Venture into dynamic Vietnam on a customized guided tour. In Hanoi, the ‘Paris of the Orient,’ set out with your private guide to explore the maze of markets, restaurants and cafés in the narrow alleyways of the Old Quarter. From beautiful Hoi An, try fishing with a traditional net and have your catch turned into a succulent dinner by a local chef. ...Sail out onto the picturesque Perfume River as age-old landscapes unfold before you—women wearing traditional conical hats and children running along the banks. As for kids, our award-winning ‘Kidtastic’ tours are perfect for families of all ages. Led by expert guides, your tailor-made adventures could include a fabulous water puppet show, overnight train journey to Sapa to trek the lush forests of Hoang Lien National Park, a cruise past the hauntingly beautiful limestone peaks of Halong Bay or dinner with the descendants of Vietnam’s royal family. Whatever you desire! From Hanoi to Ho Chi Mihn, let our experts create your guided Vietnam tour, rich with unforgettable moments of culture, cuisine and bountiful natural beauty.Show More
A passport that is valid for at least one month after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam. You have to apply for a visa at the Vietnam embassy within your country. Make sure to check maximum duration per visit. Alternatively, you may email your Kensington Sales Agent a clear, colour passport scan and they will arrange for a visa on arrival letter to be issued. This means you may secure your visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam. The cost locally is $45 USD per person.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
No vaccinations are required to enter Vietnam. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 8 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below. Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective.
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Because of its geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south with three distinct climatic zones. Tropical monsoons occur from October to April in the central regions and from May to September in the north and south. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year. The weather can be extremely hot all year round, but the north has a cooler time between October and April. Temperatures around the country can reach up to 40C in the height of the hot and rainy season (May to September), but the northern highlands and Hanoi can often seem chilly and damp in the winter.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Loose, natural fabrics all year are recommended, but warmer clothing is required in the highlands and in the winter in North Vietnam. Rainwear is essential during the wet season. As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
Electricity: In Northern Vietnam the European two round plug sockets are used, but in the south they tend to be the flat two pronged variety. Most hotels can supply adapters for this.
Most laptops and cell phones work on 110V and 220V, so no converter will be needed. Be sure to double check this however before departure.
Do not use 110V outlets marked ‘FOR SHAVERS ONLY’ for anything else as they will not work and may even get damaged.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.
Internet Internet access is available in all but the most remote towns. Internet cafes are available in most tourist spots and rates are fairly cheap, ranging from 2,000-10,000 dong per hour. Connection speeds are high, especially in the big cities. Many hotels and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi or terminals for their guests. If you bring your own phone and/or laptop, several providers offer mobile internet services (EDGE/3G) services as well.
The national currency is the dong (VND), which is difficult to find or exchange outside Vietnam; change money on arrival and try to get rid of any leftovers before leaving the country. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Currency: Dong (VND)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +7
Electricity: 220V AC
Telephone: Country code for calling is 84
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Vietnam: Police: 113, Fire: 114, Hospital/Paramedics: 115