10 things to know before coming to Vietnam- for foreign visitors

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Here are just some of the things you need to know before making a good trip to Vietnam

1. Crossing the road: To overcome this difficult challenge, slowly settle into the car under the road, keep the speed stable, do not hesitate, do not stop, do not text by phone or see the map when crossing the street. The vehicle will automatically adjust to you.

2. Ask the tour guide in advance for taxi rates: If your group has 3 people, the price may be equal or cheaper than buying a tour if you rent a car and guide. When organizing a private tour, you can decide when to leave the hotel, where to eat, where to go, when to return to the hotel ..., and with tour groups, you can not do this.

3. Vietnamese currency: USD / VND exchange rate is about 21,734. Foreign guests should try to note the figure to tip for accuracy. The secret is you should remember the color of each type of money to avoid confusion.

4. Properly pronounced "pho": This delicious dish is everywhere. You should try to learn the correct pronunciation to avoid misunderstandings when ordering.

5. Be careful with dog meat, cat meat: It will be easy for to eat them if you do not pay attention. Learn Vietnamese beforehand for these two words to distinguish. Although there was a law that did not consume cats in 1997, it still appeared everywhere. There are also smugglers from China and Laos to Vietnam. In the menu, cat meat is called "Little Tiger".

6. Seasonal preparation: In the summer, the weather in Vietnam is hot and humid, so you can leave your jeans at home. In winter, the North of Vietnam is very cold, you should wear a thick jacket. Look at the weather forecast before you leave, and bring an umbrella in case it rains.

7. Be Careful with the Scam taxi: At the airport there are many taxis scam. You should book a taxi at the hotel to avoid being overcharged. You do not have to pay tolls, so if you are asked to pay, refuse. Drivers in Vietnam often do not obey traffic laws. Ask them not to talk on the phone while driving, as they can drive the wrong way and charge higher than the actual, not to mention dangerous.

8. Buying a Vietnamese sim phone on arrival: You can buy a sim phone at the airport. When you're done, you can buy a card at any street corner. You can also use free applications to make calls, text messages if Wi-Fi is available. However, be sure to turn off roaming before using Wi-Fi.

9. Your passport Should be at least 6 months: Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after you arrive in Vietnam. A passenger sitting next to me on a flight to Hanoi was denied entry because his passport is limited to more than 5 months. Customs officers in Vietnam are very strict in this.

10. There are many ways to apply for a visa: You can mail your passport to the Vietnamese embassy in Washington, DC, and take about a month to get a visa. You can also apply for a visa when you arrive, but you need a visa approval letter for entry visa services for about $ 50.
By Jackie Nguyen