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10 Easy Steps to Plan Your Vietnam Travel
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10 Easy Steps to Plan Your Vietnam Travel

10 Easy Steps to Plan Your Vietnam Travel

Planning a trip to Vietnam seems to be daunting. Well, Vietnam may really be long from your country. It has an entirely different system of society and culture. There are too many things to worry, about food, hotels, tourist, flights, trains… But here we want to say: take it easy. Planning a trip to Vietnam is easy and raveling in Vietnam is easy either. Looking at it from another angle, it is wonderful that you’re thinking of coming to Vietnam, a majestic country full of culture, history, and natural wonders. You won’t regret a moment of your time in Vietnam because it will be a trip of once in a lifetime. Most importantly, you are not alone in Vietnam! You will be well taken care of by us from airport pickup, and hotels to food, tour guide, etc.

Well, there are some things you can do and learn about before your trip. The more prepared you are, the greater your chances of a memorable Vietnam trip that lives up to your expectations. Read the following simple 10 easy steps which will help you organize a well-planned trip to Vietnam.

1. Decide Where to Go in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with diverse options for travel. Classic culture tour, adventure, landscape sweeping, food tour…, which means you can travel to classic destinations, such as Hanoi, Hue, and Saigon in an enjoyable way, or travel pretty far to experience exotic culture and nature in western Vietnam destinations, such as Hue, Maichau, Đanang, Hoian, etc., or go to spend several leisure days exploring romantic southern Phuquoc destinations, such as Vungtau, Condao, etc. There may be certain things to do which is quite famous, and absolutely should be planned in your trip, such as the Hue, Forbidden City, Halong Bay, Myson Hollyland, Danang City, etc. You can browse the Top 15 Things to do in Vietnam. Another good way to check the Top 10 Most Popular Destinations in Vietnam to get inspiration. If you are interested in Vietnamese history and culture, you can also find out more sites in Vietnam’s UNESCO Site List.

  1. Traveling Independently or with a Tour Package

Traveling independently is not very difficult in tourism-developed destinations, such as Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Hoian, and Saigon, but not recommended if you want to explore remote southwestern, southern and northeastern destinations. Well, you should know visiting Vietnam independently will cost a lot of time because you have to spend much time for mapping, looking for hotels and navigating locations. Sometimes it is more expensive than a tour package.


Traveling with a travel agency is strongly recommended if you want to explore the very essence of Vietnam with a comfortable and worry-free way. A good local tour operator, like Indo-Pacific Travel, usually provides valuable group tours as well as tailor-made tour packages. You will be saved from the cumbersome jobs of online researching of hotels, destinations, foods, etc.

  1. Decide When to Go

Since Vietnam has four very distinct seasons, and the popular destinations are located in different regions of the territory, it is very important to travel to destinations in different seasons. Since Vietnam is so large and diverse, you can always find suitable destinations to visit in each season or each month. In a big metropolis, such as Hanoi, Halong, Danang, PhuQuoc and Nhatrang, the season doesn’t matter as much as visiting natural destinations, because their best highlights are all conveniently located in or near the city downtown, and it is always very easy to book flights, trains and hotels. But some destinations are only recommended to be visited in specific seasons.


Generally speaking, Autumn is the best season to travel to Vietnam when the weather is pleasant and the scenery is the finest. But it is also the busiest tourism peak season. To avoid crowds, you can avoid traveling during the festivals, such as National Holidays, Middle Autumn Festival, etc. Find out your destinations here in Recommended Destinations to Visit in Spring, Summer, Autumn and, Winter.

  1. Get Your Travel Documents Ready

Before leaving for Vietnam, you have to get your passport and Vietnamese visa prepared in advance. Some cities in Vietnam, including Hanoi, Saigon, Danang, Hue, etc, have released visa-free policies, but they only allow a stay less 72 hours, and there are a lot of complicated procedures to deal with.

Vietnam E-visa

Vietnam E-visa

You’d better apply for a Vietnamese visa at least six months before your trip. A multiple-entry visa is recommended which allows you to enter Vietnam many times. It is also useful for trips to Phuquoc or Condao with returns to Vietnam. You also have to have a valid passport with you. If you don’t have a passport, it usually will take at least four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one. Make sure your passport won’t get expired while you’re in Vietnam.

  1. Decide Your Trip Length and Create a Rough Itinerary

A Vietnam trip can be as short as a day tour, or as long as a panoramic trip of months. You decide the trip length, and the destinations decide how many days needed. A classic Vietnam tour, which covers Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Hoian and Saigon, will cost about 15~16 days. These destinations are usually visited by the first-timers. You can also add Halong Bay Cruise (2~3 days), Hagiang (4~8days), Sapa (3~4days), Phanxipang Mountain (3~4days) to your trip if you have more days in Vietnam.


