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Vietnam's reinvention as Southeast Asia's most exciting tourist destination has long since been complete. After wars for the larger part of the 20th century, the country is now a hotspot for foodies, beach bums and thrill-seekers alike. Its capital, Hanoi, has managed to retain its old-style feel despite an economic boom. Its Old Quarter is a riot of delectable food stalls, markets and labyrinthine streets. Ho Chi Minh City serves up a more modern edge, while the UNESCO-protected town of Hoi An has kept its charm despite the swathes of tourists. Vietnam's natural wonders, from Ha Long Bay to the Mekong Delta via the beaches of Da Nang, make it truly magical.

Through the below article, we will guide you through Vietnam visa policy for Australian travelers, the best time to visit, how to find the best flight to Vietnam, where to go, what to do, suitable tour packages from Australia, and much more.

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Vietnam overview

A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.

Sensory Overload

Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.

History & Culture

Vietnamese culture is complex, diverse and represents something of a history lesson. The nation's labyrinthine, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect centuries-old mercantile influences. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Meanwhile the broad, tree-lined boulevards and grand state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period. And it's impossible to forget Vietnam's pivotal position close to the epicentre of East Asian power and prosperity, for its cities' skylines are defined by clusters of glass-and-steel corporate HQs and sleek luxury hotels.

A Culinary Superpower

Thailand may contest the top spot, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavours and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travelers – myriad street-food tours and cooking schools are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of the north, spices sparking up southern cuisine, and herbs and complex techniques typifying the central coastline, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean hot spot. And up and down the country you can mingle with villagers, sample local dishes and sip rice wine in Vietnam's many regional markets.

Thrills & Chills

If you have the bills, Vietnam has the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, such as motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments to simple family-run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.

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Best time to visit Vietnam

The best time of year to visit the whole Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November). The temperatures are more moderate, and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.

It is the fact that Vietnam is a year-round destination. Every time of year, you can always find the sun somewhere (more or less).

You can check the detailed guide to know exactly where and when to go in Vietnam throughout the year.

Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy for Australian Travelers

Australian passport holders need a via to travel to Vietnam, there are 3 different visa types for you to do so.

Visa online (e-Visa)

The e-Visa is an electronic travel authorization from the Vietnam Government for up to 30 consecutive days, SINGLE ENTRY, issued in PDF format. It is the equivalent to a visa, but no stamp or label is placed in the passport. The e-Visa is an entry requirement to travel to and within Vietnam.

The tourist e-Visa fee is $25/visa/time. You can apply via the official website of immigration office here.

Below are some notes for Vietnam e-Visa:

  • The e-Visa is a single-entry visa.
  • The e-Visa is valid for 30 days, from the proposed date of entry indicated during the application.
  • e-Visa holders may remain in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for a maximum of 30 consecutive days after the initial entry date.
  • Once the first 30 days have passed, and renewal be needed, e-Visa holders in Vietnam may be considered to grant new visa if being invited/guaranteed by authority/organization/individual in Vietnam in accordance with Law on foreigners' entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.
  • The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 01 month after arrival to Vietnam and it must have at least two blank pages for the immigration and border control officer.
  • Minors with their own passport must complete a full e-Visa application. Minors aged 14 and under included on their parent’s passport will have to be included on their parents e-Visa application.
  • Applicants are required to carry a copy of their e-Visa at all times during their stay.

Check more about Vietnam Visa Online (e-Visa) here.

Visa on arrival

Australian Citizens can also apply for Vietnam Visa on arrival, which is also very easy.

3 steps to apply for your Vietnam Visa on Arrival

  • Step 1: Apply online through a visa agent for an approval letter, which may take 3-5 working days for standard processing and 8 working hours for urgent processing.
  • Step 2: Receive the approval letter by email and print a hard copy. Prepare 2 passport sized photos, your passport and stamping fee of US $25 (for single entry visa) and US $50 (for multiple entry visa) in cash.
  • Step 3: Present all above mentioned documents to get your visa stamp upon arrival at an international airport in Vietnam. That’s it!

How much do you pay for your Vietnam Visa on arrival?

Single entry - 1 month 18 USD 25 USD
Multiple entry - 1 month 23 USD 50 USD
Single entry - 3 month 28 USD 25 USD
Multiple entry - 3 month 43 USD 50 USD
Multiple entry - 12 month (US passports) 60 USD 135 USD

* The stamping fee is payable by cash at Vietnam airport in Vietnamese Dongs and US dollars (credit cards are not accepted).
* The service fee is based on 3 working days, and may differ from different suppliers

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Visa applied via Vietnam embassy or consulate abroad.

Last but not least, Australian citizens can apply for Vietnam tourist visa via a Vietnam embassy or consulate in Australia at the address below:

Vietnam Embassy in Canberra

  • Address: 6 Timbarra, Crescent, O’Malley, ACT 2606, Australia
  • Phone: 61-2-6286 6059, 6290 1556, 6290 1894, 6286 6267
  • Fax: 61-2-6286 4534
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 -12:30 and 13:30-16:00

Vietnam Consulate in New South Wales

  • Address: Suite205, Level 2, Edgecliff Centre, 203-233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, New South Wales 2027.
  • Phone: (02) 9327 1912 / 9327 2539
  • Fax: (02) 9328 1653
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9h00 -12h30 13h30-16h00

Consulate General of Vietnam in Perth

Moreover, you can also visit one of the Vietnamese embassies along the way to Vietnam. For example, in case you visit Thailand, you can spend time visiting Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok to get your visa done before continuing your journey to Vietnam.

