Vietnam Travel Tips And Advice

Budget airline Jetstar connects Vietnam with Asia

Budget airline Jetstar connects Vietnam with Asia

During the last decade, Vietnam has made huge strides in terms of improving its infrastructure for foreign visitors. This means that whereas before you needed to be able to put up with regular hardships while travelling round the country, it is now possible to find a suitable hotel for your budget in almost every destination, and improved communications make it much more comfortable travelling around.

Vietnam is no longer a backwater where international communications are concerned, so it is easy to keep in touch with family and friends during your travels by mobile phone, email or blogs.

 

Travel Tips for Getting Around Vietnam

Vietnam Travel Tips: Vietnam is not a huge country, but the long distance from north to south (1,650kms) means that precious time can be wasted on long-haul bus or train journeys. Fortunately, Vietnam Airways and Jetstar (a budget airline) connect most places of interest to visitors and prices are very reasonable. It is thus worth considering a flight now and then to save time.

Vietnam Travel Tips: Nevertheless, for many people the journey is half the fun of a visit and there is a good network of buses between all major towns. Some of these are rather old and may involve you bouncing up and down with chickens squawking in the aisles, but most tourist destinations are served by open-tour buses, so called because you can buy a ticket, from, say, Saigon to Hanoi, and get off wherever you like along the way for a break. These buses are generally more comfortable, with air-con and decent suspension. Since they are operated by budget tour operators, they usually drop you off in front of a hotel.

Vietnam Travel Tips: The train between Saigon and Hanoi may be terribly slow (between 30-40 hours depending on the type of train), but it does offer the chance for a good glimpse of the country, passing delightful stretches of coast and rugged highlands. If you plan to be on board for more than a few hours, it’s worth forking out on a soft seat to save your backside from a pummelling.

Vietnam Travel Tips: Unfortunately, self-drive car hire is still not a possibility in Vietnam, but rates for a car and driver can be quite reasonable, and this way of getting around offers ultimate flexibility to your itinerary. The budget alternative is to rent a motorbike for just a few dollars a day, but this is only recommended if you are an experienced bike rider as you will need to become familiar with the Vietnamese way of driving, which is as unique as any other aspect of the culture.

Note: To find more the best rate Hotels in Nha Trang, Vietnam. We recommend you look online at Agoda.com. They seem to be the most competitively priced of the hotels sites.

Vietnam Etiquette Tips

Vietnam Travel Tips: When eating, the Vietnamese are very tactile and love playing with their food, so you should feel free to do the same. Eat ribs and chicken legs with your hands, discard the bones and tissues on the floor, slurp your noodles to your heart’s content, and you’ll draw smiles of appreciation from locals.

Vietnam Travel Tips: Vietnam is a very tolerant society, so you do not need to constantly worry if you are breaking taboos. Nonetheless, it pays to bear in mind a few points that may help you to avoid upsetting locals. Firstly, while thin shirts and shorts are ideal for travelling around in the tropics or lounging on the beach, they are not appropriate for visiting temples or museums, where you should dress more formally. It is also customary to remove shoes before entering a temple, though there are exceptions; the best advice is to keep an eye on the locals and do as they do.

Vietnam Travel Tips: Finally, a word about tipping. This is not a common practice in Vietnam, especially in local restaurants or shops. However, taxi drivers and staff at fancy hotels have learned that foreigners like splashing their money around, so be prepared to give a small gratuity in these situations to avoid being tagged as stingy.

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