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Here you'll find some of the most frequently asked questions about adventure travel to Vietnam  with Wildland Adventures. If your question isn't answered here or you'd like more detailed information on our Vietnam tours, you can contact our South East Asia Program Director via email or at 1-800-345-4453. 

When is the best season for travel to Vietnam?
Is it safe to travel in Vietnam?
What are the accommodations like on a Wildland Adventures' Vietnam tour?
What is the weather in Vietnam like and what should I pack for my Vietnam tour? 
How far in advance should I book my trip to Vietnam?
Will I need a visa to travel to Vietnam? 
Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for a Vietnam tour? 
Is Vietnam a good destination for traveling with children?
What is the local currency in Vietnam? Are U.S. dollars accepted? Do I need local currency before I arrive?
Should I bring cash or traveler's checks? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?
What is the electrical current in Vietnam? Will I need plug adaptors?
Can I drink the water when traveling in Vietnam?
Is internet service available on your Vietnam adventure tours?
Will my cell phone work while traveling in Vietnam?
Do your Vietnam tours include international airfare? Do you have recommendations for the best routing and airlines for travel to Vietnam? 
Is it better to plan a private custom trip or go on a small group tour to Vietnam?
Who are your drivers, local guides, and tour escorts in Vietnam?
Is it customary to tip while traveling in Vietnam?
Is it ok to take photos everywhere in Vietnam?
What sort of food will I eat in Vietnam?
How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
What are the languages commonly spoken in Vietnam?
Is travel insurance recommended for travel to Vietnam?

When is the best season for travel to Vietnam?

Due to Vietnam's vast area, there is not really a good time or bad time to visit Vietnam. April through September is considered monsoon season in the south, while October through March is monsoon season in the north.  Back to Top

Is it safe to travel in Vietnam?

Vietnam is generally a safe place for tourists. Pickpocket activities are reported to be decreasing significantly. Travelers should take normal precautions in crowded places. It is recommended that you leave valuables in the hotel safe or locked in your luggage while sightseeing and carry your currency and passport in a pouch around your neck or in a money belt around your waist. Vehicles have right of way so be careful whenever crossing the street. Back to Top

What are the accommodations like on a Wildland Adventures' Vietnam tour?

In general, we select properties reflecting the charm and character of a place, its culture, and history that are situated in convenient locations for walking, some with incredible views. Accommodation choices are important anywhere in the world, and in Vietnam, we try to choose boutique hotels that offer luxury without sacrificing culture. There are also a few accommodations in some urban areas including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City where we sometimes use a well established international hotel as the best choice for overall service, value, and comfort, but there are always 5-star luxury properties on request.  Back to Top

What is the weather in Vietnam like and what should I pack for my Vietnam tour?

In general, especially during warmer months light cotton or synthetic quick-dry tops, shorts and trousers are ideal. When visiting religious monuments and shrines you want to cover bare skin. For women, it is a good idea to carry a scarf or shawl that you can use to cover your head and shoulders if required. Back to Top

How far in advance should I book my trip to Vietnam?

You can book your Vietnam tour at any time, but generally the earlier you confirm the better (at least 6-12 months in advance). We prefer boutique style hotels which are small, charming properties characteristic of the region; as such they are small and tend to fill up quickly—another reason to book your trip to Vietnam as early as possible. Back to Top

Will I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

Yes, for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. The easiest way to obtain a visa is through Visa on Arrival. The entry Vietnam visa will be stamped on your passport and at the Visa on Arrival desk at the international airport in Vietnam. With this type of visa, you can only enter the country by air.  

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Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for a Vietnam tour?

There are no immunizations or health certificates required for travel to Vietnam. Consult your doctor or local travel clinic 4-8 weeks before departure to decide which medications and inoculations are recommended for your safe participation on the trip. When you are in the wild you can protect yourself against mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve (especially at dawn and dusk) and using insect repellent when needed. 

When you put down a deposit for any Wildland Adventure, our destination expert Program Directors will provide detailed information about health precautions and possible immunizations for travel to your destination. Wildland Adventures' staff are not licensed medical professionals, however, we do know the exact areas, environments and conditions under which you will be traveling, all of which can affect the relative risk of exposure and help you make a decision concerning immunizations and prescription medicines. All travelers should consult their physician or a travel health clinic and refer to the Center for Disease Control website for complete information on health considerations in your destination. Back to Top

Is Vietnam a good destination for traveling with children?

With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, Vietnam is an excellent destination for family travel. While some youngsters might balk at the unfamiliar Vietnamese food, continental dishes, and Western fast food is widely available. Back to Top

What is the local currency in Vietnam? Are U.S. dollars accepted? Do I need local currency before I arrive?

The Vietnamese currency is the Dong (VND). Vietnam is currently changing its money system, so there now exists two different money systems which can cause confusion. The value of 1 U.S. dollar is approximately 21,000 VND. You can exchange money at the airport before leaving, or at banks and official exchange centers in Vietnam. It is recommended that you do not exchange money on the black market.  Back to Top

Should I bring cash or traveler's checks? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?

Currency can be obtained using debit or credit cards from many ATM machines throughout Vietnam. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and most shops and restaurants in the main cities and tourist areas. Traveler’s checks are an easy method of carrying money around and can be cashed at major banks, but only in cities, not in small towns. Back to Top

What is the electrical current in Vietnam? Will I need plug adaptors?

