Facts about Vietnam you should know before you travel

What you need to know when traveling to Vietnam for the first time in 2022

Vietnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.

Expensive and long flight is compensated by excellent beaches, a lot of entertainment, quality hotel services and low prices within the country. Also surprised by the variety and richness of the excursions.

Attractions in Nha Trang

Before the first trip it is important to get acquainted with many features, including the weather in Vietnam, safety precautions, etc.

Climate

The climate in the regions above 2,000 m above sea level is moderate, in those above 500 m – subtropical.

The Sea in Nha Trang

The dry period starts at the beginning of winter and lasts until the end of April.

The time from early March to May is very hot, there is no rain, and the air is very dry.

Wet weather (rains, southeast monsoons) lasts from May to November. The summer months are very rainy.

In the central part from the end of winter to August inclusive, the weather is clear, it rarely rains, the temperature is 30-35 °C. There are typhoons in the fall with temperatures of 20-28°C. In December it is very rainy.

In the north, the summer is hot, very humid, the temperature reaches 40 ° C. It is cool in the winter. In late winter-early spring, there is often drizzle.

The country receives 1,000 mm of rainfall a year, with up to 2,500 mm in the foothills.

Sea temperature

For most of the year, the water temperature in the South China Sea is 25-30°C.

The Sea in Nha Trang

View of the South China Sea coast in Nha Trang

Average temperature (°C):

Nha Trang Halong Phan Thiet Ho Chi Minh City
January 24 21 23 26
February 25 19 24 26
March 26 22 26 27
April 27 23 26 29
May 29 27 29 30
June 29 30 29 29
July 28 29 29 28
August 29 30 29 28
September 28 29 28 28
October 28 28 28 28
November 27 26 25 28
December 26 23 25 27
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When to go on vacation in Vietnam: the beach season

The best resorts to visit
January Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Hoi An.
February Hue, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Hoi An.
March Hanoi, Sapa, Hue, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Hoi An.
April Halong Bay, Hanoi, Sapa, Hue, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao, Da Nang, Phan Thiet, Hoi An.
May Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Catba
June Vung Tau, Catba, Phu Quoc, Hue, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang
July Vung Tau, Catba, Hue, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang
August Vung Tau, Catba, Hue, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang
September Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Vung Tau, Catba
October Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay
November Da Lat, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc, Vung Tau
December Da Lat, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc, Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao

What Tourists Need to Know

Vietnam remains a relatively unsafe resort. There are many features, ignorance of which can significantly worsen the quality of rest.

Rules of conduct and safety in the country

In Vietnam, you can easily catch a disease or be left without money and belongings.

What to do and how to behave:

    . If you are going to civilized resorts (Nha Trang, Vung Tau, Hanoi, etc.), vaccination is not necessary. If, however, there will be excursions to strange places, cruises along the Mekong River, or just a holiday in the countryside, it is highly recommended to be vaccinated. It is worth getting vaccinated against typhoid, hepatitis, Japanese encephalitis (10 days before the trip), tetanus and dysentery. Malaria and Dengue fever can be contracted here, but there are no vaccines for them. These two diseases are mainly transmitted by mosquitoes. It is necessary to ensure reliable body protection from their bites: repellents, closed clothing, mosquito nets, tablets “Lariam”.
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  • Do not drink tap water. It is not suitable for drinking. Only use bottled water (even for brushing your teeth). We need to be careful about ordering drinks with ice. It is better to clarify from which water the ice was frozen. Usually local restaurants buy ice separately, rather than freezing it themselves.
  • You should wash your hands with clean water or wipe them with wet wipes before each meal. It is very easy to catch rotavirus and other diseases in this country.
  • Street food should be ordered only freshly cooked. It is desirable that the dish is prepared right in front of you.
  • Beware of local travel agencies. In Vietnam, there are a lot of crooks in this area and not only. They may sell tours that do not exist, or the conditions will be very different from what was promised. Therefore it is better to buy tours from trusted agencies or on the recommendations of experienced acquaintances.
  • Be extremely careful of your wallet, bag and other personal belongings. Theft is rampant here, valuables can brazenly snatch from the hands. Do not leave money and other valuables on the beach, when bathing in the sea.
  • There is a curfew in the country. All organizations, institutions (except night bars and clubs) do not work after 11:00 pm. This may also apply to the hotel where you reside. Therefore, it is worth checking at the reception in advance, whether you will be allowed into the hotel, if you linger.
  • Going shopping, it is better to dress modestly and do not show much money. Otherwise, the sellers can get a good deal on you, overcharging by several times.
  • When ordering a tour you should always arrive on time at the gathering place of tourists and stay close to your group, because it is very easy to get lost.
  • Vietnamese love friendly people, so smile and be polite more often.
  • Before entering a Buddhist temple, take off your shoes and be appropriately dressed (women’s legs and shoulders are covered, men are dressed in pants).
  • Be careful to cross the roadway, even if you are walking on a crosswalk. No one will stop on purpose for the sake of a pedestrian.
  • When you arrive at the hotel, it is better to take his business card and carry it with you. If you get lost, just show it to the cab driver, and he will take you to the hotel.
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Which Hotels are Best to Stay At?

There are not many all-inclusive hotels in Vietnam. Most include only breakfasts. Most hotels are four or five-star.

Among the hotels with “All inclusive” system are Dessole Beach Resort Mui Ne 4*, TTC Hotel Premium – Phan Thiet 4*, Pandanus Beach Resort 4*, Sailing Bay Beach Resort 4*.

Currency and Money Change

The national currency is the Vietnamese dong. Local money is very depreciated, so when withdrawing money or exchanging rubles into dongs you will find that you have become a millionaire. 100 dollars is about 3 million dong.

There is no need to change all the money. It is better to do it as needed. There are a lot of exchange offices. It is more profitable to change at the bank, local jewelry stores or RICs. Dollars are in circulation here too, but they are not everywhere willingly accepted.

You should be careful when exchanging money and getting change. Some bills are the same color, so instead of 500,000 VND you may get 50,000 VND. Be sure to check the number of zeros on the bill.

Internet and mobile communications

Local mobile communications are represented by three major operators: Mobifone, Vinaphone and Viettel. There is no concept of roaming. A flat rate will apply throughout the country.

If you plan to stay in the country for a short time, it is better to buy a tourist SIM card at the airport or in the RIC.

Such a card + tariff package allows foreigners to make calls within the country, abroad, send sms and use mobile Internet.

This pleasure will cost about 800-1,000 rubles. Some SIM cards have a validity limit of 30 days. You can recharge the sim card at the cashier’s network stores or buy a recharge card.

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Cafes in Nha Trang

Free Wi-Fi in Vietnam is almost everywhere: at the hotel, cafes, on the beach, so it’s enough to ask for a password from someone on staff

Nutrition

Food in the country can be divided into street and restaurant. Eat, of course, is better in reputable restaurants and cafes.

You can be guided by where the Vietnamese and their families go. No citizen of the country will not take his children to a bad place.

In all-inclusive hotels you do not need to worry about food. You can eat in the hotel restaurant or order food to the room.

Some tourists praise the street food. So if you risk it, choose places where the food is cooked in front of you. The sanitary part of the street benches is very questionable. Just look at the way the dishes are washed.

Coffee and tea on the street is also not worth buying, as they often use tap water. It is not recommended to eat raw meat and peeled fruits/vegetables. If you choose street food, buy it where the Vietnamese crowd in line.

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