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Tailor-made tours in Vietnam

Vietnam is an exciting destination with ancient ruins, colorful ethnic diversity and interesting history. It has magnificent mountains and relaxing beaches, charming towns, like Hoi An, and modern cities, like Ho Chi Minh. Wildlife lovers will appreciate the variety of parks and natural habitats.

The country has just recently begun to reveal its splendours through strong development of facilities and infrastructure. As a result, the destination is becoming more popular, without suffering from mass tourism, and it is recognized as an eco-tourism destination.

Your travel expert - Vietnam

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After discovering Vietnam and Hanoi as a tourist several years ago, it is with great pleasure to be back and work for Mai Globe Travels there. In contrast, Vietnam offers a wide range of landscapes and activities. North's nature, the historic center and the ebullient south! Passionate about travel and always willing to discover new things, I will be your ally in the design of your tailor-made trip to Vietnam!

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Vietnam FAQs

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The best season overall is between November and June. However, Vietnam can be loosely divided into three parts with differing seasons: the north, the centre, and the south. The north is preferable between November-April, the centre between February-May, and the south between December-April.

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Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months beyond your date of arrival in the country. The cost and delay period for visas depend on your nationality.

There are 2 different visa's processes :

- Visa on arrival: Only possible in international airports, you need to fill out a form and pay before arriving (20 USD), then pay 25 USD upon arrival (single entry) or 50 USD (multiple entry).

- E-visa: A 30 day visa only (with no possibility for extension), available for 40 nationalities, costs 25 USD and the procedure can take 3 to 5 days.

To learn more : https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn.

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Despite the high temperatures, you will want to pack warm clothes for mountain excursions and something modest to wear or cover yourself with during visits to religious sites. Here are some things to consider packing:

- A raincoat
- Cold weather clothes for cool evenings and for touring the Hill Country
- Appropriate footwear
- A pair of socks to protect your feet from the hot ground when you remove your shoes for temple visits
- Sunscreen and sun glasses
- Mosquito repellent (skin and clothes)
- Hat or cap
- Swimwear
- A reusable water bottle (to limit the usage of plastic bottles)
- Flashlights are always useful
- A small first aid kit and prescription medication

If you’re hiking a trek:
- Good walking shoes
- Long thick trousers and high socks to cover the bottom of the trousers, to protect you from leeches

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We recommend being up to date on universal DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-polio) vaccines and consulting with your doctor regarding vaccination against tropical diseases at least 3 months arrival. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for those travelling from countries at risk for this disease. There is a risk of malaria in remote areas of Vietnam, so be sure to protect yourself against mosquitoes if you travel to these areas and consult with your doctor regarding prophylactic treatments for this disease.

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Vietnam is one of the safest countries to visit as crime rates are low. Just watch for pickpockets and hold your belongings close to your body when in crowded places.

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The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong. January 2021, 1 USD = 23,060 VND and the largest banknote in Vietnam is 500,000 VND = 21,68 USD.

It is very easy to exchange currency in currency exchange offices, banks as well as in some hotels and travel agencies. We recommend that you change gradually and use small denominations. It is a currency that does not convert abroad so we advise you to exchange your dongs for dollars before leaving.

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Vietnam offers a lot of choices for transportation, which makes travel much easier. You will find a lot of locals on bikes, scooters or motorcycle-taxis, which are cheap but noisy. For the risk adverse, you may prefer to travel by bus, which is also affordable and offers different levels of comfort depending on the category of bus. Check out Phuong Trang and Mai Linh, which circulate very well in the center and the south, though less in the north. In the process of modernization, the train is also a good alternative to cross the country even if it is rather slow. There are overnight trains equipped with bunks which are a good option to save time and hotel cost. Finally, it is very common to include a flight in your itinerary in Vietnam. Jetstart and Vietjet Air are the main low cost carriers.

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The country’s official language is Vietnamese, one of the few Asian languages written with the Latin alphabet. The spoken language has many variations in intonations and accentuation. In addition, there are 53 ethnic minorities with dialects that in no way resemble the official language. English is necessarily recognized as the language of connection, especially in hotels and all tourism-related activities.

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Vietnam unites a multicultural people of Buddhist, Confucian, Taoic, Christian and Muslim beliefs. As far as the ethnic minorities are concerned, Vietnam has more than 50 ethnic groups divided into a dozen sub-groups that live mainly in the mountainous region in the north. Their origins are difficult to identify exactly but some would descend from ancestors from southern China.

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It is important to understand the importance of local culture and customs in order to enjoy your trip without shocking or sending the wrong message.

Vietnamese people are known for being very welcoming and smiling. However, in the event of a conflict, even if you have difficulty understanding what is happening, you should not create a scene or heavily incriminate the person concerned because he or she may react very badly (or even become violent).

Do not enter a house or apartment without being invited. In case of an invitation, it is polite to bring a gift with you (cake box, fruits, etc.) but it is not obligatory. In contrast, you can come early and ask to prepare the meal with the host or support her/him as cooking Vietnamese dishes takes a lot of time.

You should also know that sexism is still very present in Vietnam, which puts a lot of pressure on women and they are easily judged as too old if they are not married before the age of 40.

Finally, being a country with a conservative tendency, especially in terms of clothing, plan correct and appropriate clothing, especially for religious places. Please note that it is possible to remove your shoes before entering.

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