It is suggested to arrange the itinerary at a leisurely pace so that you can have enough time to experience all the best highlights, and won’t get exhausted. If you already have done a lot of research, you can create a rough itinerary on your own, then send to your travel agency to check availabilities. If you have no idea how to organize the destinations into an itinerary, you can feel free to let your travel consultant offer you a recommended itinerary.


  1. Book Your Flights and Hotels

Once you work out an ideal itinerary and confirm with your travel agency, you can start to book flights and hotels. Early booking is recommended because the fares for flights and hotels are not fixed. The earlier you book, the greater prices you will enjoy. In some popular destinations, such as Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoian Old Town, etc., the demands for hotels are quite high during the peak season. If you are flexible, you can arrange the flights and hotels on your own. But we suggest you let your travel agency book flights and hotels for you because they know which flights match your itinerary well, and which hotels have great service and amenities. Besides, the agencies always have better prices of flights and hotels.

  1. Traveling with Children

You can definitely travel in Vietnam with your kids, which can be fun, entertaining and educational. The profound culture, great history, amazing natural landscape, unique food and budget shopping make the Danang City the perfect destination for family travel. Besides, it is safe and easy to travel with children in Vietnam because most destinations are connected by fast flights, train or bus. There are many things to do for your family vacation – visiting the cute animals or even having a volunteering job, leisurely hiking the Sapa, making new friends with local kids in the custom parks, entertaining in the amusement parks, taking Kungfu classes, enjoying the acrobatic show, etc. At the same time, don’t worry about the accommodation, dinning, and transportation in Vietnam. Comfort, fun, experiences… all are acquirable if you plan the trip in advance well. Before leaving for Vietnam, make sure you have everything you absolutely need but haven’t over-packed, because you can find many of the necessary kinds of stuff for kids or infants in Vietnam.

8. Money and Currency in Vietnam

Đồng or VND is the official currency of Vienam.Vietnamese people often call Đồng as “Nghìn Đồng”, both of the two pronunciations are used among Vietnam. For example, 1 000 = 1 Nghìn Đồng. Notes are available for 1000 Đồng, 2000 Đồng, 5000 Đồng, 10000 Đồng, 20000 Đồng, 50000 Đồng, 100000 Đồng, 200000 Đồng, 500000 Đồng

Most businesses in Vietnam only accept Vietnam currency. But your travel agency usually accepts USD, EURO, GBP and AUD. You can change Vietnamese currency at airports, banks, ATMs, hotels and exchangers. During your travel in Vietnam, you are suggested to bring some cash for daily payments of food, taxi, shopping, etc. Most ATMs in Vietnam allow you to withdraw Vietnamese money in big cities, such as Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Saigon, etc.

9. Start Packing and Review Your Medical Checklist

Pack light and only bring necessary stuff because you can get most stuff you want to buy in Vietnamese. Besides, your baggage will definitely get fuller and heavier as there are too many interesting things you can shop in Vietnam.

Bring and keep your passport and Vietnamese visa well. Getting any of them will be a very serious problem in Vietnam. Just in case, you can duplicate several copies of them and keep the originals and the copies separately. Also remember to bring your bank card, and credit card and confirmations of your bookings of flights, hotels, and trains.

As for clothing, you should wear it accordingly to specific seasons and destinations. Check Vietnam Weather or ask your travel consultant for recommendations. Bring different sizes of bags to make a classified packing: large bags for clothing and some rarely used stuff before stepping off the plane; a small bag for frequently used stuff and carry with you.

Before packing, you should understand there are some luggage restrictions entering Vietnam by air. Varying from different airlines, the restrictions can be hard to tell one by one.

10. Learn More about Vietnam

Vietnam is quite a different country from America, Australia, and Europe. There are many interesting things to read about Vietnam, such as festivals, food, history, facts, etc. Learning about Chinese culture will help you understand well the things your tour guides explain to you during your trip.


Thi Van Pham


Indo-Pacific Travel is a leading comprehensive online Vietnam travel agency, providing different customized tours all over Vietnam! Our mission is to make incredible Vietnam travel happen to everyone. Discover the REAL Vietnam with Indo-Pacific Travel! Our leaders who have been dedicated to tourism in Vietnam for almost 20 years, find a unique way to travel. 2019 is the time to create our own brand, Indo-Pacific Travel. A few years ago, we have been specialized in offering classic complete Vietnam vacation packages, in-depth tours of Vietnamese cities, and special theme tours to all global friends who want to discover the REAL Vietnam

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