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  • 1. What vaccinations will I need to have?

    Some of the diseases known to exist in Vietnam include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, rabies and HIV/AIDS. Consult with your local doctor or a specialist travel medical centre for up-to-date health information on vaccinations and medicine for your trip at least one month prior to departure.

  • 2. Will I need to bargain for everything I want to buy?

    Bargaining for souvenirs has long been the norm in Vietnam, however 'fixed price' boutiques are becoming more common. Even then, you may be able to garner a discount, especially if you buy more than one item. As in all Asian countries, ‘saving face’ is important, so bargaining should be good-natured. In some cases you will be able to get a 50% discount or more, at other times this may only be 10%. And it's never a good idea to ask whether someone else got it for less – chances are they will have! In most cases you will not need to bargain for basic items such as bottled water, toiletries and food.

  • 3. How much money will I need each day for food and other expenses?

    Vietnam offers excellent value for your money. Allow approximately 20 USD per person for day-to-day living, which will buy you lunch and dinner at good local restaurants (your breakfast is always included), as well as refreshments during the day. Transport such as taxis and cyclos is cheap, and should cost you no more than 5 USD a day on average, and often much less. If you are traveling independently, you will need to factor in any entrance fees, which may be between 1-5 USD. High end and Western restaurants will cost more. Prices of alcohol varies. Beer is generally cheap, especially in local restaurants however wine is expensive, even by Western standards.

  • 4. How should I take money to Vietnam?

    Bring a combination of debit and credit cards, as well as some USD cash. ATMs are widely available in airports, major cities and towns and issue Vietnamese dong. Most hotels change traveler's checks and cash at reasonable rates. Credit cards can be used in a number of shops and restaurants in major centres. If you bring traveler's checks, it is best to use USD, but these are now becoming harder to cash

  • 5. Are Western toilets available?

    All hotels and guesthouses, including home-stays, are equipped with Western toilets. Overnight trains usually have the options of Asian squat-style toilet at one of the carriage and a Western-style toilet at the other. On long bus drives, we endeavour to time stops according to acceptable and hygienic toilet facilities which will, in most cases, include a Western toilet. We recommend that you carry hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

  • 6. Is Vietnam a safe country?

    Vietnam is generally a safe destination by world standards, but usual common sense precautions are advisable. In recent years petty street crime in large cities has risen. Always keep a photocopy of your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers, and a detailed record of your traveler's checks. You should leave valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes wherever possible. In large cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, we recommend you wear as little jewelry as possible and keep your spending money close to your body in a secure place when out on the street.

  • 7. I'm traveling alone - is it safe to go out at night?

    ietnam is very child-friendly. The Vietnamese are family oriented and regularly travel with their own children during vacation periods. If you are traveling with children aged 5-17, our Family Journeys, featuring a combination of fun and educational activities, might best suit your needs. Some hotels cater well to families with triple share options, or adjoining rooms.

  • 8. Can I drink the water?

    We advise against drinking tap water in Vietnam. Bottled water provided on a complimentary basis by most hotels and is otherwise inexpensive and readily available.

  • 9. Is there vegetarian food and Western food available?

    Vegetables and vegetarian dishes feature prominently in Vietnamese cuisine, though even vegetable dishes may use fish sauce as a base so if you are a strict Vegetarian it's a good idea to ask about the ingredients used. Western food is widely available in major centres though is generally more expensive than Vietnamese.

  • 10. I have special dietary requirements/allergies - can these be accommodated?

    It is generally possible to accommodate special dietary requirements and allergies, though it is a good idea to have someone prepare a Vietnamese translation of the details of your needs to show restaurant staff. Even non-seafood dishes may feature shrimp or fish sauce as a base.

  • 11. What general food and water precautions should I take?

    We advise you to use bottled water, even to clean your teeth. Always wash your hands thoroughly, particularly after handling local money. Ensure meats are thoroughly cooked. It is not necessary to avoid salads and herbs out of hand but remember uncooked foods do carry a greater risk. In general, establishments that cater to Western tourists make their own ice on the premises from bottled water. Elsewhere, ice is made from filtered water that is delivered in blocks from local factories. If in doubt as to the origin of ice, it's a good idea to ask.

  • 12. Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

    To enter Vietnam you will need a passport with at least six-months validity and a tourist visa, which you must obtain prior to arrival. If you are entering Vietnam twice during your stay you will need a dual-entry visa. For further details see our visa information page, speak to one of our experts or contact your local Vietnamese consulate or embassy.

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