After a long time of conflicts and wars, Americans may wonder how Vietnam has changed over the years. Here is the answer: Vietnam is no longer a war-torn country; it has become an outstanding destination in Southeast Asia with stunning landscapes, specific culture, and friendly local people.
If you are wondering how to spend your holiday in Vietnam, let’s check out some travel guides for US travelers.
What flight should you take from the US to Vietnam?
The first thing you may think about when planning a trip to Vietnam is what flight you should book and how much time it takes from America to Vietnam. There are the many US – Vietnam flights take off every day and their durations are different depending on departure points such as New York, Boston, Seattle, etc and the airlines. The flight time may fluctuate from 17 to 30 hours. The shortest flight from Los Angeles to Vietnam belongs to American Airlines with the total hours of about 17 hours.
American Airlines is a good choice for your Vietnam travel (Source: Internet)
Where to visit in Vietnam?
Vietnam is famous for fascinating natural sceneries, cultural diversity, historic sites, French colonial building, delicious street food and much more. However, a first-time US tourist may be confused about where to go on your adventure. Here in the article: “Vietnam’s top 5 alluring places to see”, we recommended some interesting cities that can meet your expectations in many ways.
Valley of love in Dalat – a new tourist attraction (Source: Internet)
1. Hanoi for people who love big cities
2. Nha Trang for sea lovers
3. Dalat for nature lovers
4. Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) for people who love metropolis
5. Halong for photographers
There are so many kinds of transportation in Vietnam that are suitable for US travelers. Among them, public transportations such as train and bus are highly recommended. Getting on a train or an overnight shuttle bus with reclining berths for long voyages will be an interesting experience. By using public transport, not only are you able to meet friendly Vietnamese and observe local daily life but you also save a lot for your travel as well. In order to get the reasonable ticket price, you should book directly with the bus or train company to avoid surcharges.
Train is a common public transportation that you should try once in Vietnam (Source: Internet)
On the other hand, if you prefer something more private, taxi is a good alternative option. Visiting in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, you can download Grab and Uber apps to take a taxi with cheaper price compared with normal taxis (about VND10,000 per km for GrabCar and 8,000 per km for Uber).
Where to stay?
There are various options for your accommodations in Vietnam. In case you want to enjoy your vacation with high convenience, here are some luxury 5-star hotels and resorts for you: Evason Hideaway, Ana Mandara Resort, Furama, Victory Sapa and Sofitel Vinpearl.
Ana Mandara Resort Nha Trang (Source: Internet)
However, if you are on an adventure tour or trying to save money, there are many budget lodging options. You can easily find a room for just $10 to $30 per night in tall and narrow buildings which are converted to small hotels. A room is normally equipped with an air-conditioner, a refrigerator, and free wifi. Some hotels provide guests with free breakfast with bread and butter, fried eggs, noodles, coffee, and tea.
A lovely homestay in Sapa (Source: Internet)
Homestays have recently become a trend in Vietnam these years. They are not only affordable but also give you a great chance to learn more about Vietnamese customs.
Some tips you may need
1. Bargaining: this is something that is quite challenging for US travelers to understand but it is a common thing in here. Some sellers may overcharge when they feel that they can get more money from buyers. It can be seen as the common way that small transactions occur in this country. So, get ready to bargain if you want to buy things on streets.
2. Wear modestly: when you visit religious sites in Vietnam, remember to dress conservatively. Wearing tank top or shorts to pagodas or temples may annoy the local.
Check out the article “When Is The Best Time To Visit Vietnam” for more helpful tips.
With our brief travel guides for US tourists, vietnamtravelreviews hope that you will have amazing and unforgettable experience on your Vietnam trip!