Sep 23, 2014

Best Travel Tips When Exploring Vietnam

Vietnam is a wonderful and beautiful country. It is home to many stunning World Heritage Sites such as Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang caves, Hoi An Ancient Street and Cham Islands. Furthermore there are places like Da Lat, that is too picturesque to miss. With its French style villas sitting nestled close to a pine forest, it feels like France but the Vietnamese markets remind you that you are indeed in Asia.

Halong Bay | Travel Insurance Plus

 Friendly Vietnamese People

It’s safe and friendly. The majority of people in Vietnam are farmers. The vast majority would not have travelled outside of their region. Hence, they are inquisitive and welcoming to tourist. The government has a strong focus ensuring security is maintained throughout the country.

Affordable – just like our travel insurance

It’s cheap. If you want to, then 1 dollar could buy you a basic lunch or dinner. If you want to live it up – a 5-star hotel is equivalent in price to a 3-star hotel in Sydney. If you are travelling on a budget then you could get by living off $15-$20 per day in Vietnam.

Travel with a twist

Vietnam has many unique experiences. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to taking photos of the sunrise in Hoi An. The author once hired a motorbike and explored the back country near Hoi An and was so engrossed in the scenery, forgot to check the fuel gauge and came to a stop. Once the locals realised, they turned up with petrol in a large vodka bottle and for 50 cents he was on his way again.

Exquisite Vietnamese Food 

Market | Travel Insurance Plus

Vietnamese food varies by regions: fresh vegetables continue to dominate the tables, with meat and poultry added. Flavours are enhanced with chili, garlic, lime, lemon grass, coriander, soy and fish sauce to create mouth watering experiences. Along the coastal regions (like Nha Trang and Da Nang), you can find plenty of fresh seafood. Fish wrapped in banana leaves and steamed with chilli, ginger, coriander, lime and served with rice is wonderful and only about $8 dollars.

Immigration is fast

Vietnam requires a visa, and to alleviate the pain, the process has been made quite easy. To enter Vietnam, you must have a valid visa, a visa exemption document or a written approval letter for a visa on arrival. Your passport must also have at least six months’ remaining validity at the time of your arrival.

Vietnam has recently introduced an online information portal containing visa information, including which type of visa you should apply for. There is also an application form which you can complete online, print and take to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam for the most up to date information.

Natural tourism – the unexpected Vietnam

National parks abound, and you can enjoy a variety of activities such as camping and bird-watching in the tropical forest of Cuc Phuong or Cat Ba; Take a tour through Cat Tien national park;

Vietnamese rice fields | Travel Insurance Plus

Festival fun

Vietnam has festivals all year round, for example, the Tet holiday is an ideal time to see how families celebrate their love for their ancestors and for each other. Visit Vietnam on the 2nd of September and you will see nation-wide parades. Streets will be lighted by red flags and fireworks.

Stunning Vietnamese beaches 

Vietnam has more than 3400km of coastline, and there are plenty of beautiful beach vacations to choose from! You’ll find infinite stretches of warm blue waters, fine sandy beaches, hidden coves, lovely lagoons, and tropical islands that are fringed with even more beaches. There are so many beaches such as the Vietnamese Riviera or Nha Trang.  It is a six-mile stretch of beautiful fine white sand, palm fringed beach, with a lush green mountain backdrop.  Also research the following beach locations – Doc Let Beach, Lang Co Beach, Con Dao Islands and Bai Dai Beach.

Visit Hill tribes

Visit friendly indigenous people, or “hill tribes”, native to mountainous regions in Northern Vietnam or Central Highlands.  Dozens of large and small minority groups in Vietnam have their own language, culture, lifestyle and festivals. Living rather isolated from the rest of the country, they have managed to preserve their unique culture and traditions

Travel Insurance for Peace of Mind

Travelling to Vietnam is a great way to discover a new and exciting destination. But if the unexpected happens – it is best to avoid the significant costs of uninsured medical bills, lost luggage or cancelled tours. Travel Insurance Plus can help.

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