Vietnam visa requirements

Whichever visa type you are going to apply, below is the standard requirements:

  • 1 valid passport with at least 6-month validity (1 month for e-Visa) on the date of arrival and having at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 recent passport-sized color photos (electronic copy in case you apply for e-Visa)
  • Visa fee: $30/passport.

There may be some extra requirements depending on the port you enter or the embassy you visit. Please check it directly before proceeding.

In short, Australian passport holders can choose to apply Visa on arrival, Visa online (e-Visa), or via a Vietnamese Embassy abroad. This will depend on your travel plan.

For more information, you can check our guide for Vietnam Tourist Visa Policy here.

How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam from Australia?

For the flight cost, check the information below in this article (Getting to Vietnam from Australia)

Our recommended spending for your journey in Vietnam is about $120-150/person/day (group of 2 people). Of course, you can either spend less at about $90-100/person/day (even $30/day - backpacker style) or you can spend much higher depending on the services you expect on spot.

Here is our detailed guide for Budget & Currency for travelling in Vietnam

Getting flight to Vietnam from Australia

When travelling to Vietnam, it is wise to plan ahead and choose the destination airport to avoid long trips within the country. There are 3 major airports in Vietnam that serve different regions, but direct flights from Australia are available only to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City, the region’s most popular tourist destination. Tan Son Nhat is the biggest and the busiest airport in Vietnam and hosts several boutiques, malls, restaurants, and accommodation.

Those who want to visit Hanoi, the country’s capital, and travel around northern Vietnam, can opt for a one-stop flight to Bai International Airport (HAN), which is the biggest airport in the area. Among airlines which offer flights on that route are Scoot, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

If you are planning to visit Hue Imperial City, flying to Phu Bai International Airport will be most convenient as it is only 15 km away. You can also look for flights to Da Nang International Airport (DAD) located about 100 km from Hue. Due to the fact that Da Nang is the third busiest airport in Vietnam, flights there tend to be more frequent.

Flights from Australia to Vietnam may not require a stopover as there are direct flights available to all three main airports in the region. However, it is more affordable to opt for indirect flights that are routed through Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore. Opting for indirect flights will also give you the opportunity to experience a day in these popular tourist destinations.

Flight FAQs

Q. When is the best time to book flights to Vietnam?

Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Vietnam and go from there. 

Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Vietnam. 

Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.

Q. How long is the flight to Vietnam?

Adelaide to Hanoi 11 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)
Brisbane to Hanoi 12 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)
Melbourne to Hanoi 12 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)
Perth to Hanoi 10 hours (1 stop)
Sydney to Hanoi 9 hours 35 minutes (direct)


Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City 11 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)
Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City 11 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)
Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City 8 hours 25 minutes (direct)
Perth to Ho Chi Minh City 8 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)
Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City 8 hours 15 minutes (direct)


Q. Are there any nonstop flights to Vietnam?

Direct flights to Vietnam are available from both Melbourne and Sydney with Jetstar and Vietnam Airlines.

Other airlines such as Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Scoot and Singapore Airlines, offer 1-stop flights to Vietnam from various airports across Australia.

Q. Which Vietnam airport is closest to Hoi An?

Hoi An is a city in Vietnam that is well-known for its ancient town. While Hoi An has no airport, the best airport for tourists travelling here is the Da Nang International Airport (DAD) that is situated in the neighboring city, Da Nang. You will need to travel by road from the airport to Hoi An as there are also no trains travelling here. Visitors can expect an estimated travel time of 48min from the Da Nang International Airport (DAD) to the city of Hoi An.

Q. I’m travelling to Vietnam to visit Halong Bay. Where should I fly to?

Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is situated 30 km from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Travellers who arrive with the intention of heading to Halong Bay usually spend a day exploring the bustling main city and travel to Halong Bay the following day. The capital city boasts architecture that is centuries old and offers tourists a rich cultural experience.

Q. How much does it cost to fly to Vietnam?

The price ticket ranges from $350 to $650 depending on your flight route and date. 

We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date.

Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Vietnam

Top 10 places to visit in Vietnam

With its dizzying metropolises, blissful islands and immense national parks (not to mention a legendary cuisine!), Vietnam tops many travelers’ bucket lists. The highlights of the country are innumerable, but there are some spots that simply can’t be skipped. Here’s our list of the top places to visit in Vietnam.

1. Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay’s stunning combination of karst limestone peaks and sheltered, shimmering seas is one of Vietnam’s top tourist draws. But with more than 2000 islands, there’s plenty of superb scenery to go around. Definitely book an overnight cruise and make time for your own special moments on this World Heritage wonder – rise early for an ethereal misty dawn, or pilot a kayak into grottoes and lagoons. Prefer your karst landscapes a little less crowded? Try the less touristy but equally spectacular Lan Ha Bay, located a little way to the south, or Bai Tu Long, to the north.

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2. Ho Chi Minh City

Increasingly international but still unmistakable Vietnamese, former Saigon has visceral energy that will delight big-city devotees. HCMC doesn’t inspire neutrality: you’ll either be drawn into its thrilling vortex and hypnotized by the perpetual whir of its orbiting motorbikes, or you’ll find the whole experience overwhelming (and some visitors seem to be perpetually seesawing between the two). Dive in and you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of history (the War Remnants Museum is an essential stop), delicious food and a vibrant nightlife that ranges from beers on street corners to swanky cocktail lounges. The heat is always on in Saigon; loosen your collar and enjoy.

