If you are planning to visit Vietnam, let’s get a quick look at the advice to ensure that you will have a sound trip. This beautiful country is surely full of interesting things for you to explore.
1. Make sure that your passport and/or visas are up to date. You will not be allowed to leave the airport in Vietnam if the information on your passport in inaccurate. Don’t put this off to the last minute. In fact, travelers are advised to check their passport information at least six weeks before leaving.
2. Before leaving your home you need to decide how you are going to get from one place to another while you are in Vietnam. You won’t be able to rent a car so you will have to decide if you want to walk, take a cab, or travel by train or bus. The general opinion is that the best way to really experience Vietnam is on a bicycle.
3. Refrain from drinking tap water. In addition to bottled water you will find lots of imported beers, juices made from local fruits, and fruity wines to enjoy. If you can not avoid drinking tap water, make sure you boil it first.
4.When you are meeting someone you should greet them with a soft handshake.
5. Visit the pagodas. When you are visiting one of Vietnam’s Buddhist pagodas, take your shoes off before you enter the temple. Visit Cao Dai, a Buddhist temple with the most breathtaking architecture in Vietnam.
6.Don’t offer handouts to beggers. Free handouts tend to attract the attention of other beggers.
7. Keep your id, passport, and money someplace where it won’t be pick pocketed. It is recommended that travelers have several copies of their identification with them at all times.
8. Enjoy the nightlife. Most of the nightclubs and bars in Vietnam are located in the hotels. While you are at these night spots you will be treated to a taste of Vietnamese culture as you mingle with people from around the world.
9. Be prepared. When traveling in Vietnam from mid-May to mid-January, bring rain gear. Also keep in mind that Vietnam is warm and humid.
10. Set aside one day to take a guided boat tour. There are so many little islands, inlets, and coves that you could spend a month on the water and never see all of it. French and English speaking guides are provided to pilot the boat.
11. Explore Sung Sot cave. Located in Ha Long Bay, Sung Sot Cave is full of chambers. Inside the chambers visitors will find large pools of water and rock formations. One rock formation, along the side of the entrance, bears an uncanny resemblance to a horse and sword. The story behind this unusual rock formation is that it was created by Saint Giong to keep the demons from entering the cave.
12. Hang out on the beach. Considering that Vietnam is a peninsula it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are plenty of beaches for visitors to enjoy. Visitors should avoid the beaches that span the DMZ and Dong Ha because unexploded mines are still sometimes found in the area. If you are the kind of person who likes being surrounded by people then you should spend sometime on the Nha Trang beach, the epicenter of Vietnamese travel. In addition to good company and lots of sunshine, you will be able to swim, snorkel, and enjoy a wide variety of seafood. Travelers that are looking for a quieter, more secluded area, should visit Doc Let, which is located 40 kilometers north of Nha Trang.
( source: www.ehow.com)