Old Vietnamese lady in a Non-La - traditional conical hat

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  Fast Facts

Official Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV)

Location:  South East Asia – Vietnam has land borders with China, Cambodia, and Laos. 
Population of Vietnam: ~ 100 million
Capital of Vietnam: Hanoi
Vietnamese Money: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Vietnamese Timezone: UTC +7
Visa Requirements for Vietnam:  Many nationalities do not require a visa for up to 45 days to enter Vietnam. The country reintroduced three-month visas for many other nationalities. The new official government visa website is HERE. However, at the time of writing (Sept 23) it was having all kinds of glitches. As an alternative check your eligibility and additional requirements for entry HERE.

Things to Do and See in Vietnam

Our Experiences in Vietnam

We have visited and lived in Vietnam since the mid-1990’s as both independent, travelers, and English teachers. It is undeniably one of our favorite countries.

Our first visit in 1996 was part of our big three-and-a-half-year world tour. After almost 6 months in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong, we flew to Ho Chi Minh City for a 1-month trip. After exploring the Mekong Delta we took a hop-on-hop-off bus to Nha Trang, Dalat, Hoi An, Danang, and Hue, before catching the famous Reunification Express to Hanoi and Halong Bay.

Our next visits started in 2011, when we arrived in Haiphong (in the north) as newly trained English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. After summer school we headed south to Ho Chi Minh City where we would spend alternative years teaching and exploring this incredible metropolis.

Most recently we got stuck there during the 2020/21 COVID-19 pandemic. But still managed a 3-month bicycle tour from Hanoi back to Ho Chi Minh City. This tour visited many of the main tourist destinations along the coast, including many lesser-known cities and towns in between.

Unfortunately, the stories for the first visit are safely stored in a container with our other remaining possessions in Australia.

But in 2015, I started another website focused on Ho Chi Minh City. I’m gradually migrating some of the best content on there to this site.

    Guided Tours of Vietnam

    Vietnam is relatively easy and safe to travel independently if you’re visiting the main destinations. However, not everyone has the time or desire to plan and complete an independent trip. So for those who prefer to have someone else do the organizing, would like input from a local guide, or just want to skip the line for attraction tickets, here’s a selection of what’s on offer.

    Short Tours (1 to 3 days)

    Get Your Guide has over 800 short tours for popular activities in various destinations for you to investigate. Take a look HERE.

    Viator has almost 11 000 tours and experiences!!!. You can check them out HERE

    Longer Tours

    Intrepid Travel has a range of tours, with a good selection for both Malaysian Borneo and as part of a longer tour through other parts of South East Asia.  You can check them all out HERE

    GAdventures has a smaller range of tours than Intrepid that are ‘same, same, but different.’ You can check them out HERE.

    Tour Radar – Has a large range of different experiences, from city tours to multi-day hiking experiences. 

    Heading to Vietnam Soon?

    Check out our Travel Resource pages before you start planning and booking. Everything you need in one place to save you money and travel better.

    And more…

    Book Your Flight
    Use WayAway to find cheap flights. They are our favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe. (Including the tiny budget ones many other search engines ignore.)

    Book Your Accommodation
    To find the best deals and book most of our accommodation (when we’re not housesitting,) we use:

    If you are more into Hostels, then Hostelword is the biggest platform for those.

    Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance will protect you if anything goes wrong before or during your trip. We never travel without it and have needed it many times. We’ve used a few companies with excellent results over the years.


    • Cover-More (Australians)
    • Safety Wing (All nationalities. Great for long-term travelers and Digital Nomads.)
    • World Nomads (All nationalities. Great for long-term travelers and Digital Nomads.)
    • Visitors Coverage (to see a more extensive range of available plans from different providers, including policies for over 60’s.)

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