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3. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Vietnam’s headline natural wonder is the jaw-dropping Hang Son Doong, one of the world's largest caves, located in the heart of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The images of ant-like travelers shining head torches around the vast, empty caverns tug on the wanderlust strings; however, unless you have a cool $3000 to spend on a tour, you won’t be able to enter this subterranean marvel. But fear not because Phong Nha-Ke Bang has a wealth of other caves that you can clamber, crawl, boat or zipline through for a fraction of the cost, including Hang En, which boasts its own beach. More so, there are plenty of attractions above ground, including guided treks around the oldest karst mountains in Asia, home to tigers, elephants and 300 species of bird.

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4. Phu Quoc Island

Lapped by azure waters and edged with the kind of white-sand beaches that make sun-seekers sink to their weak knees, Phu Quoc – way down in the south of Vietnam – is ideal for slipping into low gear, reaching for a seaside cocktail and toasting a copper sun as it dips into the sea. And if you want to notch it up a tad, grab a bike and hit the red-dirt roads: the island is relatively compact, and offers areas of natural, unblemished jungle alongside some newer, less-serene additions (a Vietnamese version of Disneyland and the world's longest over-sea cable car as two examples).

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5. Hanoi

Vietnam’s capital is a city with one foot buried in a fascinating past, while the other strides confidently toward tomorrow. Sample Hanoi’s heady mix of history and ambition by wandering the streets of the Old Quarter, sipping an egg coffee (coffee prepared with egg yolks) or slurping on a hearty bowl of bun rieu cua (a sour crab noodle soup) while watching businessmen eat noodle breakfasts or play chess with goateed grandfathers. When you’re done, check out the crumbling decadence of the French Quarter then zip up the cosmopolitan Tay Ho for fine dining options and the lowdown on Hanoi’s growing art scene.

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6. Hoi An

Historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and charming town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befit its heritage. The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, elaborate Chinese guildhalls, and ancient tea warehouses – though, of course, residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced by tourist businesses. Lounge bars, boutique hotels, travel agents, a glut of tailor shops and vast numbers of daily tourists are very much part of the scene here. If it gets too much, hop on a bike to explore the town’s outskirts and pristine surroundings, where you’ll find that life moves at a much more sedate pace.

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7. Ba Be National Park

Detour off the regular Vietnam tourist trail in Ba Be National Park, an essential destination for adventurous travelers. The scenery here swoops from limestone mountains peaking at 1554m down into plunging valleys wrapped in dense evergreen forests, speckled with waterfalls and lakes. The park is a haven for hundreds of wildlife species, including monkeys, bears and pangolins (the only mammals wholly-covered in scales) as well as the highly endangered Vietnamese salamander, while birders will want to keep an eye out for the spectacular crested serpent eagle and the oriental honey buzzard, which can be spied on boat trips or trekking excursions. After a day of animal-spotting, recharge in rustic homestays and village guesthouses of the local Tay ethnic minority.

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8. Nha Trang

The high-rise, high-energy beach resort of Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting: it's ringed by a necklace of hills, with a turquoise bay dotted with tropical islands. A sweeping crescent beach of white sand defines the shoreline, backed by an impressive promenade dotted with parks and sculpture gardens. Inland there's a cosmopolitan array of boutiques and dining options, but as restaurant service winds down for the evening, nightlife cranks up – central Nha Trang is a party town at heart. Looking for a more tranquil vibe? The city also makes for a great launching pad for a beach crawl up the coast to the city of Quy Nhon, with stops at Doc Let, Bai Bau and Bai Xep.

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9. Hue

The capital of the nation in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hue is perhaps the easiest Vietnamese city to love and spend time in. Its situation on the banks of the Perfume River is sublime, its complex cuisine is justifiably famous, and its streets are relatively traffic-free. And that’s without mentioning the majesty of the Imperial City, a citadel within a citadel, housing the emperor’s residence, temples and palaces, and the main buildings of state, within six-meter-high, 2.5km-long walls. Explore the city’s fringes to find some of Vietnam’s most impressive pagodas and royal tombs, many in wonderful natural settings.

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10. Ha Giang

Ha Giang province is Vietnam’s spectacular destination for intrepid cyclists, with dizzying ascents up the Quan Ba Pass (Heaven’s Gate), jaw-dropping vistas on the epic ride between Dong Van and Meo Vac and the opportunity to venture to Lung Cu, a hilltop flag tower that marks the most northern point of the country. And with improved roads, new trekking routes, and a wider choice of guesthouses, homestays and restaurants in the province’s small towns and villages, Vietnam’s far north is firmly planting itself on the travel map as a hotspot for cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

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Top 10 things to do in Vietnam

Visit Hoi An Ancient Town, Cruise at Halong Bay, Cruise the Mekong Delta, Dinner cruise in Saigon River, Explore Tra Que Vegetable Village, Explore Vietnam Military History Museum, Visit the Temple of Literature, Hike through Cat Ba Island, Phong Nha Cave Tour and many more.

The plethora of awe-inspiring things to do in Vietnam makes it a wanderlust's heaven for adventure, culinary delights, and beach fun. Cruising in Halong Bay is what lures tourists to Vietnam as the cruise rides are a blend of fun, food, nature, and luxury. Island hopping in Halong Bay is a visual treat to the eyes and other senses. On the other hand, cruising in the Mekong Delta lets tourists explore Vietnam’s lush green rice fields and fruit orchards along the banks of the river. 

