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Vietnam

Timeless Beauty, Modern Spirit

Dive into the enchanting landscapes and vibrant culture of Vietnam. From bustling cities to serene countryside, indulge in the richness of Vietnamese heritage and cuisine. Join us on a personalized exploration of Vietnam's hidden treasures - your dream trip awaits!

Best Vietnam Journeys

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13 days unlock Vietnam hidden wonders
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Hanoi → Sapa → Hoang Su Phi → Ha Giang → Dong Van → Ma Pi Leng → Nho Que river → Ba Be lake → Ban Gioc waterfall → Hanoi

A Vietnam culture trip traverses landscapes unseen by many, from serene villages to untouched wonders waiting to be revealed. Immerse yourself in the authentic spirit of Vietnam, where untold stories and natural beauty converge.

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Vietnam: A captivating 14-day north to south expedition
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Hanoi → Sapa → Lan Ha Bay → Da Nang/ Hoi An → Hue → Ho Chi Minh city → Mekong Delta → Ben Tre coconut town

Embark on a captivating north-to-south Vietnam tour. Immerse in the vibrant streets of Hanoi, tranquil beauty of Halong Bay, lush rice terraces of Sapa, charming lanes of Hoi An, and the dynamic spirit of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnam: An emotional 14-day journey of culture & beaches
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Hanoi → Lan Ha bay → Cat Ba island → Da Nang → Hoi An → Mekong Delta → Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi tunnels → Mui Ne beach

Embark on an unforgettable 14-day journey through the enchanting Vietnam tour, where culture and pristine beaches blend seamlessly to create an emotionally resonant experience.

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calendar 12 DAYS
Enjoy Vietnam fun-filled family vacation 12-day fantastic trip
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Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi tunnels → Ben Tre coconut town → Hoi An ancient town → Cham Island → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Bai Tu Long Bay

Join us on a 12-day odyssey to Vietnam through bustling cities, serene landscapes, and vibrant cultures, tailored perfectly for families of all ages.

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calendar 12 DAYS
Vietnam classic tour - Discover the soul of a nation in 12 days
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Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi tunnels → Cai Rang Floating Market → Marble Mountain → Hoi An → Hue → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Lan Ha Bay → Cat Ba Island

Embark on a journey through the heart of Vietnam with a Vietnam 12-day tour, immersing yourself in the authentic soul of the country from south to north. Vietnam promises an enchanting experience that will leave you yearning for more.

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calendar 16 DAYS
Unveil Vietnam's heritage trail in 16 days
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Hanoi → Halong Bay → Ninh Binh → Phong Nha → Hue → Hoi An → My Son → Ho Chi Minh city → Cu Chi tunnels → Mekong Delta

Unleash the magic of a Vietnam culture trip. Immerse yourself in the country's unparalleled history, culture, and breathtaking natural wonders.

Vietnam and Cambodia tour
calendar 18 DAYS
Vietnam & Cambodia 18 days family adventure
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Hanoi → Fansipan Mountain → Lan Ha Bay → Cat Ba Island → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi Tunnels → Mekong Delta/ Vinh Long → Angkor Wat

This 18-day family adventure package for the Vietnam and Cambodia tour is more than just a vacation; it's an investment in experiences that will strengthen your family bond and broaden your horizons.

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calendar 8 DAYS
8-day Vietnam beach paradise with food delights & culture
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Hanoi → Halong bay → Lan Ha bay → Tra Bau area → Cat Ba world biosphere → Trung Trang cave → Phu Quoc Island

Embark on a Vietnam culture trip where ancient temples unveil their secrets, delectable cuisine tantalizes your taste buds, and the embrace of pristine beaches etches moments of pure inspiration into your soul.

free things to do in Hoi An fishing village
calendar 5 DAYS
5 unforgettable days in the heart of Southern Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City → Independence Palace → Ben Thanh market → Central post office → Cu Chi tunnels → Mekong Delta → Vung Liem → Coco Riverside Lodge

Immerse yourself in a South Vietnam trip! Explore bustling Saigon, cruise the Mekong Delta, delve into local crafts, and navigate the Cu Chi tunnels.

