Vietnam Travel Guide

Remarkably exotic and undeniably intriguing, Vietnam is a land of gorgeous panoramas, rich culture and a street food scene that is well worth exploring – and that’s just the beginning. There are unforgettable beaches. History calling to be uncovered. Tangled backstreets filled with French-colonial architecture. Friendly faces that make you feel instantly welcomed. This is your adventure. 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    While Vietnam is a small country, the temperatures vary greatly between the north and south regions. But, despite the varying seasons, Vietnam is a year-round destination and you just need to make sure you pick the right time to suit your travel needs. June through August is when Vietnam is at its hottest and for travellers who prefer to avoid extreme heat, it would be best to travel at another time. For sun lovers, this is your time to shine – but be aware that it will rain heavily in the south but the north should be clear from the rain. If you’re on a budget, avoid August as school holidays will cause accommodation prices to rise. 

  2. Low Season

    November to January

    In the northern part of Vietnam, travellers will face the possibility of snow accompanied by cool temperatures. On the other hand, if you travel in the south, the dry season tends to last from December to late April and the climate will be warm (minimum 20°C on average) so it really does depend on where you want to explore most. If the weather patterns of Vietnam have only left you confused, the best time to explore the country overall would be during spring (March and April) or autumn (September or December) for the most favourable climate. 

Vietnam Tours

FAQs about Vietnam

  • Do you tip in Vietnam?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Vietnam (compared to the likes of North America), but it is recommended to leave a tip to show your gratitude and appreciation for the food or service. Tips of USD $3-5 per day is recommended for tour guides. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web while in Vietnam. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    No. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills. Also be careful about washing fruit and some ice cubes while in Vietnam. 
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Vietnam. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Vietnam celebrates New Year’s Day on January 1, Lunar New Year in February, Hung Kings Commemoration Day on April 25, Reunification Day on April 30, Labor Day on May 1, National Day on September 2 among other regional holidays. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    Most toilets in Vietnam are Western-style toilets but don’t be surprised if the occasional squat toilet appears across rural parts of the country. Be prepared to carry your own toilet paper. 
  • Is Vietnam a safe country to travel solo?

    Most definitely! Vietnam is frequently listed as one of the best places to travel solo given its friendly people and popular backpacker hostels where you can meet other like-minded travellers. As with many destinations, visitors must always use common sense and practice due caution when travelling.
  • What scams should I avoid?

    Often times vendors will offer to let you snap a picture with them but then demand exorbitant payment in return. Always decide on the cost of service with cyclo drivers to avoid conflict later. Finally, be careful of websites selling fake train tickets and vendors selling fake sunscreen.