Snorkeling and diving in Cham Island are other amazing activities to do in Vietnam to explore the marine world. Adventure freaks can go on safari rides at Cat Tien National Park or trek through the Ho Chi Minh trail. History buffs can go on a day tour to Hoi An ancient town and live a few hours from the 17th and 18th century. For the surreal journey of sailing peacefully over the calm waters of Ngong Dong river that is fringed by flourishing rice fields on either side, head to Tam Coc.

1. Vietnamese cooking classes

Fresh, flavoursome and so darn moreish, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of rolling your own before. Learn how to cook classic Vietnamese dishes, like spring rolls, and adding an essentially aromatic activity to any itinerary. Hoi An is a great location to take a cooking course with ingredients bought at the local market and chopped and cooked beside the river, or immerse yourself with a full cooking and food holiday.

2. Junk boat cruise in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is roughly four hours from Hanoi but a world away in terms of peace and tranquillity. One of the best ways to further cultivate the calm is to board a traditional wooden junk boat – a small multi cabin sailing ship – and relax as the crew steer between crescent shaped coves, green grottoes and limestone karst islands, such as Ti Top, before anchoring for a night under the stars.

3. Hanoi highlights urban adventure

Hanoi’s highlights come thick and fast, although crossing roads to get a closer look can be something of an art form. See the sights, including the Temple of Literature, tea houses, Hoa Lo prison museum and Hoan Kiem Lake, on an urban adventure tour with a local guide and you’ll be navigating the streets in no time whilst others are still watching wave after wave of scooters whizz by.

4. Travel by train

This classic Southeast Asia train journey takes passengers on-board Vietnam’s historic Reunification Express from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on an all-encompassing hop on/hop off itinerary. There's as much fun off the rails as on with nights afloat on Halong Bay, guided motorbike tours of Hue, a free day for cycling or cooking in Hoi An, and sunshine, sand and snorkelling in Nha Trang.

5. Dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River

Another, more sedate, means of discovering Hue’s highlights is onboard a colourfully carved dragon boat as it journeys along the Perfume River en route to Emperor Tu Duc's royal tomb and a Buddhist monastery where you’ll alight for lunch. The Perfume River is so called due to the spring blossom and autumnal leaves that fall into the water from the fruit orchards that align the river’s banks.

6. Hire a bike in Hoi An, and beyond

Turn your attention to two wheels in Hoi An rather than tailoring a new suit and you'll soon be pedalling past paddy fields all the way to Cua Dai Beach. Alternatively, if you're certain that cycling is your thing, why not join a small group on a cycling tour of Vietnam that will take you all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City pedalling an average distance of 50kms per day.

7. Explore the Mekong

Crossing the Mekong River by sampan – flat-bottomed boat – is as authentic a Vietnamese activity as you can get, although tuk tuk tours around remote rural villages run a very close second. Of course, being invited into a family’s home on the Mekong Delta is also really worthwhile, with chances to help with the cooking or just kick about with the kids guaranteed to linger longer than any five-star alternatives.

8. Vietnamese hill tribe holidays

Trekking to rural villages tucked away amongst the terraced rice paddies and jungle-clad slopes in northwest Vietnam is an experience that will last a lifetime. Dao and Hmong people have long lived in the Sa Pa region and staying with a family, helping to cook, play with the kids and practise Vietnamese, also helps to keep traditional customs and lifestyles alive through sustainable tourism.

9. Take it all in

Travelling from top to toe in Vietnam is definitely recommended. Not only will you get to compare the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh but you'll also be treated to the highlights of Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An, along the way. Two weeks gives you enough time to take it all in rather than whizzing from one location to the next, especially if you include a couple of domestic flights instead of lumpy, bumpy, and often lengthy, overland travel arrangements.

10. Cu Chi tunnels

From the French to the Americans, Vietnam is littered with the remnants of invaders past and visiting the Cu Chi tunnel complex, just outside Ho Chi Minh City, remains the region’s most intriguing and often most humbling draw. Learn about life in the tunnels as you crouch and crawl in spaces or stroll through dimly lit subterranean corridors that have been widened for Western waists.

Top 10 festivals in Vietnam

A wondrous amalgam of breathtaking natural beauty, amazing skyscrapers and kaleidoscopic cultures is the country of Vietnam. The rich history and various artistic manifestations of this nation are best reflected in its festivals, and if one of these seems to be underway during your trip, consider yourself lucky!

Here is a quick look at the 10 major Festivals of Vietnam, celebrated throughout the year.

1. Traditional Vietnamese New Year (Tết Nguyên Đán)

Lunar New Year, locally called Tet, is the biggest festival of the year with the whole country downing tools for family get-togethers. Principally a religious celebration, don’t expect too much of a wild party, but it’s still a fascinating time to visit Vietnam and you’ll certainly find locals lighting fireworks, visiting temples with their families, and the interesting sight of many flower stalls set up as giving flowers is customary during Tet.

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2. Lim Festival

Lim Festival is where you can enjoy UNESCO-listed Quan Ho folk singing performances and a wide range of traditional games during your visit. Held on the 12th and 13th day of the first lunar month, several stages are built within the village where you get to see locals performing in traditional costumes. We highly recommend heading over to the lake outside the Lim Communal House to catch Quan Ho singing performance on a dragon boat. Lim Festival also hosts folk games such as danh du (bamboo swings), cockfighting, tug-of-war, wrestling, human chess, and blind man’s bluff.

