1. What is the most suitable period of the year to travel to Vietnam?
A: March-April (around Easter holidays) is the best month to travel to the whole Vietnam. The temperature in all regions will be not too hot nor too cold and perfectly for Danes who cannot stand for extremely hot and humidity. Vietnam is a 2000 km long country, therefore there are quite different period of time which we can visit regions without uncomfortable sweatiness and sickness of severe sunlight.
For North of Vietnam, the good time to visit are pleasant spring (typically March-April), autumn (October-December) and a chilly winter (December- February). The average winter temperature is 17.2°C is perfect for Dane to hide away from freeze cold and snowy weather in Denmark.
For Middle of Vietnam, storms and typhoons strike this area more frequently than the northern coasts from July to November and the temperature is quite hot in the summer. The ideal period to visit the region is from December to June. However, three biggest towns in this plateau, Dalat, Daklak and Pleiku, are ideally cool throughout the year.
For the South, downpours are expected to happen nearly every afternoon, resulting in occasional street flooding in and around Saigon during the rainy/monsoon season (from May to November). December to March is said to be the most pleasant time to hit this region’s center.
|Vietnams weather (average)|
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2. When I need a visa entry to Vietnam? How to apply?
A: Danes are exempted from visa requirement if they stay in Vietnam 14 nights 15 days. If they wish to stay longer than this period, they should apply a visa before the trip. In 2017, Vietnam Immigration Bureau allowed Danes to apply visa online.
This is the most effective way because of its convenience, quickness and safety. In addition, you do not need to lodge passport in anywhere. Fill the online form via website:
Your application is in process. The service fee is 25 USD/person/single entry (30 days) and you can pay with your credit card. You will get an E-visa within 3 working days.
3. How to cross a street in a big city?
A: Vietnam has a big population of nearly 95 million people. That is too crowded for Danes and too scary to see millions of motorbikes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City running around central roundabouts. It takes you a little bit of braveness to cross the street at first but later on you we recognise that they ride motorbikes so slowly, appx. 30-40 km/hour. So, take a breath and go across with a local people, he/she will be helpful for the first time. The next time, you can try without help and will see the stream of crowded vehicle will avoid you.
4. Is street food in Vietnam is safe?
A: Street foods are so various and delicious in Vietnam. It is a pity if you do not try it but only try the hot and well-done foods because foods are easily poisonous if exposed outside in the hot weather for many hours.
5. What we should concern when travelling with kids to Vietnam?
A: Vietnam is a tropical country so there are quite many mosquito and insects in the rainy seasons in the countryside. Therefore, if you have small children, buy insect repellent and sleep with mosquito net in homestay in the countryside or river regions. Surrounding with rivers and forest are ideal environment for insects and mosquito.
6. Is it safe to ride motorbike in Vietnam?
A: I do not recommend it to any tourists to ride motorbike in big cities such as Hanoi and HCM City except you are residents in Vietnam. Firstly, you need a driving license to ride a motorbike above 70cc. Secondly, the crowd and unstrict traffic laws make you stressful to ride a short distance. Besides, taxi in Vietnam is very cheap, around 3 kr./km. Grab Taxi (like Uber) is so popular and you will know exactly how much you have to pay to get to an address. So download Grab Apps to your smart phone and buy a simcard when landing down. Almost hotels, restaurants and cafes in the big cities offer free wifi. In the case that you do not use Grab, you can call taxi easily in the corner of the street. The big taxi companies in Vietnam are VinaSun, VinaTaxi, Mai Linh Taxi and Hanoi Taxi.
7. Should we bring along passport and money with us when walking around?
A: Definitely not, keep valuable belongings at your hotel’s safe box. You should bring along enough cash to pay for your daily meals and taxi. In the big cities like HCMC and Hanoi, there are pickpockets wandering around touristy spots. In big restaurants, credit cards are accepted.