On the precipice of embarking on a trip to Vietnam, it’s vital to comprehend the peculiarities of this intriguing country before you set off.
Are you eager to explore the exotic realm of Vietnam? If so, then let us help! We’ve compiled a list of essential information that will enable you to make an informed decision about your travel plans.
You Can Go During the Winter Season
Despite its tropical locale, Hanoi is not one of the most temperate cities in Vietnam. This could be a mammoth boon if you’re traveling to the country during wintertime when temperatures dip into the 40s and even 40s degrees Fahrenheit aren’t uncommon!
I visited during the depths of winter when temperatures were still hovering around this chilly range. Weather updates are available on many travel sites, so just be sure to always double check before your departure date!
You’ll Need to Be Staying in Hanoi
Hanoi is situated in the center of Vietnam, and thus is the country’s most prominent city. However, it is not necessarily your final destination; instead it serves as a detour along with Hoi An as well as several other noteworthy locales.
With regards to accommodations, it’s imperative that you make arrangements beforehand. There are hundreds of guesthouses within the bustling Old Quarter area, but only a select few boast high ratings on TripAdvisor. If you’re staying at one of these lodgings, then rest assured that your trip will be without incident!
It’s a Long Way from Bangkok
Hanoi is a formidable, yet rewarding, excursion from the bustling megalopolis of Bangkok. Travelers from across Asia flock to this captivating city in an effort to savor its quintessentially Vietnamese cuisine, experience the country’s renowned handicrafts, and take part in enriching cultural events alongside local citizens – all within one charming tourist destination!
It is no secret that Hanoi is not Thailand; rather, it is located over 1,500 miles away. However, with a comfortable flight that can last between 6-8 hours – or even less if you choose an overnight layover – traveling between these two countries poses no obstacle whatsoever!
There Are Many Other Tourist Attractions in Vietnam
Hanoi may not be your ideal destination, but there are many other fascinating places to see in this bustling metropolis. For example, it boasts the Temple of Literature, a historic home perched atop a hilltop overlooking the city; several art museums with masterpieces that date back to before French rule over Indochina; and the National Museum with its exquisite collection of artifacts spanning nearly 5,000 years’ worth!
Stroll along Trieu Chau Street, where you’ll find one of the finest collections of colonial art in Hanoi. It houses an array of beautiful artwork from famous artists like Van Gogh and Gauguin as well as pieces by contemporary Vietnamese artists such as Tu-Quyen Nguyen.
Travelers eager for an adrenaline rush can take part in activities like quad biking or white-water rafting on the Jam Bia River. If you’re more interested in relaxing activities at some point during your trip, why not visit Ba Be Lake? This idyllic serene spot is situated amidst verdant rice paddies and dotted with ancient pagodas; it provides visitors with ample opportunities for restful reflection!
You Should Research Your Tours in Vietnam Before You Go
With so many possibilities available, why not take advantage of the plethora of tours that are on offer? If you desire an immersive experience, then exploring beyond Hanoi – and journeying further afield within Vietnam – could provide one!
If you’ve decided to embark upon a journey to explore other parts of Vietnam beyond Hanoi, don’t forget to do some research. There is much more to see than just Old Quarter locations; which highlights should be selected? How far will your excursion go? Which cities or regions should you visit next time around? Don’t forget: planning ahead can help ensure that these decisions won’t cause any headaches during your travels!
Vietnam is One of the Cheapest Countries in Asia
With a per-capita GDP of $2,739 in 2017, our budget for travel can be quite formidable. This puts Vietnam in an elite club of eleven other nations where living on less than USD 2,000 is possible!
Not only does Vietnam boast one of the lowest costs in Asia but it also offers some of the lowest rates for flights. Utilizing this opportunity to visit Hanoi could yield savings of up to 50% compared to booking tickets at home!
Hover over this infographic showing how much money you can expect to have available with your pocket during your trip to Vietnam.
There Are Budget Hotels and Hostels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Hanoi offers a staggering range of accommodation options, but budget travelers will be hard-pressed to find something less than USD 40 per night.
Hostels are abundant in Ho Chi Minh City – which is no surprise due to the numerous backpackers congregating here!
There are over 50 different establishments that can accommodate a budget traveler and provide basic amenities like free breakfast and WiFi access.
Make Sure You Have Enough Funds for Your Trip to Vietnam
If you plan on making the most of each day during your trip to Hanoi, it’s important to keep in mind that food and transportation cost money. Here are some additional considerations:
Don’t forget your ATM card or credit cards: Even though many businesses in Vietnam accept major credit cards, there could be an inconvenient fee involved – which could put a dent in your budget!
Try to limit eating out as much as possible. Being adventurous eaters, we tend not to stray too far off from our typical diet during travel. For example, if we don’t order a main course for lunchtime then we usually don’t for dinner either – an easy way to save! In between meals we can splurge with more expensive drinks such as beers and cocktails; meals at fast-food restaurants come rarely when traveling – their issues with sanitation and hygiene may make having takeaways somewhat unpalatable.
The Language is Vietnamese
Hanoians are deeply rooted in their native language and often address one another with no transliteration of their names; instead relying on the first letter to convey who they truly are.
Although English is widely spoken, it will be of little benefit to you while traveling within Vietnam or when communicating with locals.
Not French or English
Hanoi is the quintessential quintessential Southeast Asian city: a melting pot of traditions, cultures and cuisine. Founded in the 12th century by Chinese traders, today it boasts an array of ethnicities – including French, Vietnamese and even Cholon Chinatown (home to over 80% of its inhabitants).
Despite its cosmopolitan ambiance, English remains the lingua franca throughout Hanoi’s bustling streets with both signs and menus written in that language. Additionally, there are some establishments that don’t yet offer service in either French or English either – so be sure to inquire if there’s anything you require before embarking on your journey!
Make sure you take advantage of all that this captivating city has to offer! From its enthralling Old Quarter, where you can stroll along alleyways lined with centuries-old houses; to its opulent French colonial architecture; or even the green spaces filled with verdant trees – Hanoi is bursting with beauty and charm.