Electrical outlets in Vietnam are charged to 220v at 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with appliances from the U.K., but not those from the U.S. and many other nations. While most computer cables have adaptors for voltage, visitors from the U.S. and those not on the 220/50 v will have to bring adaptors to run most other appliances. Outlets in Vietnam generally feature flat, two-pronged plugs, though some feature holes for Eruopean-style round plug.  Back to Top

Can I drink the water when traveling in Vietnam?

Drink only purified water. Although bottled water is widely available, in order to reduce use of plastics and related pollution, we recommend bringing a personal water bottle and purifying water from the tap with a personal travel water purifier. Restaurants are legally required to use ice made and sold by bottled water companies, so ordering ice is usually safe in major places, but avoid ice cubes in the streets stalls.  Back to Top

Is internet service available on your Vietnam adventure tours?

Internet access is available in all but the most remote towns. Many of the hotels have internet access, possibly for an extra fee. There are also plenty of Internet cafes throughout the country, many of which have fairly cheap rates. Connection speeds are high, especially in big cities. Back to Top

Will my cell phone work while traveling in Vietnam?

Using a mobile phone in Vietnam is quite easy, and it is worth familiarizing yourself with the system if you plan to travel. You can go to any mobile store on the street and by a pre-paid activated SIM card for 50-65 VND. Roaming is available in Vietnam but the charge per minute is extremely expensive. For that reason, we advise not to use the roaming function on your phone but try to use Wi-Fi networks as much as possible. Wi-Fi is generally available in almost all hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops in the bigger cities. Back to Top

Do your Vietnam tours include international airfare? Do you have recommendations for the best routing and airlines for travel to Vietnam?

International airfare is not included in our prices for our Vietnam tours. There are many options for flights to Vietnam, but non-stop routes and flying Business Class is generally better for such a long haul route whenever possible; direct flights from the USA can be up to 15 hours in duration. Of course, the best route and fare depends on your city of origin and availability on your preferred dates. The non-stop flight from New York-Newark on Continental/United is recommended. Many other carriers offer connecting flights through Europe or Asia so if you have a favorite carrier, one that you want to use frequent flyer miles, or you want to break up the flight by making a stopover there are many possibilities. If you are not using frequent flyer miles, you can begin investigating flight schedules and fares by requesting a quote from our air specialists. Back to Top

Is it better to plan a private custom trip or go on a small group tour to Vietnam?

The best way to see and experience Vietnam depends on one's knowledge, experience, and personal preferences. It is best to sign up for one of our scheduled small group departures in which you share the cost of an expert Vietnam escort to accompany the group throughout your trip to show you the hidden highlights, to provide the in-depth historical insights and interpretations, and most important to help facilitate entrees to interact with local people you meet along the way. Back to Top

Who are your drivers, local guides, and tour escorts in Vietnam?

Traveling in Vietnam can be chaotic, logistically challenging, always changing, and a full on sensory experience of body and mind, heart and soul. That is why we work an exceptional organization of guides, drivers, hoteliers and on-the-ground operations professionals who are there to both enhance your experience of Vietnam, and to keep you safe, healthy, comfortable and informed throughout your Wildland Adventure. Back to Top

Is it customary to tip while traveling in Vietnam?

In Vietnam, tipping for good service in tourism is nowadays expected and very much appreciated. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. It is also advisable to tip hotel and station porters, especially if the service exceeds expectations. Back to Top

Is it ok to take photos everywhere in Vietnam?

With its fascinating scenes of daily life and multitudes of colors, Vietnam is a paradise for photography. Etiquette requires that you ask permission before photographing local people, unless you are shooting a crowded public scene. Always ask before taking photos at a religious site or ceremony.  Back to Top

What sort of food will I eat in Vietnam?

Vietnam’s ingredients reflect its geography and climate, as well as its history of French colonization. Rice is the main starch used in everyday meals, and is also used to make different kinds of cakes and noodles. Most Vietnamese dishes are a combination of a variety of vegetables, herbs, and meats. Common herbs may include lemon grass, lime, or kefir. Popular meats are pork, beef, chicken, prawn, and fish. Lamb, duck, birds, and even dog or other wild animals are also used but not very often. Fish sauce and soy sauce are used as both flavorings and dipping sauces for nearly every dish. Peanuts are also used widely in Vietnamese cuisine. Back to Top

How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

Arrival and departure airport transfers are included on scheduled dates for Wildland group departures. If you are arriving or departing on alternate dates for a group trip we arrange private transfers at extra cost. You will be met upon arrival after you exit customs. Transfers are included on private custom trips as noted in your itinerary. Back to Top

What are the languages commonly spoken in Vietnam?

Vietnamese (ti?ng Vi?t) is the national, official language of Vietnam. It is the native language of Vietnamese people, and of about three million Vietnamese residing elsewhere. It also is spoken as a first or second language by many ethnic minorities of Vietnam. On a Wildland Adventure, all of your lead guides will be bilingual and fluent English speakers. Back to Top

Is travel insurance recommended for travel to Vietnam?

We highly recommend you protect your trip to Vietnam by purchasing travel insurance, especially for unexpected trip cancellation and trip interruption (for specific covered reasons), as well as medical coverage for accident or illness and related evacuation expenses that may be incurred during your trip. We recommend the policy offered by Travelex as an outstanding travel insurance product. The policy application is included in your pre-departure dossier. It is necessary that you purchase the insurance within 21 days of your initial reservation deposit in order to receive additional coverage especially for pre-existing health conditions for you or an immediate family member. Back to Top