Essentials to maximize your 2-week in Vietnam

Preparation makes half of the trip.

We all know too well about the excitement that derived from anticipating in a trip, whether it is talking with friends about the trip or making an iTunes playlist or learning the local language. However, this also comes along with the worry of bringing too much or not enough. Bad preparation can ruin the whole journey, and we are here to help. Here comes a comprehensive list of what you should pack to maximize your 2-week stay in Vietnam.

What to pack for a 2-week trip in Vietnam can vary depending on where and when you choose to visit. Follow this guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure.

“MUST-BRING” 

#1. Important papers


Photocopies of IDs and passports are a must

That includes ID cards, passports, visa, travel insurance and photocopies. Not only do you need them in prior to enter the country but most accommodation sites will require at least one among those to check you in. Also, check if the country you’re from requires a visa when traveling to Vietnam. For example, visitors from Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and South Korea can visit for 15 days without a visa.

#2. Vietnam SIM cards


Local SIM cards are advised to save money and time

Local SIM cards are advised to save money and time

Calling your hotel manager,  your tour operator, or simply to any service in Vietnam. It’s highly likely you will have to make a few phone calls within 2 weeks.It is always recommended for tourists to obtain a Vietnamese SIM card to save time and money. You should purchase it right at the airport, choose between three most popular carriers: Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone. Refill cards are sold at lots of street coffee shops, bookstores and tourist information centers across the country. Usually there would be a sign to look for, or you could just ask the keepers.

Pro tips: If your phone doesn’t allow a second SIM cards, consider bringing an old and cheap phone for the purposing of calling and texting within Vietnam.

#3. Power adapter 


A typical socket in Vietnam

In Vietnam, sockets are usually of the 2-pin type so you might need an adapter for your 3-pin plugs. The standard voltage is 110 / 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Consider carefully if a voltage converter is needed.

#4. Sun protection


Vietnam is sure to have plenty of sunshine, enjoy it wisely

So sunscreen above 30 SPF, wide hats, sunglasses. All are essential especially if you’re traveling during the summer months when the UV index can be pretty high. 2-week is enough to make you hate the sun instead of craving it like in the first place. It would be an irony to have your body burnt while seeing Viet women guarding themselves with ridiculously ninja-like coats. 

#5. Medicines


Exotic foods come at a price, be prepared


During your 2-week time in Vietnam, chances are you may encounter an upsetting stomach after a exotic meal or a terrible headache from a shot of snake wine. You can always buy diarrhea remedies and painkillers from any drugstore since they are readily available, and the pharmacist would likely to understand your condition through body language. But it’s still better to prepare ahead because you can be sure what suits you best.

#6. Local currency


Exchange money, down to the smallest value of 1000 VND


This is crucial when you make your payment in a local store that doesn’t support a credit card. Having the Vietnam Dong of various value in hand will prevent you from being overcharged by sellers who “cant return the change”. Another thing to remember when your 2-week trip is about to end is to exchange back the Dong, it’s only worth within Vietnam. 

(To be continued)

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