3. First Full Moon Festival (Tết Nguyên Tiêu)

This festival originates from China but over time, it became an important aspect in Vietnamese’s cultural and religious life. The story behind this was that long time ago, a hunter on earth killed a swan from heaven. To revenge that, the Heaven God planned out a rain of fire on the first full moon night to destroy mankind. However, there were some gods do not agree with this action and told human to burn big fires, light up lanterns and pray on that day, so that the Heaven God was thought that mankind was burned by the fire rain.

Traditionally on this day, locals go to pagodas to pray for good things for their family members and their beloved.

4. Perfume Pagoda Festival

Perfume Festival draws throngs of local pilgrims from all over Vietnam to Hanoi’s iconic Perfume Pagoda, where they to pray for a prosperous year and pay their respects to Buddha. The pilgrimage starts with a dragon dance at Den Trinh Pagoda on the 15th day of the 1st Lunar, where pilgrims (and even travellers) travel by boat along the Yen River to the base of Huong Mountain, passing by limestone caves and rice fields. The journey continues on foot by climbing hundreds of stone steps towards Huong Tich Cave, offering a colourful display of food offerings, statues of deities, lit incenses, and praying locals.

5. Hung King Temple Festival

Hung King Temple Festival is held in commemoration of Kinh Duong Vuong, who became Vietnam’s first king in 2879BC. While the main worship event takes place at the Hung Temple, which is perched atop Nghia Linh Mountain in Phu Tho Province, 100 lanterns are released into the sky on the eve of the festival. The next morning, a flower ceremony is held at Den Thuong (Upper Temple), where the Hung Kings used to worship deities during their reign. Lastly, a huge procession starts at the foot of the mountain, consisting of pilgrims, Xoan classical song performances, and ca tru classical operas at several temples along the way towards the main Hung Temple.

6. Hue Festival

Hue Festival is a biannual celebration that takes place in UNESCO-listed Hue City, where you can enjoy an array of cultural events, games, and performances held over a week. Founded in 2000, the festival was held to preserve traditional customs that were practiced during the Nguyen Dynasty. If you’re visiting Hue in April, May or June, expect unique showcases such as the Hue Poetry Festival, Dialogue of Drums and Percussions, and Ao Dai Fashion Shows, sporting activities like kite flying, boat racing, and human chess, as well as street performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

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7. Wandering Souls Day (Lễ Vu Lan)

The annual Wandering Souls Day takes place on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month, which locals believe is the day when spirits of their ancestors are able to visit their homes. On the eve of the festival, families flock to Buddhist temples and graves of their departed loved ones to offer prayers, flowers, sticky rice cakes, sugarcane, and fruits. Paper money and clothes are also burned during this time of the year.

8. Mid-Autumn Festival / Full Moon Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 14th and 15th day of the 8th lunar month, features a wide range of activities such as children carrying paper lanterns, lion dances, and food booths selling mooncakes, sticky rice, fruits, and various sweets. Also known as the harvest festival, households set up an altar during the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, on which they display offerings in honour of the full moon.

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9. Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An Lantern Festival is a monthly event that transforms the quaint UNESCO World Heritage Site into a spectacular display of paper lanterns. On the 14th day of each lunar month, every shop, restaurant, bar and businesses in the Ancient Town switches off all electricity and relies on hundreds of candles and lanterns. Meanwhile, entrance to all temples is free of charge, where you can see monks and locals holding candlelit ceremonies.

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10. Phu Giay Festival

Phu Giay Festival draws in worshippers of the goddess Lieu Hanh to Phu Giay Pagoda, where they pray for good fortune whilst carrying decorated bamboo relics and wearing traditional costumes. Located 88km east of Hanoi, the temple also hosts various games such as capture-the-flag, human chess, lion dancing, and wrestling, resulting in a vibrant atmosphere throughout the day. Visitors can also enjoy folk dance and classical songs such as Trong Quan, Cheo (satirical musical theatre) and Ca Tru (chamber music).

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Top 10 Vietnamese dishes

No trip to Vietnam is complete without sampling the world-famous Vietnamese cuisine. But what are the best foods in Vietnam? And where can they be found? Check below for the dishes cannot be missed, and get your mouth watering in anticipation for your trip.

1. Pho (fuh)

Pho is perhaps the most well-known Vietnamese dish. This delicious soup consists of rice noodles, meats and veggies, often served with a side of fermented fish or chilli sauce. Whilst its origins remain a mystery, today Hoi An's central market offers a phenomenal pho experience.

Top Tip: Find the stall with a photo of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain enjoying their signature dish.

2. Mi Quang (me wang)

Easily identifiable by its yellow-coloured noodles, this popular lunch dish is seasoned with fish sauce shallots, herbs and black pepper, as well as a variety of meats. Originating from Da Nang, this dish is one of Vietnam's best-eats, and the city's Mi Quang Ba Vi has long held a reputation as a go-to place for an authentic mi quang experience. Banh Mi is similar to the French baguette, with Vietnamese ingredients.

3. Banh Mi (beng mee)

A tasty and convenient snack when you're on-the-go, banh mi is a Vietnamese twist on the toasted French baguette and came into being when Vietnam was a French colony. This is one of the Vietnamese foods you have to try, and there are a wide variety of meat and other fillings you can add to the pickled vegetables, pate, soy sauce and chillies with which it's traditionally served. The aptly named Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An is a strong contender for the crown of the ultimate banh mi.

