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Traveling in Vietnam

Tour Accommodations: Our tour accommodations in Vietnam are good quality hotels and bungalows with clean, comfortable rooms featuring private baths with hot/cold water and ceiling fans. All rooms are double occupancy and we have arranged for complimentary breakfast for the duration of the tour. We have spent a great deal of time finding the best places to stay for the best price, which enables us to offer lovely accomodations and keep our tour prices low. Please note that many of the places we stay on the tour only have a few rooms, so we are unable to accommodate those who would like their own room.

Tour Transportation: In Vietnam, transportation will be by boat in the Mekong Delta. We will take a domestic flight to Hoi An and Hanoi. A large van will be used for local ground transportation, which is roomy and comfortable with plenty of space for passengers and luggage.

Food & Water:  All breakfasts and dinners are provided as part of the tour. A wide variety of food is available in restaurants, including Vietnamese, Thai, American, European, and Chinese. Bottled water is available everywhere in Vietnam. Also, all restaurants use bottled water to wash vegetables and in food preparation. The food in restaurants in Vietnam is safe to eat. The food bought from street vendors is not likely to cause major illness to a visitor. Try it if you can tolerate exotic foods.

Weather & Insects:  The weather in Vietnam is tropical. Inland it can be very warm (80-90 degrees F) and humid. The mountain areas are more temperate and can be cool especially at night. On the coast, the weather is warm and breezy. Rain is frequent in some parts of Vietnam, but usually it is light and of short duration. Bring an umbrella and light rain gear. Sunblock is necessary and available all over the island. There are mosquitoes in Vietnam, but they are not particularly troublesome. Bug spray can be purchased everywhere on the island, although if you want to use non-DEET products, you will need to bring these from the US. It is recommended to not leave unwrapped food in your rooms because ants can sometimes be a problem. 

Western Amenities: In the places we will be staying on the tour, western amenities, such as the internet and western-style bathrooms, are readily available. Sometimes in villages, the bathrooms are Southeast Asian-style with a squat toilet. Most restaurants have Western-style toilets. Most places in Vietnam now have internet cafes and in Ho Chi Minh City, broadband internet access is available 24 hours a day. 

Electricity:  If you are bringing any electrical equipment or chargers, you will need a universal converter. A step-down transformer is needed to convert the 220 volt electricity in Vietnam to 110-120 volts (the voltage of U.S. appliances). Laptops do not require voltage conversion as all have 120/220v versatility.

Doctors & Medical Care: In Vietnam, many doctors speak English and emergency and non-emergency health care is available 24 hours a day. Please note that participants on the tour are required to obtain travel emergency medical insurance. We will provide more details about this when our tour group is finalized.

Immunization: Although there are mosquitoes in Vietnam, there is no danger of malaria. For a stay in Vietnam of less than one month, immunization is recommended for Hepatitis A. If you have not had a Tetanus booster in the past ten years, then this is also recommended.

Passport & Visa Information: A valid passport and visa are required to enter Vietnam. Make sure that there will be at least 6 months left on your passport when you arrive in Vietnam. The visa is $65.00 and are issued by Vietnamese embassies and consulates. More information about obtaining visas will be provided after the tour is finalized.

Money & Exchange:  The currency used in Vietnam is the dong (VMD). To find out the current exchange rate, visit the Universal Currency Converter. The best exchange rate is obtained through the using your Visa or Mastercard card (debit or credit) at ATMs, which are readily available throughout Vietnam. Other types of credit cards are less easily used. Travelers' checks can be exchanged in most places, although the exchange rate is better using ATMs.

Safety:  Sometimes people are concerned about the safety of traveling in Vietnam. Vietnam is a very safe location for Westerners. If you have any questions about safety in Vietnam, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have questions about any aspect of our tours to Vietnam, please contact vietnamtour@nadabrahma.org.

We look forward to sharing the culture of Vietnam with you! :)