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calendar 5 DAYS
Discover Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Lan Ha bay in 5 days
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Hanoi → The museum of ethnology → Hoa Lo prison → Hanoi Old Quarter → Hanoi train street → Ninh Binh → Van Long Nature Reserve → Halong bay - Lan Ha Bay → Cat Ba Island

Escape the North Vietnam trip with us! Explore bustling Hanoi's Old Quarter, then marvel at Ninh Binh's mystical karst landscape. Sail through mystical Halong Bay, a World Heritage masterpiece.

Vietnam Cambodia and Laos tours
calendar 22 DAYS
Indochina - A mesmerizing 22-day adventure
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Hanoi → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Lan Ha Bay → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi Tunnels → Mekong Delta → Phnom Penh → Siem Reap → Luang Prabang

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the enchanting Vietnam Cambodia and Laos tours, where ancient wonders intertwine with serene spiritual havens.

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calendar 16 DAYS
Vietnam & Thailand: 16 Days of Family Fun and Adventure!
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Ho Chi Minh city → Cu Chi tunnels → Mekong Delta → Hoi An → Hanoi → Halong Bay → Chiang Mai → Elephant Farm → Phuket → Phang Nga Bay → Jame Bond Island

Look no further than a Vietnam & Thailand family trip, where vibrant cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and endless fun await you!

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Mar 11, 2024
Our 22-day trip for two through Vietnam and Laos made by Asia Encounter was absolutely amazing! Great appreciation to Tracey for planning everything so perfectly, and to Tim for being the coolest guide ever! Tracey's…
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Mar 05, 2024
Best Beach trip ever in life!
Our journey with Asia Encounter, especially with Grace as our travel planner, was absolutely amazing. Right from the start of planning our trip to Vietnam's beach paradise, Grace showed incredible attention to detail. She was…
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Mar 03, 2024
A Vietnam adventure to remember!
Our Vietnam escapade with Asia Encounter was an absolute a great memory. Big thanks to Sam, the mastermind behind our adventure. She hooked us up with the perfect itinerary that matched our vibe. And there's…
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Feb 28, 2024
I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for the incredible 14-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia that my family recently experienced. We had such a wonderful time, and Asia Encounter team's attention to detail…
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Feb 28, 2024
Great time in Vietnam
We had an amazing time in Vietnam thanks to Asia Encounter. The organization was done very well, Sam was always present whether during the preparations or vacation, very enthusiastic and attentive in case of small…
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Feb 27, 2024
Highly recommend giving Asia Encounter a shot.
I and my family went on a 22-day adventure with Asia Encounter, exploring Vietnam and Laos, and it was absolutely fantastic! The itinerary Sam crafted for us was spot-on, catering perfectly to both adults and…
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Feb 23, 2024
Smooth trip! Recommend Grace and Tim!
Grace organized our trip with utmost professional attitude, attentive to cater every details of the trip. The accomodation was great, and everything went smoothly, even the weather! We were a group of 5 and we…
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Feb 21, 2024
Our trip around Vietnam was put together by Sam at Asia Encounter, was absolutely amazing! Everything was just spot on, from the transfers to the accommodations, tours, and guides - was just perfect. Sam craft…
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Feb 18, 2024
it's an amazing trip! It's great to hear that Ha Long impressed me with its beauty and that I enjoyed the pleasant weather and specialties. It's also wonderful that me found the people hospitable. Recommending…
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Feb 18, 2024
WE had an epic journey!
We love our 22-day adventure made by Asia Encounter. It was nothing short of epic! our travel planner, Ms.Grace, crafted an incredible itinerary thru Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang and Hoi An with all…
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Feb 12, 2024
Awesome
I want to share my incredible experience with Asia Encounter on my 12 days Vietnam tour focused on culture & beaches! I love every single moment we had experienced in Sapa and Hoi An. The…
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Feb 05, 2024
Unforgettable honeymoon in Vietnam
Just wanted to share the absolute blast my partner and I had on our honeymoon in Vietnam. It was incredible! Vietnam really stole our hearts. The Mekong delta totally swept us off our feet with…
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Feb 04, 2024
Amazing family trip made by Sam
I and my family had the amazing time travelling Vietnam with Asian Encounter! Sam was a superstar who make our family vacation unforgettable. We were totally blown away by the beauty of Phu Quoc, Viet…
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Feb 03, 2024
Wonderful solo trip ever. Very satisfied
Asia Encounter went above and beyond to ensure my 14 days Vietnam adventure were exceptional. I was impressed with the variety of destinations and local experience, from bustling cities in the South, villages in Ninh…
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Jan 31, 2024
Absolutely no need to worry!
This is my first time using a tour service in Vietnam, Grace Tran is not only reliable but also attentive to our needs. No matter what you have in mind, she has the expertise to…
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Plan your trip to Vietnam