4. Goi Cuon (ghio kwoon)

One of the best healthy foods in Vietnam is goi cuon. Wrapped in rice papers, this Vietnamese summer roll is packed with noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil and lettuce, and is often served as a snack or starter. Originating in the south, this dish is known by different regional names - often simply called 'rice papers'. A popular snack for locals, you will find goi cuon on street stalls throughout Vietnam.

5. Banh Xeo (beng se-oh)

Another staple of Vietnamese cuisine is banh xeo. Similar to a pancake or crepe, banh xeo is made with coconut milk, rice flour and turmeric, with your choice of fillings! Popular options include vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or even shrimp. You will find this dish at most road-side stalls and restaurants, but where better to try it than the region of its origin - central Vietnam. Ba Duong restaurant in Da Nang is so dedicated to the dish that it's the only thing on the menu!

6. Xoi Xeo (soi se-oh)

Served with shallots, soy sauce and mung bean paste, xoi xeo is a sticky sweet and savoury rice dish. Eaten at all times of day, xoi xeo has many variations across Vietnam, and can be a great snack choice for vegans and vegetarians!

7. Com Tam (coom taam)

Translating as 'broken rice', com tam is an appetising product of the famous Vietnamese paddy fields. This much-loved breakfast and lunch dish is traditionally served with fried egg, diced green onions, various meats and other toppings. Whilst starting life in the south, com tam has spread throughout Vietnam and is a favoured street food amongst the locals of Da Nang.

8. Ca Kho To (cah khaw toh)

For seafood lovers, ca kho to is one of the best Vietnamese meals going. This catfish filet is caramelised in rich gravy and served with soy and fish sauces, shallots and seasoning inside a clay pot. Head to coastal towns such as Da Nang and Hoi An for fresh Vietnamese seafood.

9. Banh Cuon (beng kwoon)

A simple snack to enjoy as you sight-see, banh cuon sees ground meat or seafood, mushrooms, onions and ham rolled into a rice flour sheet. Like other top Vietnamese dishes, banh cuon is sold by street vendors across the country. Top Tip: The port city of Da Nang is a great place to try banh cuon with delicious fresh shrimp.

10. Bun Thit Nuong (bun tit noong)

Unlike most noodle dishes, bun thit nuong doesn't come in a soup, but a side of fermented fish adds exciting flavours. Served with lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, and peanuts, and topped with pork shoulder bun, thit nuong is a hearty option for those who can never have enough to eat. Whilst now a favourite food in southern Vietnam, the dish originated in the central region and the former capital city of Hue is a great place to grab a plate. The street vendors and restaurants on Bach Dang Street offer delicious bun thit nuong, and you can walk it off after with a stroll to the nearby temples and canals.

How many days do you need in Vietnam?

The first question of many of our travelers is How many days do I need in Vietnam?

You can find here and there that you should spend 10 days, 2 weeks, 20 days, or 1 month to best explore Vietnam. So what is the best Vietnam tour duration for you?

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Vietnam and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Vietnam is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries.

In general, you will see our tour packages are categorized into 4 main time frames as below.

1. About 1 weeks (5-9 days)

For the tour itinerary in about 1 week, you will find the tour packages that mostly cover some small parts of Vietnam such as Red River Delta Region, Northeast Vietnam, Northwest Vietnam, or South Vietnam. For some 9-day itinerary, you can cover more parts, but it will be just the scratch of what the places can offer.

Budget for about-1-week in Vietnam: $600 - $1,350 per person

Here are our recommended tour packages in about 1 week in Vietnam

2. About 2 weeks (10-17 days)

With the time frame of about 2 weeks (10-17 days), you can visit most of the highlighted destinations of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, and Mekong River Delta. Especially, if you can have 17 days, you can have some time enjoying some famous beaches in the southern coasts.

Budget for about-2-week in Vietnam: $1,200 - $2,550 per person

Here are our recommended tour packages in about 2 weeks in Vietnam

3. About 3 weeks (18-25 days)

With 3-week plan in Vietnam, you can really dig into some of the most remote corners of the country. Exploring some untouched area of the far north, spendings some days with the local people, cycling along the shady allies of Mekong River Delta, or spending some days lying lazily at a sandy beach of Phu Quoc or Con Dao Islands are some of the experiences that you can expect.

Budget for about-3-week in Vietnam: $2,160 - $3,750 per person

Here are our recommended tour packages in about 3 weeks in Vietnam

4. About 4 weeks (26-30 days)

Is watching sunset at the top of unknown mountain in Ha Giang, trekking underground at some of the biggest caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park or cruising along the interlaced canals of Mekong River Delta what you are looking for? Welcome to Vietnam, you can have all these experiences and beyond within a 4-week itinerary with us.

Budget for about-4-week in Vietnam: $3,120 - $4,950 per person

Here are our recommended tour packages in about 4 weeks in Vietnam

Exploring Vietnam in your own rhythm

Planning for your honeymoon vacation, travel with kids, or explore the most remote corners of Vietnam? We have it all for you

In general, you will see our tour packages are categorized into 9 main rhythm that, we believe, will fit to every travel rhythm you may have.

1. Must-see tour

Attractions in Vietnam are plentiful, ranging from stunning natural landscapes, untouched islets and quaint villages to war museums, colonial structures, and ancient citadels. Attracting millions of visitors all year long, its colonial heritage also means that many hotels feature a unique blend of French and Asian influences while its cuisine is highly regarded as one of the best in the world. With so many things to see and do in Vietnam, planning your travel itinerary as a first-time visitor can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a general list of some must-see tour packages for you to choose from.

