The best months to visit Vietnam are between October and December when temps are mild and nights are cool. The northern part of the country has cooler temperatures. In the south, monsoon season occurs between May and September. The mountains can be quite cold any time of the year. Bring along a sweater for cooler nights.
Check out the current weather conditions in Vietnam
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Vietnam.
Malaria is present in rural areas of Vietnam. See your doctor about malaria suppressants. Dengue fever, plague, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and trypanosomiasis have also been reported in Vietnam. Disinfect wounds and bandage to prevent skin infections. Seek medical aid if bitten by an animal.
The currency in Vietnam is the dong. Please review the current exchange rate for the dong.
ATMs: ATMs are found throughout most
Tipping: Upscale restaurants will add a 5% service charge. Inexpensive restaurants do not expect tips. Taxi tipping is optional, but most appreciated.
Shop for hand-embroidered items, jewelry, baskets, carvings, fabrics, marble boxes, water pipes, statues, water puppets, lacquerware, maper-mache, beaded bags, kimonos, watercolors, war-related items, and custom tailored items. Avoid tortoiseshell, coral, ivory and even antique items, as many will not be allowed back into the U.S. or Canada.
Voltage: 127/220 V; Plugs A, C &
G. You will most likely need a voltage converter, and plug adapter
in order to use U.S. appliances, even though some outlets will
correspond to American plug types and voltages. We recommend
getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.