12 Jan 2023
Your Travel Guide to Vietnam: Travel like a Local
Posted by: Daisy Das

Are you travelling to Vietnam soon? To make your vacation hassle-free

With its dramatic geographies, fascinating history, grand food and fluttering liveliness, Vietnam will exhilarate all of your senses, help you seize the moment from all angles.

What are the top spots to visit in Vietnam?

  1. Hanoi
  2. Halong Bay
  3. Cu Chi tunnels
  4. Mekong Delta
  5. My Son Sanctuary
  6. Sapa
  7. Phong Nha
  8. Hoi An
  9. Ho Chi Minh City
  10. Danang
  11. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
  12. Hue city
  13. Ba Be National Park
  14. Cat Ba Island
  15. Ha Giang
  16. Phu Quoc Islands
  17. Con Dao Islands
  18. Mui Ne

What are the things to do in Vietnam?

  1. Cruising and Kayaking in Halong Bay
  2. Island hopping
  3. Cruising in Mekong Delta
  4. Crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnel Network
  5. Enjoying the musical extravaganza at Saigon Opera House
  6. Enjoying the sizzling nightlife of Ho Chi Minh City
  7. Hiking & cycling at Mai Chau
  8. Enjoy shopping in the best budget friendly markets
  9. Hike through Cat Ba Island
  10. Visit the coffee-making heartland, Buon Ma Thuot
  11. Visit the museums
  12. Go to the church in Vietnamese style
  13. Enjoy cycling around Hue
  14. Spot rare primates in Cat Tien National Park
  15. Visit the Ban Gioc Waterfall

What are the must-try specialty dishes in Vietnam?

  1. Pho, noodle soup
  2. Banh Mi, sandwich made from local ingredients
  3. Bun Cha, fried spring rolls
  4. Bun Bo Hue, Beef Noodle Soup
  5. Seafood
  6. Mi Quang, rice noodles
  7. Banh Xeo, yellow pancakes
  8. Banh Cuon, stuffed steamed rice rolls
  9. Cau Lau, crunchy, square, flat rice noodle croutons

Where to Enjoy budget-friendly shopping in Vietnam?

Top places for the shopaholics, in two of Vietnam’s most popular cities- Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh.

  1. Street Night Market
  2. Quang Ba Flower Market
  3. Ben Thanh Market
  4. Dong Ba Market
  5. Nha Trang Market
  6. Hoi An Central Market
  7. Dinh Cau Night Market
  8. Phan Thiet Central Market
  9. Bin Tay Market A.K.A Cholon Chinatown Market
  10. An Dong Market
  11. Dong Xuan Market
  12. Bat Trang Pottery Village
  13. Hang Gai And Hang Bac Street
  14. Hanoi Night Market
  15. Dong Khoi Street
  16. Saigon Square
  17. Cai Rang Floating Market
  18. Binh Tay Market
  19. Takashimaya Ho Chi Minh City
  20. Han Market
  21. Sapa Market

Get souvenirs for yourself & your beloved

  1. Tribal textiles
  2. Vietnamese coffee
  3. Paper lanterns 
  4. Puppets and masks
  5. Bamboo Products
  6. Vietnamese herbs and spices
  7. Chopsticks
  8. Silk products
  9. Traditional Vietnamese Dong Ho paintings
  10. Ao Dai, traditional Vietnamese dress
  11. Conical hats
What should you pack for your Vietnam trip?

So, finally planning a trip to Vietnam... to indulge in something surreal

What should you pack for your Vietnam trip?

Vietnam Packing List for Women:

  1. 3-5 pairs of socks
  2. 4-7 pairs of underwear
  3. 2 bras (1 sports bra)
  4. 3-5 assorted tops (tees/light long sleeve/tank tops)
  5. 1 athletic outfit (for workout or hiking)
  6. 2 pairs of travel pants (shorts/capris/skirts)
  7. 1 travel dress
  8. Pajamas: Or double up a pair of leggings/shorts/tee
  9. 1 cardigan/sweatshirt
  10. 1 rain jacket
  11. 1 swimsuit
  12. Sarong or travel scarf for cold days or visiting temples
  13. 1 pair of flip flops or sandals
  14. 1 pair comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  15. Hat
  16. Sunglasses

Vietnam Packing List for Men           

  1. 3-5 pairs of socks
  2. 4-7 pairs of underwear
  3. 3-5 assorted tops (tees/light long sleeve/tank tops)
  4. 1 athletic outfit (for workout or hiking)
  5. 2 pairs of travel pants
  6. 1 cardigan/sweatshirt
  7. 1 rain jacket
  8. 1 swimsuit that can double as shorts
  9. Pajamas: Or double up a pair of shorts/tee
  10. 1 pair comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  11. 1 pair of flip flops
  12. Hat
  13. Sunglasses 

What to Pack for Vietnam’s Rainy Season?

  1. A rain jacket
  2. Travel umbrella
  3. A rain cover for your backpack
  4. Dry bag for your gear
  5. Bug spray; rainy weather also brings more mosquitoes
  6. What to Pack for Vietnam in Winter?
  7. A warm layer (sweatshirt, sweater)
  8. A pair of warm socks
  9. Walking shoes you can hike in
  10. Travel scarf or compact neck buff


  1. Tissues (small packs for easy travel access)
  2. Baby wipes
  3. Travel soap
  4. Shampoo
  5. Conditioner
  6. Toothpaste and toothbrush
  7. Shaving necessities
  8. Contact lens solution (especially if brand specific for sensitive eyes)
  9. Menstrual products of choice (the type you like might be harder to find)
  10. Makeup
  11. Hair products/accessories
  12. Travel towel
  13. Insect repellant (malaria and dengue are significant risks in Vietnam)
  14. Sunscreen (especially if you need a specific brand)
  15. Baby powder (a life saver for hot wet climates)
  16. Deodorant

Health Items to Pack for Vietnam

  1. Personal medical essentials plus Epi Pen if necessary
  2. Prescription medications and copies of all of your prescriptions/immunizations
  3. First aid kit: Immodium, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, tums/antacid tablets, Benadryl
  4. Allergy meds, asthma inhalers, and eye drops
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Antibiotic cream/ointment
  7. Anti-malarials if necessary (check with a travel doctor first)
  8. Anti-itch cream for bug bites
  9. Band-Aids/bandages

Don’t forget the Vietnam traveler essentials!

  1. VISA
  2. Vaccination
  3. Exchanged Currency
  4. Powerbank
  5. Travel Insurance
  6. Passport
  7. Prescription Medication
  8. Xerox of documents
  9. Phone, headphone, and charger
  10. Travel adapter (Vietnam uses type A, C, and F)
  11. Camera/memory cards, connecting cables and chargers
  12. Portable charger/battery pack
  13. Laptop or tablet and chargers
  14. Back up external hard drive/portable flash drive

Vietnam is a passionate, serene, thrilling & relaxing destination. Reserve your Vietnam trip today!

Here’s the best time to visit

The best time to visit central Vietnam is between January and August. For the northern areas, the best time is from March to May, and September to November and for the southern parts, it's from December and April. 

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