Some things to keep in mind when coming to Vietnam
Things should know before departing to Vietnam
There are some aspects of making Vietnam an interesting destination for tourists. However, the country also has some issues that tourists need to beware of. The tip list below will arm any first-time visitors with some useful tricks to enjoy their Vietnam trips as much as they can.
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1. Monetary in Vietnam
In general, Vietnamese Dong and US dollars are widely accepted for any service like booking tours, hotels, and transportation fare. On the other hand, you should exchange to VND since it is commonly used by local businesses (restaurants, bars, food vendors, and shopping malls). Additionally, you can save more by using Dong because it is normally cheaper than dollars.
2. Staying alert of weather!
Bear in your mind that weather in tropical countries, such as Vietnam can be a serious concern. The climate varies from the North to the South. In the South, there are only two seasons, including rainy seasons and sunny seasons. Rainy seasons starting from June to November, whereas sunny seasons last for the rest of the year. The temperature in the sunny seasons is around 25-35 degree Celsius.
With regard to Northern regions, they have 4 distinct seasons with extremely hot and dry summers and the atmosphere is moist and very cold in winters. Do not forget to check the weather forecast prior to your departure to bring along appropriate clothing.
3. Choosing your clothing wisely.
There is no specific dress code in Vietnam, shorts or skirts and lightweight T-shirts can accompany you daily. Another option is wicking and quick-dry fabrics, along with a pair of sandals in summer. Carrying enough warm clothes when you visit the North in winter would be great since the temperature can decrease to 0 degree Celsius.
4. Appropriate clothes for Vietnamese temples
To dress properly in Vietnamese temples and mosques, you should cover your shoulders and knees. The reference is wearing longer shorts, capris, pants or trousers, and t-shirts, blouses, or polos are admissible.
5. Taking food hygiene seriously
Vietnam is the paradise of street food, but if you tend to try it all, be cautious of what vendors offer you. Food allergy is common for any tourist visiting Vietnam for the very first time. You can do some research online for reliable information, which is about places to go for a proper meal, ingredients of the dishes, and always rinse fresh fruits with water before eating.
6. Tricks to get the best deals
Negotiation skills are a must when you purchase something sold by vendors in Vietnam since it has become a part of the culture. Do not hesitate to ask for a better price at local markets, because the sellers tend to offer a bit higher price. You can tell them the prices you want to pay. Trying “walking away” trick, if they still do not discount for you, this means you have asked for a too low price. This can be a good quest to play during your holiday.
How to avoid getting sick while traveling in Vietnam
Traveling to a new country, it is not easy to know what to eat and drink, as well as how to keep being healthy. Good health is the most important thing when you travel. There are some tips below which will help you to have a fun and exciting vacation in Vietnam.
1. Street Food
Vietnam is renowned as a street-food paradise. Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse and delightful. Street food is irresistible to give it a go. Nonetheless, you better double check before having it, so as to make sure that you do not get allergic to any kind of ingredients. Moreover, you need to ensure that any kind of food you taste is well-cooked.
In Vietnam, people do not drink tap water. Hence, you should drink bottled water, instead of tap water. Bottled water is available almost anywhere in the country, including supermarkets, convenience stores, and local stores.
3. Air pollution
You can easily see most Vietnamese people wearing a mask on the street. The hot weather and traffic jam make the air become more polluted, as well as dusty. There is no need to wear a mask like locals during short trips if you feel uncomfortable with it. However, masks and sunglasses are worth wearing on the long journeys to avoid dust and UV ray in the sunshine.
The tropical climate is an ideal condition for insects, bacteria and other living organisms develop and multiply. Wearing suitable clothes and using mosquito repellent is a convenient solution while you are traveling. Besides, the air-conditioner room is great for minimizing mosquito bites. Wearing bright color clothes and cover your skin in places near the water.
5. Stray dogs and cats
In Vietnam, you can see many stray dogs and cats wandering around the streets. They are not safe to touch or cuddle. When you get bitten, better use water and soap to wash the wounds immediately, and get vaccine injection at any hospital or medical center as soon as possible.
7. Medical center
The best way to prevent yourself from illness is bringing some types of essential medicines beforehand. In case of emergency, find out some international hospital having English-speaking doctors and modern equipment.
Tip for motorbike passengers
Vietnam is a densely populated country and locals mainly use motorbikes for their transport. For first-time visitors, this is astonishing due to the vibrancy of cities having millions of motorbikes. Therefore, traveling in big cities of Vietnam seems to be very challenging for foreigners. Some tips listed below may help you to be on a motorbike with ease.
1. Riding with a local
The locals can show you how to ride properly and know how to solve problems when it arises, such as lost, broken motorbikes, or even issues with policeman due to driving rules in Vietnam.
2. Wearing a proper helmet
Everyone must wear a helmet when they are riding or sitting at the back of scooters. A good helmet here costs less than $50.
3. Approaching the motorbike and hopping on
Approaching and hopping on the bike from the left side. Please do not step on the foot pedal to hop on the motorbike. Otherwise, you will make the whole motorbike fall aside.
4. Do not wear jewelry or valuables
It is not recommended to wear expensive jewelry while ridding around. Smartphones or cameras should not be used during the ride. You can take some quick photos, videos whilst stopping for a traffic light with packed traffic and do not forget to look around.
5. Keeping your entire body in proximity to the bike
Your arms and legs should not be sticking out since the traffic is quite chaotic and other drivers can accidentally hit them. Using both hands to grab the back of the bike or holding on the local guide’s shoulders during the ride. Regarding your feet and legs, they should be placed properly onto the foot pedals and not hang on the sides of the motorbike.
Hope with the above information will help you have a convenient trip.
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