The best time to visit Vietnam in April, May, September, and October. In the south of the country, it is in the summer, boiling and humid, especially if you take a da nang tour. In the north in the winter chilly with temperatures around 10 degrees. There are two monsoons; between October and March, and between May and October. In the south of the country, it may rain by considerably throughout the year. You are already in the tropical area that content that is often short but heavy showers. More about the climate of Vietnam.
In the major cities are advised to take up invitations from strangers. It happens that travelers were entering drugged at such an invitation and robbed.
You have to swallow only malaria tablets for Vietnam when you visit the southern part of the country (the area around Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta to the Cambodian border). DEET is a requirement because of the risk of Dengue. Always consult your doctor, the Public Health Service or the Royal Tropical Institute and not ignore the advice. More about immunizations and vaccinations for a trip to Vietnam.
Vietnam is excellent to explore by moped (note: at your risk). Make sure you officially only a 50cc moped (or with less power) should ride in Vietnam. Mopeds/motorcycles with more power, only when you have a Vietnamese driving license. Wear also always a helmet and check beforehand whether you are insured in case of damage or accident. Because Vietnam has very strict rules (extreme prison sentences and high fines) you better not motorcycle riding in the country. There are stories of tourists in Vietnamese cells because they ended up in a fatal accident. A super fun alternative is a trip to one of the Easy Riders. It denotes the rear of the moped or motorcycle, and the driver will drive you around (and also serves as a guide). You have several Easyriders throughout Vietnam. Hue Riders is a local tour agency that motorcycle tours in the area of Hue, and Hoi An organizer. You can also use the moped traveling from Hue and Hoi An. Another popular tour agency that offers motorcycle tours is Da Lat Original Easyriders. More about transportation in Vietnam.
Locals take massively released in the month of July. Accommodation in locations is popular among the locals than full or more expensive. This also applies during public holidays.
It is not unusual to get a special menu for foreign tourists in restaurants. This list contains names of dishes in the English language, but also the prices are immediately much higher. Now most of the dishes are still very cheap.
In the major cities, you can find anywhere a cab. The better taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City Mai Linh and Vinasun. In Hanoi, you can make the best use of the taxis of Mai Linh and Hanoi Tourist. Ensure that taxi driving around with names that are very similar to the above names.
Ice cubes from the factory, you can do fine with your drink. They are easily recognized by the small round hole in the middle (of the round ice). The hygienic conditions are the last few years has improved immensely. This applies especially to the tourism centers in Vietnam. Here most tourists can be carefree along the street (local) foods. Make sure you get used the first day to the local food in Vietnam.
Watch a video with a first lesson in the Vietnamese language. Also, Learn all about the Vietnamese language on the website Language Guide Vietnam.
Vietnam is known for its cheap custom clothing. You have tailors everywhere where your nice pants, dresses, suits and other apparel made to measure. The prices are standard already very low, and there is always room to bargain. An average pack usually costs no more than 50USD, depending on the substance and specific needs. Hoi An is known for its many tailors, but also you can go anywhere in the rest of Vietnam.
Make all your Dong in Vietnam (or Cambodia / Laos) on because you can not redeem the Netherlands for euros. In Vietnam, you left Dong exchange for dollars; but against an unfavorable exchange rate.