Here are our recommended tour packages for must-see tours in Vietnam

2. Family holiday

With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam. Sail beautiful Halong Bay. Delight at water puppets in Hanoi. Learn about rich emperors in Hue. Get a new outfit tailor-made in Hoi An. Maybe even take a dip in the Vietnam East Sea. With so much to share and do together, you'll experience the culture, flavours, and highlights of a Vietnamese adventure your family will always remember.

Here are our recommended tour packages for family vacation in Vietnam

3. Luxury tour

World-class services, top-notch amenities, and stunning destinations make Vietnam the perfect setting for a luxury journey. While offering touches of opulence and exclusivity at every destination, Vietnam luxury tours by Sonasia Holiday are all unique and distinctive which they always compromise a perfect fusion of inspiring travel experiences as well as sumptuous splendor.

Here are our recommended packages for luxury holiday in Vietnam

4. Honeymoon vacation

Vietnam offers a private serving of romantic indulgence, exuding exotic charm coated in natural wonder. Explore over 2,000 miles of idyllic coastline, take shared journeys through endlessly lush jungle, delve into mesmeric culture, immerse in elegant mountain retreats, cruise privately through one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and you’re not even halfway through Vietnam’s hypnotism.

Here are our recommended packages for Honeymoon vacation in Vietnam

5. Off the beaten path

The verdant limestone stacks of Ha Long Bay and the bustling streets of Hanoi are well established (and essential) stops along Vietnam’s tourist trail. But the traveller who ventures beyond the hotspots will be rewarded with secluded bays, picturesque villages and delicious farm-to-fork food.

All the least visited and hidden charms of Vietnam will be revealed and combined within our Off the beaten path tour packages

Here are our recommended packages for off the beaten paths adventure in Vietnam

6. Trek & hike

This is your chance to really explore the amazing natural diversity of Vietnam. Meet the people living harmoniously in these stunning destinations and trek deeper into the wilderness to discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna. Whether it is kayaking down the glassy rivers, swimming through the crystal cave lakes, or climbing the iconic karst peaks, we want to show you the true power of Vietnam’s natural beauty.

Here are our recommended packages for Trek & Hike tours in Vietnam

7. Cycling & biking

Vietnam is the ideal destination for a cycling tour holiday, with everything from gorgeous coastlines to majestic mountains, coffee plantations, busy cities. Cycle Ha Long Bay and the green Mekong Delta. Spend time with warm and friendly locals. Taste the local food. Discover the beauty of Vietnam on a bicycle tour.

Here are our recommended packages for Cycling & Biking tours in Vietnam

8. Wellness & leisure

Vietnam has everything you are expecting for your next wellness and leisure holiday with the coastlines 3,260km of coastline plus a handful of renowned island destinations, Vietnam naturally has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Together with rich and diverse natural mineral water resources and an extremely rich and diverse system of medicinal plants with about 3,850 species of plants used as medicine valuable for medical treatment, nursing and health care, Vietnam is a perfect destination to host your next wellness & leisure trip.

Here are our recommended packages for Wellness & leisure holiday in Vietnam

9. Cruising tour

Vietnam is a marvelous cruise destination for those looking for a unique journey in Asia. From the natural wonderland of limestone islands on Halong Bay to the vibrant and colorful floating markets in the mighty Mekong River, beside exploring the beauty of theses waterscapes, you can also take a look at other famous attractions of the country. Sonasia Holiday provides a wide range of Vietnam tours and cruise packages with the best value deals for your holidays. Plan a travel to Vietnam and walk a new path with a cruise vacation.

Here are our recommended packages for cruise tours in Vietnam

10. Travel on your own rhythm

Already have some idea of how your journey in Vietnam looks like? Do not hesitate to share with us, we will make your dream come true.

Combining Vietnam with its neighbors

If you have time, it is a good idea to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries so that you can widen your experience with different cultures and landscapes.

Find below our recommendations to combine your Vietnam trip with Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, or Myanmar.


How to get to Laos from Vietnam or vice versa?

Vietnam and Laos are well-connected with flights or border crossing. 

  • Flight: You can take the flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Pakse in Laos. Once again, please check schedule with,, or contact us for more details.
  • Border crossing: the 2 countries have a long-shared border with plenty of international border checkpoints such as Tay Trang – Sobhoun, Nameo – Bantuei, Nam Can – Namkan, Nam Phao – Keoneua, Napao – Chalo, Dansavan – Lao Bao, or Bo Y – Phoukeua
  • Note: the entry requirements for border crossing may change time after time, please check with us for the latest update.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Laos?

For Laos, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 17-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Laos?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Laos is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Laos will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.


How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam or vice versa?

Same as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are well-connected via flights or border crossing.

  • Flight: You can take the flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia. Once again, please check schedule with,, or contact us for more details.
  • Border crossing: Vietnam and Cambodia share a long border with plenty of international checkpoints. However, the entry requirements may change time after time, please contact us for the latest requirements.
  • Note: the entry requirements for border crossing may change time after time, please check with us for the latest update.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Cambodia?

For Cambodia, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 17-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Cambodia?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Cambodia is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Cambodia will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.


How to get to Thailand from Vietnam or vice versa?

Though there is no border between the two countries, it is still very easy to combine Vietnam and Thailand in one trip via international flights.

You can take the flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Da Nang, or Phu Quoc to Bangkok in Thailand.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Thailand?

