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20 Frequently Asked Questions about Vietnam

Thien Nguyen
Planning a trip to Vietnam and have questions? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we'll answer 20 frequently asked questions about Vietnam, covering everything from visa requirements to local customs and more. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure as we provide you with all the essential information you need to make the most of your time in this beautiful Southeast Asian country.

1. Is Vietnam still at war?

No, Vietnam is not at war. The Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the country has since undergone significant development and growth, both economically and socially.

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The Vietnam War ended a long time ago.jpg

2. Are Vietnamese people still poor?

Vietnam has made remarkable progress in poverty reduction over the past few decades. While there are still disparities in wealth distribution, the country has experienced significant economic growth. Watch this video about how modern Vietnam is to see why.

3. Is everyone in Vietnam still ride motorbike?

Some common misunderstandings include thinking that everyone in Vietnam rides bicycles or motorbikes. Yes, we know that the majority of Vietnamese still drives motorbikes. However, as Vietnam economy has developed significantly, now many Vietnamese drive cars.

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Most of Vietnamese drives motorbikes, but not everyone.jpeg

4. Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam?

Yes, most visitors to Vietnam require a visa. However, some nationalities are eligible for visa exemptions for a certain period. An exciting news for travelers is that starting from August 15, 2023, the tourist e-visas will be extended from 30 to a generous 90 days.

5. What is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam's climate varies from region to region. Generally, the best time to visit Vietnam is during spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is milder and more comfortable for outdoor activities.

6. What is the currency in Vietnam, and can I use credit cards?

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). While credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, upscale restaurants, and larger establishments, it's advisable to carry cash for smaller vendors and local markets.

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Vietnam dong (Vietnamese money).jpg

7. Is it safe to travel in Vietnam?

Vietnam is generally a safe country to travel in. However, like any other destination, it's important to take basic precautions, such as keeping an eye on your belongings, avoiding remote and isolated areas at night, and following local customs and regulations.

8. Can I drink tap water in Vietnam?

It's not recommended to drink tap water in Vietnam. Stick to bottled water, which is widely available and affordable.

9. Do I need to tip in Vietnam?

Tipping is not a traditional practice in Vietnam, but it's becoming more common in tourist areas. If you receive exceptional service, a small tip is appreciated, but it's not obligatory.

10. Is bargaining common in Vietnam?

Bargaining is a common practice in Vietnam, particularly in local markets. Don't be afraid to negotiate the price, but remember to do so with respect and a smile.

11. What is the local cuisine like in Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is renowned worldwide for its vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients. From the iconic pho, bun cha to banh mi, banh xeo and delicious street food, Vietnam offers a gastronomic adventure that will delight your taste buds. Vietnam also recently had four restaurants with a Michelin star

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Enjoy bun cha in Hanoi with Phu, our Local Buddy.jpg

12. Are there any vegetarian or vegan options in Vietnam?

Vegetarian and vegan options are available in many restaurants, especially in larger cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Buddhist temples often serve vegetarian meals, and there are also specialized vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

13. Are there any cultural customs I should be aware of when visiting Vietnam?

When visiting Vietnam, it's respectful to dress modestly, particularly when visiting temples or pagodas. Removing your shoes before entering someone's home or certain establishments is also customary.

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Dress modestly when coming to pagodas and temples.jpg

Vietnam offers a wide range of unique souvenirs such as lacquerware, traditional clothing (ao dai), handicrafts, silk products, and coffee. Don't forget to try and buy some local coffee beans.

15. What are the must-visit destinations in Vietnam?

Vietnam is blessed with numerous captivating destinations. Some of the must-visit places include Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc, and the Mekong Delta. Each offers unique cultural, historical, and natural attractions. There are also recently hot destinations like Ninh Binh and Ha Giang Loop.

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Ninh Binh.jpg

16. What should I pack for my trip to Vietnam?

Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate, along with comfortable footwear for exploring. Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a travel adapter.

17. How can I get around Vietnam?

Vietnam has an extensive transportation network. Travelers can choose from options such as domestic flights, trains, buses, and taxis to explore different regions of the country.

18. What are some common Vietnamese phrases?

Hello: Xin chao

Thank you: Cam on

Please: Lam on

How much does it cost?: Bao nhieu tien?

Delicious: Ngon

Sorry: Xin loi

Help me please: Giup toi voi

19. Can I visit ethnic minority villages in Vietnam?

Yes, Vietnam is home to numerous ethnic minority groups. It's possible to visit some of their villages, particularly in the northern mountainous regions, where you can experience their unique cultures and traditions.

20. How can I connect with a local guide in Vietnam?

Tubudd is an excellent platform that connects travelers with knowledgeable local guides (Local Buddy) in Vietnam. Through Tubudd, you can find experienced guides who can provide unique insights, local recommendations, and personalized trips to enhance your travel experience.

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Traveler with a Local Buddy in Hanoi.jpg

With these 20 frequently asked questions about Vietnam, you now have valuable insights to plan your journey to this fascinating country. From clarifying misconceptions to providing practical tips, we hope this guide helps you navigate Vietnam with confidence and discover the beauty and richness it has to offer. Embrace the warmth of the people, savor the flavors of the cuisine, and create lifelong memories in Vietnam.


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