We offer the chance to become part of the captivating story that is Vietnam. "Go East, Live your myth" isn't just a slogan; it's a call to become one with the captivating narratives, rich cultures, and breathtaking landscapes of Asia.

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About Asia Encounter

We don't just offer tours - We offer the chance to become part of the captivating story that is Asia!

Asia Encounter brings together a team driven by a deep passion for Asia, born and nurtured amid the vibrant hues and enigmatic tales of our beloved continent. We believe that Asia has the power to reveal the deepest layers of your identity, to uncover the latent stories within you, and to mold each traveler into a storyteller. With every step you take, you breathe life into your own myth, leaving footprints of inspiration and wonder along the path. Let the East beckon you with its tales of wonder, let its cultures embrace you, and let its myths awaken the adventurer within. Come, be inspired, and let the purest beauty of the East reveal its enchanting secrets to you.

Meet our team

MS TRACY DO
MS. TRACY DO
CEO/ Co-Founder20-year experience in travel
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MS. KATA TRAN
DOS/ Co-Founder16-year experience in travel
MS HIEN DANG
MS. HIEN DANG
DOM/ Co-Founder14-year experience in travel
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FAQs

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Where should I visit in Vietnam on my 1st-time tour routes?

If this is your first time travelling to Vietnam, stick to the classic destinations is the great option. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta are the most popular places.

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What language is spoken in Vietnam?

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.

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Is English spoken throughout Vietnam?

English is not spoken by many residents of Vietnam. However, in tourist areas, English will be understood in hotels and restaurants.

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What currency is used in Vietnam?

The currency used throughout Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Mastercard and Visa are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and attractions in tourist areas. ATMs are readily available in most major centers.

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Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

Most nationalities are required to obtain tourist visa in advance to travel to Vietnam. When obtaining your visa you should allow 3 weeks for processing with your nearest embassy or consulate, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Please check with your embassy or consulate for further requirements. Some nationalities are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days, including British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes). This exemption period is currently effective until 30 June 2021, and is based upon meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. If you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance (please contact your relevant Consulate or Embassy). Please also check requirements if you plan to re-enter Vietnam. An eVisa is available for some nationalities including passport holders from Australia (from 2018), France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America, valid for a single entry of a maximum of 30 days stay in Vietnam. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit the immigration website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ Evisas take up to 3 days to be processed. You will need a clear electronic copy of your passport data page and passport photo, and to make a non-refundable payment as outlined on the immigration website. Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

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Is WiFi readily available?

Internet access and Wifi are easily accessible in city centers, but connections may be spotty or limited in remote areas.

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Can I use my cell phone in Vietnam?

It is possible to purchase a SIM card once in Vietnam but phone usage may be limited in mountainous or rural areas.

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Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Vietnam, but it is always appreciated. If you’re happy with the services provided by waiters, drivers and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels. Tipping also encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Carrying small notes of local currency will make tipping easier. It is best to avoid tipping with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes, as this can be regarded as an insult. Participate in a tipping kitty. Your local leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty on the first day of your trip. In a group tipping kitty, everybody contributes an equal amount at the start of the tour that your leader uses to tip drivers, local guides and hotel staff on your behalf. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent, which can be checked at any time. Any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassle of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty is optional, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader. Tipping your local leader or tour guide in Vietnam You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however US$2-US$4 per person, per day is a commonly used guideline. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

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What are the toilets like in Vietnam?