For Thailand, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 20-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Thailand?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Thailand is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Thailand will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam or Thailand?

What a big question! And not easy to answer. This depends on your preference, what you expect during your trip, and many other factors. Follow this article mentioning many factors so that you can consider choosing the destination that suits you most in your next trip.


How to get to Myanmar from Vietnam or vice versa?

Same as Thailand, there is no border between the two countries. However, there is some direct flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city with Yangon in Myanmar. You can either get to Myanmar from Vietnam or vice versa with a connecting flight via Bangkok

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Myanmar?

For Myanmar, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 20-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Myanmar?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Myanmar is about $130-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Myanmar will cost about $2,600-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Other FAQs

1. Do I need vaccines for Vietnam?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Vietnam. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Vietnam: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza

Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Vietnam.

2. How safe is Vietnam?

All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. 

  • The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults. 
  • Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
  • Be extra careful if you’re travelling on two wheels on Vietnam’s anarchic roads; traffic accident rates are woeful and driving standards are pretty appalling.

Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Vietnam

3. Do I need a travel insurance for Vietnam?
Insurance is not compulsory but a must for Vietnam, as the cost of major medical treatment is prohibitive. A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is the best bet.

Some insurance policies specifically exclude such ‘dangerous activities’ as riding motorbikes, diving and even trekking. Check that your policy covers an emergency evacuation in the event of serious injury.
If you're driving a vehicle, you need a Vietnamese insurance policy.

Check the detailed article for Vietnam travel insurance here

4. What should I take to Vietnam?

Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Thailand:

  • Money Belt – These are a great way to avoid pickpocketing while in Vietnam.
  • Mosquito Repellent – Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases are common in many parts of Vietnam. Make sure you’re protected from these bugs while traveling.
  • Walking Shoes – Visitors can walk the streets to explore the street vendors or beautiful wildlife, making good shoes a must.

Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Vietnam

5. Are you supposed to tip in Vietnam?

Generally, tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but is very much appreciated. Many Vietnam workers do not earn much money and always appreciate the extra money to be made in tips.

Check out the Vietnam tipping guide & other local etiquettes here

6. Getting around in Vietnam

Vietnam is well served by a good network of internal flights. Given the long and thin nature of the country, if travelling north to south or vice versa, then internal Vietnam flights are a convenient and affordable option.

There is also a sleeper train that links Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh in the south. You should try and book tickets for this early as it can sell out, especially during the Tet holiday.

Buses are the main ground transport option, with sleeper coaches covering much of the country. Tickets are cheap due to competition from various companies, but the beds on board are seldom as comfortable as you might wish them to be.

Check How to get around in Vietnam here

7. Do I need to buy a Vietnam SIM Card? And where can I buy it?

It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Vietnam as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.

You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Vietnam, especially inside the big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang.

Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Vietnam here

8. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Vietnam?

Yes, unfortunately, you will have to bargain most of the time to get the price right. Unless you plan to go to shopping mall or supermarket where price is printed on the product. It is not an intimidating task like it seems, and once you will get used to it, you will miss the bargaining scene found in Vietnam and in most of Asia. 

Tips: Look around and check with your guide to have the idea of what you are going to buy. 

Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Vietnam

Australian Embassy in Vietnam

When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the Australian embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.

Australian Embassy Hanoi 

  • Address: 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Telephone: +84 24 3774 0100
  • Visit the Embassy in Vietnam website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.


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Taking a cruise on the fascinating Mekong River offers a unique and memorable travel experience. The Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in Asia, flows through several countries, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Each destination along the river offers its own distinct cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In this article, we will go over what you can expect when cruising the Mekong River. 


Before being awarded a one-star rating by Michelin Guide for the first time, four Vietnamese restaurants - one in HCMC and three in Hanoi - were honored by international media and received applause from foreign diners.


"Should I visit Thailand or Vietnam?" is some of the most frequently asked questions that we have from our travelers

Well, Vietnam and Thailand are the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. They are similar in climate and food, though obviously different in culture, lifestyle and travel experience.

Below we list 13 major differences between the two countries, to give you a quick overview and help you decide which to visit first. These are based on our own travel experiences, investigations, and partnerships with local operators.


How long to spend in Vietnam may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out.

You can find here and there that you should spend 10 days, 2 weeks, 20 days, or 1 month to best explore Vietnam. So what is the best Vietnam tour duration for you?

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Vietnam and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Vietnam is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Vietnam with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Vietnam.


Vietnam would scrap the Covid-19 testing requirement for all arrivals starting Sunday, May 15th 2022, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed.

In a document issued Friday, the Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Health to closely follow the coronavirus situation and provide proper guidance. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should direct Vietnamese authorities outside the country to inform people who wish to enter Vietnam to follow appropriate disease prevention measures, he said.

The latest decision has been made as the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths drops both in Vietnam and around the world. Several countries have been taking steps to relax coronavirus restrictions, including scrapping testing before entry.

Current policies issued by the health ministry require entrants to have negative results from PCR tests done within the previous 72 hours, or a negative result from a rapid test done within the last 24 hours.

Those who don’t have a negative test result must refrain from making contact with others during the first 24 hours after entry. They will be able to move freely once they test negative after arrival.

Children under two don’t need to be tested.

Vietnam stopped requiring medical declarations from those arriving from abroad starting April 27, and for domestic travel starting April 30.


The “Colorful Hanoi” hot air balloon festival is one of the attractive activities within the framework of the program “Hanoi tourism welcomes 2022” taking place from March 25-27, 2022.

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