Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

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Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

Postby jimmy choe » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:03 pm

Bring as little as possible, Vietnam has pretty much anything you can find back home.

Necessary documents: your passport and visa (with their copies); 2 photos (3cmx4cm), tour dossier (tour itinerary, address of travel agent or travel company operator, contact number… ) and others (if needed).

Cash in US$5’s, US$10’s, US$20’s and US$100’s (US dollars are commonly acceptable)

All the soaps and smellies are cheap and plentiful, and clothing, shoes and backpacks are all manufactured in Vietnam and available at a fraction of the price in the West. Tampons are available in all major towns and cities, but not in more remote areas.

A Swiss-army knife or equivalent come in handy, but you don’t need 27 separate functions, just one blade and an opener. A torch (flashlight) and compass are also useful.

Other handy things to bring are: name cards, as Vietnamese deal them out like a deck of cards; ear plugs to block the ever-present noise; a universal plug adaptor; a rain cover for the backpack; a sweater for the highlands and air-con bus trips; mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay; and a folding umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season (July and August are the wettest months).
The secret of successful packing: plastic bags – not only do they keep things separate and clean, but also dry. That means a lot at the end of a long, wet day.

Visa: Use visa on arrival – get your passport stamped at Vietnam airport for saving time. You will need 2-3 days for normal service and 1 day for urgent service.
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Re: Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

Postby Daniel » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:56 pm

Nice Tips. Thanks for sharing it...................... :) :)

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Re: Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

Postby kateyb » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:52 am

Good tips, also make sure that your US dollars are in very good shape and recent. I had a hard time exchanging a $100 note because it was a little creased (and it wasn't bad at all to our standards!).
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