In each holiday, the demand for recreation of individual as well as each family is increasing gradually. However, besides choosing a good place to travel and means of your travel, you also need to pay attention to health protection during your trip. If you chose Vietnam to be your destination, here are a few guidelines on things to do in Vietnam can get you a happy and safe holiday.
Chung cake (Banh Chung) is the most famous Vietnamese traditional dish that typically seen in Tet holiday. It’s made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork meat.
In Vietnam there are stunning resorts located on islands where every visitor will be served as VIP.
Vietnam was recently voted the best emerging destination, with good reason. Its charm combines the old and the new, untouched landscapes and luxury facilities, friendly and hospitable people, natural beauty, ancient wonders, lively cities, and fabulous cuisine. Each part of the country has its own unique appeal: the country’s elegant capital Hanoi; the natural beauty of World Heritage Halong Bay, the Ancient City of Hoian, the Imperial capital of Hue and the cosmopolitan city of Saigon.
Cosianatour’s well designed trekking/hiking packages not only bring you the sense of adventure, of being close to the nature but also give you opportunities to visit the remote hill tribes and experience their daily lives. Depending on your fitness and eagerness, you can choose a trip from easy to tough grades, and on one of the variety of trekking routes. The most popular trekking, hiking types in Vietnam are jungle trekking, mountain hiking, countryside hitch-hiking, walking, and rambling adventures. Here is the list of the most famous trekking areas voted by both local and foreign travellers. Go through to get the most suitable to your wish.
Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in Vietnam. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.
For other services such as massages and waiters in restaurant, coffee bar,... it is not compulsory in the North and Central of Vietnam. But people in the South have been used to be tipped, they will expect you to tip.
International phone charges are utmost expensive in Vietnam. Reserve charges are not allowed for foreigners. You should expect to pay US$4 a minute to call to the US, Europe or Australia. Hotels will add surcharge that can make calls about US$7 a minute...
The voltage in the cities and towns is generally 220V, 50 cycles, but sometimes 110V in the rural areas. Electric sockets are standard European or American. However, it is a good idea to bring adapter plugs in case your plugs do not fit the sockets, which sometimes fit two round pins, other times three pins. If you do not have a correct size plug, it is easy to buy an adaptor in Vietnam...
Do take a hotel business card from the reception desk before leaving from your hotel. This will help your return to the hotel much easier.
Do carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack for long excursions from your base hotel. You never know when you will need it.
Do dress appropriately. Not only for the prevailing climatic conditions, but also not to cause offence to the local people. Vietnamese have conservative dress codes and it is only in larger cities that these codes are relaxed a little...
Wooden Puppets - Hanoi is famous for its Water Puppet Show at the old theater near Hoankiem Lake. Around the theater area, you'll also find shops selling reproductions of the water puppets, which are absolutely – must - buys for anyone visiting Hanoi. You'll find wooden puppets of buffalo, traditional Vietnamese merchants on horseback, dancing girls, dragons and more....
If the item does not have a price tag, the price is nearly always negotiable.
When negotiating a price, knock at least three quarters off the top.
If negotiations are getting you nowhere start to walk, you will be amazed by the number of sellers that will agree on your price while walking away.
Check the VND notes carefully before handing since you may mistaken.
Hotels in Vietnam and private hosts must register your presence with the police in case you stay overnight. You will be expected to hand over your passport, along with your via number.
You should have your passport details in some copies, hand the copy instead of your original one.
Vietnam has many public holidays, special festivals and events.
The most important celebration of year in Vietnam is Tet, or Lunar New Year, which falls either in late January or early February each year. Vietnamese people have officially four public days, but in reality almost all of Vietnam shut down for a full week.
Vietnam Customs serves the same purpose as any other customs service; enforcing commercial and legal mandates set down by the government.
There are some differences, however, inasmuch as your baggage will definitely be X-rayed both going entering and leaving Vietnam...
Obey the road rules if you can work out what they are;
Maintain direction no matter what;
Remember the shortest distance between two points is a straight line;
Expect the totally unexpected;
Before leaving home, you should complete the following checklist
- Appropriate clothes; sunhat, swimming costume
- Travel documents including: passport, visa (if needed), travel insurance, air tickets, travel itinerary.
- Health requirements
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal first aid kit, toiletries
- Money: some of cash, travelers’ cheques and/ or credit cards
- Good shoes for adventurous travel
- Business card or name cards with your contact information and email.
Choosing tour and travel itinerary
Getting your ideas on travel purposes, we will send you package tours that may fit to your expectation or you can have a talk with our consultants to get you a custom-made travel itinerary what is perfectly fit to your needs.
In Vietnam, the standard business hours are from 7:30am to 5pm or from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Lunch break takes from one to one and a half hour, from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Shops open early and close at any time between 6:00pm and 10:00pm. Most shops are open 7 days a week.
Parkson Department Store - Parkson Department Store which opened its doors in 2005 is different from the two before mentioned, it is selling only branded items only. You can easily find branded apparels; cosmetics; perfumes; watches; jewerlies; etc. Prices of the goods in this department store is quite expensive. If you're up to branded cosmetics and perfumes, then this is the place for you. But apart from the department store itself, there is a food court on the fifth floor where you can find a wide selection of foods. There is also the Highlands coffee and Citimart where you can buy some grocery items, fruits and some frozen goods...
Crossing the street in Hanoi or Hochiminh city (Saigon) or any other city in Vietnam can be so-called skillful-required sport. The traffic is mad, there are no discernible traffic rules and people often understand their unsaid rules. As a result, getting around Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city on foot can be daunting at times. To help you cope with the traffic chaos and cross the street safely, here are a few tips that we picked up along the way:
Vietnam is known as the country of forests & beaches. Mother Nature has given Vietnam numerous beautiful beaches from north to south, from Traco to Camau.
It not far from urbanized Mong Cai town, however, Tra Co is still an untouched beach with sparse travel services. Travelers can have a chance to enjoy very much fresh seafood right at the beach when the fishermen have have returned after their working night oversea.