Vietnam is a country located in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is bordered by Laos, Cambodia, and China. Its capital city is Hanoi.

Vietnam is a very beautiful country. It has a rich culture, history, and stunning landscapes.

The country has a population of around 96 million people.

The currency of the country is the Vietnamese Dong. The official language is Vietnamese.

Travel Tips for First time Visitors

What to Wear and What to Pack

It is advisable to pack light cotton clothes, an umbrella, a light raincoat, and sunscreen.

You should dress conservatively if you plan to visit temples.

When to Visit

The weather in Vietnam is hot and humid. The country experiences distinct climates in Northern, Central, and Southern Vietnam.

The best months to visit are between February to April and September to December.

The Tet (Vietnamese new year) starts in late January or February depending on the lunar calendar. It is very crowded during this time and prices are significantly higher.


Vietnamese cuisine is delicious and cheap. Street food is very popular among locals and tourists. A bowl of pho or rice will cost 20,000 VND (less than 1 USD).


Hostels will cost around 100,000 VND (4 USD) per night. A private room will cost you around 350,890-425,000 VND (15-20 USD) per night for a double room.

Many hostels provide free WiFi and free breakfast.

Airbnb will cost you around $20-25 USD per night.


Vietnam is a vast country. Flights are a popular and convenient mode of transport. Buses can be used for shorter distances. If you are on a budget, overnight trains are a good option.

It is advisable to book in advance for buses or trains. You have to be very careful when crossing the roads.

Things to do in Vietnam

Explore Cu Chi Tunnels

They are an extensive network of around 500km of tunnels that were used by the Viet Cong in the war against America during the 1960s.

You will get a description of the tunnels and a chance to fire AK47s at shooting targets.

Relax in Dalat

It is located in the hills of the Central Highlands. It is a very popular tourist destination. It provides a serene and relaxing environment. Adventure sports are popular here. The hills have numerous traditional tribal villages to explore.

Explore Ho Chi Minh

It is also called Saigon. It is the largest city in Vietnam. The Ben Thanh market has amazing food.

The Old Quarter has a fascinating labyrinth of streets making it ideal for shopping for local handicrafts.

See the pagodas

Vietnam has very distinctive architecture. This is evident in the pagodas that are found all over the country. They are full of beautiful and intricate carvings. The pagodas are used as temples and shrines.

Cruise the Halong Bay

Halong Bay has stunning islands and spectacular caves to explore. You can indulge in activities such as sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kayaking and gazing at the sunrise or sunset.

Visit the Imperial City of Hue

Hue was once the capital of Vietnam from the 19th century until the mid-1940s. The Forbidden Purple City was the home of the emperor. The city is enchanting and offers you a chance to experience imperial Vietnam.

Explore the beautiful Perfume River, the Imperial Citadel, and the Tombs of the Emperors.

Relax on the beaches

Vietnam has a long beautiful coastline that features exquisite beaches. The most popular beaches include Nha Trang Beach, Khem Beach in Phu Quoc, My Khe Beach in Da Nang, and White Sand and Red Sand Beaches in Mui Ne.

Explore the Hoi An

This ancient town is delightful to explore. It has Chinese temples, ancient tea warehouses, and Japanese merchant houses.

Visit the rice terraces

There are numerous rice paddies in the country. Many of the rice paddies can be found in the Muong Hoa Valley. Visit them to learn about rice production and take stunning photographs of the spectacular countryside. A tour will cost you around 300,000 VND (13 USD).

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