• DO & DON'T




    Don’t forget to buy TRAVEL INSURANCE before the trip.

    2. VISA

    It is recommended that you should get VISA before the trip otherwise it will take you hours waiting at the airport custom to get visa.



    3. LUGGAGE

    At the airport, please carefully CHECK your luggage to make sure that nothing illegal such as heroin…secretly hidden in your baggage. Check and double check carefully if you do not want to be locked up abroad. Do not leave anything valuable in your check-in baggage.



    4. TAXI , GRAB & UBER

    Feel free to take any TAXI as long as its driver is in a uniform, normally with a tie. Taxis with drivers who aren’t in uniforms are usually unregistered. These unregistered taxis have their meters adjusted to their advantage. GRAB & UBER are also available in central cities including Sài Gòn & Hà Nội. There are also GrabMotorbike & UberMoto.




    Always keep your PASSPORT & VISA in the safety box in your room or at the hotel reception. It is always safer to leave these important papers at the hotel. Just take the copy of your passport with you. Carry passport in your bag or backpack is not a good idea because they are usually targeted by thieves.


    6. JEWELRY

    To avoid thieves, take off your NECKLACE and keep in the safety box or at the hotel reception.


    7. WATER

    Drink BOTTLED WATER in lieu of tab water


    8. SIM CARDS

    The most common networks are MobiFone, Vinaphone & Viettel. Buy a sim card in town, don’t buy at the airport. If you do, don’t bargain anything over 100,000 VND.  A Vietnamese SIM card can be found anywhere you see their logos on the streets on carts, at any phone shop, credit kiosk. , the official Mobifone store  at 80 Nguyễn Du Street, District 1, Sài Gòn (on the right side of Saigon Central Post Office) or 75 Đinh Tiên Hòang street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội (at Hanoi Post Office)At the official stores, make sure you have copy of your passport because they might ask for it. 


    SWITCH TO ENGLISH: Text NN_to 901 ( _ is space) 

    MOBIFONE INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICES: Dial 9393 (daily from 7am to 20pm)

    (English, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian & Chinese speaking operators)

    TOP UP: Dial *100*(insert the scratched pin code)# then hit call

    CHECK BALANCE: Dial *101# then hit call

    CHECK DATA BALANCE: Text KT_DATA to 999 _ is space) 

    ACTIVE INTERNET SERVICE (3G/4G):Text DATA_ON to 999 ( _ is space)


    HAPPY TOURIST is a special data/calling package from MOBIFONE for travelers.

    HP2 (3GB - 70MIN OF VOICE - 30SMS - 60 DAYS -200,000VND)

    REGISTER HAPPY TOURIST PACKAGE: Text DK_HP2 to 789 _ is space)



    Text DK_INTERNET PACKAGE that you desire to 999 ( _ is space)



    MIU90 (1GB - 30 DAYS - 90,000VND) 

    M120 (1.5GB - 30 DAYS - 120,000VND)  

    BMIU (2GB - 30 DAYS - 200,000VND)



    In Việt Nam, a common threat is DENGUE FEVER. Packed with viruses, once they bite you, they won’t leave behind just a small red lump. You might find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly sting. Although the prevalence of the disease in Vietnam is incredibly high, the mortality rate is reassuring low, approximately 0.01 percent. However,it’s always worth getting yourself checked out should you notice any early signs like fever, muscle pain, headache and diarrhea. A characteristic rash similar to measles can develop, but this generally occurs after the early stages of the disease. 


    Who doesn’t love the food here? It’s quick, cheap, always hits the spot and, for the most part ,it is healthy. However, you do hear horror stories, and not just from tourists with “Delhi belly”. But is it a killer? One of the most common types of food poisoning lurking in Việt Nam is E.Coli or traveler’s DIARRHEA which causes acute onset watery diarrhea starting 24 to 48 hours after ingestion with vomiting and abdominal cramping. E.coli generally lasts for around 2 days, but is by no means the quickest to rear its ugly head after contact. A stealthier type of food poisoning, caused largely by improperly stored food is staphylococci. It’s a nasty mix of intense vomiting and diarrhea. These charming side effects make an appearance as little as one to four hours after contact and can last for two days. Generally only big restaurant in the city hold food hygiene certificates, so it always pays to be vigilant. For any hardened food poisoning veterans in Vietnam, it’s all too easy to believe the myth that you can build up resistance to these kinds of bugs over time. Although we can get used to strange foods, food poisoning is food poisoning, whether you have had it before or not. So check your food and don’t get caught face down on the porcelain throne.


    DON'T trust any of them! At first they do their best to get you on by offering you a very good price, then they will take you to the middle of nowhere, forcing you to pay 50 times more. It happens to visitors every day. Interested in a cyclo ride? It is strongly recommended that you have it arranged through a local travel agencies or your hotel concierge.



    12. GRATUITY

    Tipping is common in Sài Gòn, Hà Nội and certain other major cities. Most workers in Vietnam earn low wages, and tips are their only way of making extra money. Việt Nam’s official currency is the Việt Nam dong, but US dollars are accepted at most places, and can also be used for tips. Many of the upscale hotels and eateries include a service charge in the bills, and this could be anywhere between 5 and 10 percent. However, this amount rarely reaches the service staff. An extra minimum tip of  VND 100,000/person (about 5 USD) is customary when the service has been outstanding. It is not customary to tip at street food stops, but you can still leave a tip of VND 20,000 (1 USD) if you receive excellent service. If you have been satisfied with the overall service at the hotel, you can leave a small amount at the desk before you check out. You are expected give the bellman a dollar for each bag he carries.Leaving a couple of dollars for good housekeeping service is appropriate Spa services in Việt Nam are not as expensive as they are in western. The common custom is to leave half of their bills. You can round off the total amount and request the taxi driver to keep the change. 




    There are several groups of coconut peddlers who invite tourists to pose for a photograph with their gánhthe bamboo yokes hung with baskets at each end used to carry the fruits around, then force them buy coconuts at cut-throat prices,10-20USD while a coconut is just 2USDThere have been cases when tourists refused to pay, so the vendors snatched their wallets and took the money themselves. It is recommended to walk away from these coconut peddlers



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