set aside more time to visit the famous tourist destinations in the country. By doing so, you’ll be able to experience much of what the country has to offer.
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