How to happily travel to Vietnam?

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If you are craving for a dose of history mixed with exotic culture, Vietnam is waiting for your exploration! But do you know how to happily travel to Vietnam? Let’s check out some Vietnam traveling tips!

How to bargain in Vietnam?

Bargain in Vietnam

How to bargain in Vietnam? (Source: Internet)

Unlike Europe or North America, where most prices are fixed and well noted, Vietnam, like many other developing countries, likes to play it hidden. Therefore, haggling in Vietnam is not an intimidating, annoying, and time-consuming task but a whole cultural experience. You know what? Many people even choose a Vietnam tour to experience by themselves because of what they have read in some Vietnam travel reviews.

In Vietnam, it is not wise to right away take the first price offered to you whether it is for a hotel room, a motorbike ride, a trip to Halong Bay, or a motorbike ride, almost everything (between individuals or even with travel agencies and tour operator) can be negotiable. How can you prevent yourself from ruining your trip by getting too worked up over money?

The rule of thumb is that before haggling, you need to know the price of certain things. In Vietnam, asking directly how much something cost is not a social taboo. So, do not hesitate to say: “Can you give some discount?” or “It’s too expensive for me”. Start with two third of the quoted price! If your effort is no use in haggling, just walk away! If you have offered a fair price and been rejected the trader will normally call you back and agree. If all the shops offer you the same price, it is exactly what you should be paying for. Another trick to bargain in Vietnam is to do it in Vietnamese, which makes the local vendors think you live there and hopefully, they will tell you the most reasonable price.

How to cross the streets in Vietnam?

How to cross the streets in Vietnam

How to cross the streets in Vietnam (Source: Internet)

You think that it is ridiculous to learn how to cross the streets in Vietnam? Once you have set foot in busy cities like Hanoi capital city and especially Ho Chi Minh City, you will realize how bad your mistake is. On any normal day, crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh City, the city of over six million populations with the motorbike being the most preferred mode of transportation, is an utterly terrifying act. Of course, the first advice is to respect the traffic law and consequently set the example for others. Do not let the incredible volume of motorbikes on the road make you feel scared!

If there are locals in your entourage, it is highly recommended to enlist their help! Vietnamese people are really famous for their friendliness and they are all more than happy to help you cross the streets.

Busy street in Hanoi

Busy street in Hanoi (Source: Internet)

If you have to do it alone, all you have to do while crossing is walk out with confidence, take it slow and don’t panic. Walk as slowly as possible, but whatever you do, don’t stop either. Keep moving at an even pace means that you are likely to make it to the other side safe and sound. Crossing the street in Vietnam does sound dangerous, but it’s also a lot of fun once your feet cross the pavement to the other side.

How many days to spend in Vietnam?

Depending on how many destinations you want to visit in Vietnam, the length of your holiday can be different. If you choose Vietnam’s capital city, it is a good idea to spend a couple of days in the city, 2 or 3 days in Halong Bay for an overnight cruise to enjoy the karst islands and a few days in the mountains at Sapa where you can do some trekking to these peaceful remote villages, experience homestay, mingle with the ethnic people, and visit some towering waterfalls, etc. before back to Hanoi.

Dalat

Dalat (Source: Internet)

If you choose Ho Chi Minh City, after few days in town, you could take a 2-day trip to the Mekong Delta, then head up to the romantic town of Dalat for 1 day, then perhaps to Phu Quoc where you can go island hopping and also enjoy the beach before returning to Saigon. They are all do-it-yourself itinerary. However, if you prefer a pre-arranged tour, let streetfoodofsaigon be your fellow travelers!

No matter how many days you have in Vietnam, you will have a great range of things to do and see.

Vietnam dos and don’ts

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Vietnam has a great cultural diversity of various interesting and unique customs. There are also many dos and don’ts that tourists should take them into consideration when you travel to Vietnam. Let’s check out some top Vietnam dos and don’ts and take some note so that you won’t be involved in any embarrassing situations.

1. Don’t do these things in Vietnam

  • Shopping without bargaining

Many Vietnamese salesmen rarely use a fixed cost for their goods, it changes and depends on who buy it. Not all everyone, but sometimes they tell the price of the items higher than usual, or repay less charge than it should be. It happens every day, so you should be very careful. Make sure that you’ve bargained many times before paying for it.

Street shops in Vietnam

Street shops in Vietnam

  • Being confused between “15” and “50”

It usually happens when you buy a street item, for example, a cup of coconut milk, or a pair of shoes, let’s make sure that it’s fifteen thousand dong, not fifty thousand dong. So, when asking for the price, let’s use your figures or write it down on a paper or something like that and make sure that you understand what the salesman says correctly. You think 35.000 dong is a small sum of money, but it’s also one of the main reasons why foreign tourists don’t want to come back Vietnam. No one wants to be cheated, of course.

  • Eating breakfast in the hotel

Most of the hotels with the standard above 2 stars will serve you breakfast. However, Vietnam is known as the heaven of cheap and tasty street foods, such as bun, pho, hu tieu, bread, etc. So, why don’t you refuse the offer of breakfast of the hotel and go out, try a lot of tasty street foods sold in any streets in Vietnam?

Street food in Vietnam

Street food in Vietnam

  • Being careless when driving a motorbike

Traffic accidents are a big problem with tourists in Vietnam. However, motorbike trip is still a big attraction when foreign tourists travel to Vietnam. So, in this list of Vietnam dos and don’ts, we suggest that you should be very careful when driving any means of transport, especially motorbike – the most popular transportation and also the most frequent victim of traffic accidents in this country. You can also hire experienced drivers and don’t forget to bring along with you a travel insurance in case of urgent situations.

Motor tour in Vietnam

Motor tour in Vietnam

  • Eating foods without safe-food insurance

Digesting problems usually happen with inexperienced tourists. Sometimes, you may eat something not so fresh in some street cafés, especially when eating foods with soup. So, you should eat in reliable cafés, restaurants, etc. and make sure that they’re boiled perfectly. And you should prepare a little drug for unexpected situations.

2. Things you should do

Although there are many things you should avoid and many unexpected situations that you may be involved in when you travel to Vietnam, there’re a lot of attractions that you shouldn’t miss and should do at least once to experience a memorable Vietnam culture tour. In this list of Vietnam do and don’t, we mention here many interesting things that you shouldn’t miss.

Sleep overnight on Ha Long Bay

Night on Ha Long Bay

Night on Ha Long Bay

  • Have a tailor-made clothing at a local sewing shop.
  • Take a cyclo trip through the ancient French Quarter of Saigon.
  • Enjoy “pho ga” (chicken noodle) in a street food shop.

Pho ga Hanoi

Pho ga Hanoi

  • Watch traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Join in a full moon festival in Hoi An Ancient Town.
  • Drink ethnic alcohol called “rượu cần”.
  • Experience a boat trip on the Perfume River in Hue, visit the royal tomb.
  • Visit, go shopping in the largest market in Saigon – Ben Thanh market.
  • Walk around the Old Streets in Hanoi.
  • Enjoy a trip on a Vietnam North-South Train.

Vietnam train travel

Vietnam train travel

  • Explore natural beauty in Northwest area.
  • Stay in wonderful seaside resorts, eat seafood, and visit beautiful beaches.

A luxury seaside resort in Vietnam

A luxury seaside resort in Vietnam

These are some Vietnam dos and don’ts that you should take into consideration and list in your traveling plan. We hope that with these suggestions, you’ll have a really wonderful and enjoyable trip to Vietnam, have lots of good experiences and unforgettable moments.