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Vietnam. The standard toilet is of the squat variety, and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.

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Can I drink the water in Vietnam?

Drinking tap water generally isn’t recommended in Vietnam. Water contaminated with pathogenic organisms is a major source of sickness and can lead to traveller’s experiencing diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, giardia, dysentery and hepatitis A. It’s also advisable to avoid raw vegetables, fruits with edible skins and drinks with ice. Opt for cooked foods and fruits that need to be peeled instead. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Bring a reusable bottle or canteen (we recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity) that can be refilled as needed. Some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. Your leader can tell you where to find filtered water or you can bring purification tables. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

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Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Vietnam?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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What is ATM access like in Vietnam?

ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.

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What are transportation options in Vietnam?

There are many ways to get around in Vietnam. Domestic flights within the country can allow quick and convenient travel between the north and south parts of the country. Trains or hired drivers are also available to visit smaller towns or villages. Bicycle rentals are also available to get around city and town areas.

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Is Vietnam a family-friendly destination?

There are many activities and places to visit in Vietnam that the whole family can enjoy! Some of these are exploring Ho Chi Minh City, venturing through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruising along the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.

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Should I travel to North, Central or South Vietnam?

The best time to visit North Vietnam is between August and December when the temperature is not too humid and not yet cold. Northern Vietnam is where the popular signature dish Pho originates from and where you will find the county’s capital city, Hanoi. Other areas that are worth visiting are Halong Bay and Sapa. Central Vietnam has some amazing beaches which can be found in Da Nang. Hue, which used to be the capital of Vietnam, and Hoi An are rich in history. The best time to visit South Vietnam is between December and April to avoid the rainy season. Cuisine in this area is influenced by Cambodia and Thailand. The south part of the country is also more open-minded, friendly and energetic than central or north Vietnam. Some noteworthy places to visit in the south are Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat and Nha Trang.

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Is Vietnam a LGBTQI-friendly destination?

The LGBQTI community is gradually gaining recognition in Vietnam, with gay pride parades becoming a regular occurrence and a lift on same-sex marriage bans in 2015. With that said, Vietnam is still a conservative culture and many still hide their sexuality from their families. Ho CHi Minh City and Hanoi have some gay-friendly bars and events. It is generally recommended that both gay and straight couples resist showing public displays of affection.

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What are the best things to eat in Vietnam?

Traditional Vietnamese food is typified by its use of fresh herbs and vegetables and its wide regional variance. Vietnamese food is influenced by its Chinese and Khmer neighbors and echoes of French colonization. Some of the best things to eat in Vietnam are noodle soups (pho, bun mam, bun bo hue), bread rolls (banh mi), savoury pancakes (banh xeo) and fresh tropical fruits.

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What are the best things to drink in Vietnam?

Our list of best things to drink in Vietnam includes ice coffee, fruit smoothies, fresh coconut juice straight from a freshly cracked green coconut, sugar cane juice, local beers and artisan rice wine.

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Where should I visit in Vietnam on my 1st-time tour routes?

If this is your first time travelling to Vietnam, stick to the classic destinations is the great option. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta are the most popular places.

What language is spoken in Vietnam?

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.

Is English spoken throughout Vietnam?

English is not spoken by many residents of Vietnam. However, in tourist areas, English will be understood in hotels and restaurants.

What currency is used in Vietnam?

The currency used throughout Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Mastercard and Visa are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and attractions in tourist areas. ATMs are readily available in most major centers.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

Most nationalities are required to obtain tourist visa in advance to travel to Vietnam. When obtaining your visa you should allow 3 weeks for processing with your nearest embassy or consulate, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Please check with your embassy or consulate for further requirements. Some nationalities are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days, including British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes). This exemption period is currently effective until 30 June 2021, and is based upon meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. If you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance (please contact your relevant Consulate or Embassy). Please also check requirements if you plan to re-enter Vietnam. An eVisa is available for some nationalities including passport holders from Australia (from 2018), France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America, valid for a single entry of a maximum of 30 days stay in Vietnam. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit the immigration website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ Evisas take up to 3 days to be processed. You will need a clear electronic copy of your passport data page and passport photo, and to make a non-refundable payment as outlined on the immigration website. Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

Is WiFi readily available?

