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Traveling in Vietnam
Before booking, travelers are requested to refer to the US embassy website for any travel advisory information available.
Flights. Each traveler is responsible for their own air transport to Ho Chi Minh City by the “arrival day” of Nov 1. Note: you need to account for one day in transit and one day lost to dateline crossing, so most Oct 30 departures will arrive on Nov 1.
Passport. A valid passport is required that expires no sooner than 6 months from the last day you intend to be overseas.
Visa. A visa is required to enter Vietnam for most foreigners, including Americans and will be arranged for you (included in the trip cost). Travelers will need to have 2 passport photos on arrival (2”x2”).
Insurance. Proof of individual travel insurance is required for all participants for the entirety of the trip.
- Vietnam allows no more than $5k USD to be brought in without declaration.
- Please keep all prescription medications in their original/labeled bottle.
- Don’t pack any valuables in your checked baggage, carry them with you on your flight.
- Your local health department can advise you on any shots you’re behind on or may want for travel to Vietnam.
- Be prepared for medium-exertion activities in high heat and humidity.
- Bring your favorite mosquito repellant from home, use it if you see mosquitos.
- Bring your favorite sunscreen from home as those abroad are of lower quality sometimes.
- Safety is the #1 priority at all times. Use caution when walking on streets around traffic.
- Building codes in Vietnam (or lack thereof) result in steep stairs and low ceilings – mind your step, mind your head.
- Vietnam’s EMS system works country-wide and there are hospitals in each trip location.
- For very serious situations requiring advanced tests or surgery however, evacuation to nearby Bangkok or Singapore is common.
Police & Government
- Although they look intimidating sometimes, the green-uniformed government police are not out to harass tourists or cause you grief.
- Tourism is vital to Vietnam and you’ll find that the predominant national sentiment is to treat foreign visitors kindly.
- While violent crime is very rare in Vietnam (much less likely than in USA), pickpocketing and motorbike drive-by bag/phone/camera/jewelry snatching is a concern.
- Before the trip, we’ll cover ways to reduce your risk.
- The hotels we’ll be staying all have English speaking receptionists.
- The hotels have modern amenities and good security.
- Free WIFI is available everywhere. Vietnam’s cellular system is quite good and being able to send/receive messages during the trip will be helpful.
- Unless you have an international plan for your current phone, consider bringing an unlocked phone from home to use with a local SIM card, or plan to purchase an inexpensive phone upon arrival.
- If in doubt about a clothing item, leave it behind and purchase abroad – excellent clothing options abound.
- Packing light for adventure travel is preferred.
- Backpack luggage is more convenient than hard luggage or those on rollers.