Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
Yes. Vietnamese entry visa is required for Australian passport holders and most other foreigners wishing to visit Vietnam. Visas can be applied by mail or in person at the Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Australia.
The Vietnamese Embassies and Consular Offices are the only Competent Government Agencies, who are authorised to issue visas abroad.
In order to avoid any risks that may arise when boarding flights or at ports of entry in Viet Nam due to possible miscommunication, travellers are strongly recommended to apply with the Vietnamese Embassies and Consular Offices in Australia to get visas before leaving.
Is tipping customary in Vietnam?
Tipping isn’t mandatory or customary in Vietnam, however tipping is compulsory for all caddies whist playing golf . Tipping would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.
- For caddies the minimum is VN200,000 which is approximately AUD$13.00 per day
- For drivers I suggest to tip the driver VN200,000 approximately AUD13.00 per day
What is Internet access like in Vietnam?
Internet access is widely available in tourist areas and big cities, which have many internet cafes. Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
What will it cost for?
Quick city bus ride = 4,000 VND
Local-style coffee at a cafe = 15,000 VND
Bowl of pho from street stall = 20,000-30,000 VND
Dinner at a simple restaurant = 70,000-100,000 VND
Dinner at a up-market restaurant = 200,000+ VND
Aussie Dollar is equal to approx. 16,000 VND
Can I drink the water in Vietnam?
Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Vietnam. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It’s also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Are credit cards accepted widely in Vietnam?
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Vietnam. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren’t always an option everywhere in Vietnam.
What is ATM access like in Vietnam?
ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam, so withdrawing cash shouldn’t be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.
Do I need to purchase Travel Insurance prior to visiting Vietnam?
Travel Insurance is essential when travelling overseas. If you require a quote for travel insurance please visit the following link Travel_Insurance