Internet access and Wifi are easily accessible in city centers, but connections may be spotty or limited in remote areas.

Can I use my cell phone in Vietnam?

It is possible to purchase a SIM card once in Vietnam but phone usage may be limited in mountainous or rural areas.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Vietnam, but it is always appreciated. If you’re happy with the services provided by waiters, drivers and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels. Tipping also encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Carrying small notes of local currency will make tipping easier. It is best to avoid tipping with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes, as this can be regarded as an insult. Participate in a tipping kitty. Your local leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty on the first day of your trip. In a group tipping kitty, everybody contributes an equal amount at the start of the tour that your leader uses to tip drivers, local guides and hotel staff on your behalf. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent, which can be checked at any time. Any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassle of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty is optional, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader. Tipping your local leader or tour guide in Vietnam You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however US$2-US$4 per person, per day is a commonly used guideline. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

What are the toilets like in Vietnam?

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Vietnam. The standard toilet is of the squat variety, and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.

Can I drink the water in Vietnam?

Drinking tap water generally isn’t recommended in Vietnam. Water contaminated with pathogenic organisms is a major source of sickness and can lead to traveller’s experiencing diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, giardia, dysentery and hepatitis A. It’s also advisable to avoid raw vegetables, fruits with edible skins and drinks with ice. Opt for cooked foods and fruits that need to be peeled instead. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Bring a reusable bottle or canteen (we recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity) that can be refilled as needed. Some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. Your leader can tell you where to find filtered water or you can bring purification tables. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Vietnam?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

What is ATM access like in Vietnam?

ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.

What are transportation options in Vietnam?

There are many ways to get around in Vietnam. Domestic flights within the country can allow quick and convenient travel between the north and south parts of the country. Trains or hired drivers are also available to visit smaller towns or villages. Bicycle rentals are also available to get around city and town areas.

Is Vietnam a family-friendly destination?

There are many activities and places to visit in Vietnam that the whole family can enjoy! Some of these are exploring Ho Chi Minh City, venturing through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruising along the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.

Should I travel to North, Central or South Vietnam?

The best time to visit North Vietnam is between August and December when the temperature is not too humid and not yet cold. Northern Vietnam is where the popular signature dish Pho originates from and where you will find the county’s capital city, Hanoi. Other areas that are worth visiting are Halong Bay and Sapa. Central Vietnam has some amazing beaches which can be found in Da Nang. Hue, which used to be the capital of Vietnam, and Hoi An are rich in history. The best time to visit South Vietnam is between December and April to avoid the rainy season. Cuisine in this area is influenced by Cambodia and Thailand. The south part of the country is also more open-minded, friendly and energetic than central or north Vietnam. Some noteworthy places to visit in the south are Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat and Nha Trang.

Is Vietnam a LGBTQI-friendly destination?

The LGBQTI community is gradually gaining recognition in Vietnam, with gay pride parades becoming a regular occurrence and a lift on same-sex marriage bans in 2015. With that said, Vietnam is still a conservative culture and many still hide their sexuality from their families. Ho CHi Minh City and Hanoi have some gay-friendly bars and events. It is generally recommended that both gay and straight couples resist showing public displays of affection.

What are the best things to eat in Vietnam?

Traditional Vietnamese food is typified by its use of fresh herbs and vegetables and its wide regional variance. Vietnamese food is influenced by its Chinese and Khmer neighbors and echoes of French colonization. Some of the best things to eat in Vietnam are noodle soups (pho, bun mam, bun bo hue), bread rolls (banh mi), savoury pancakes (banh xeo) and fresh tropical fruits.

What are the best things to drink in Vietnam?

Our list of best things to drink in Vietnam includes ice coffee, fruit smoothies, fresh coconut juice straight from a freshly cracked green coconut, sugar cane juice, local beers and artisan rice wine.