A holiday to Vietnam really is the experience of a lifetime. With vibrant culture, impressive scenery and world-famous cuisine all at your finger tips it’s no wonder you’re in a rush to board the plane but before you start rushing to the runway, ask yourself whether you’re actually ready.
We don’t mean emotionally or physically (although you should make sure you meet these criteria too) but rather whether you’ve got everything packed. We’re all known to forget a few valuable items when packing for our holidays but here are a few things specific to those travelling to Vietnam.
According to the government’s foreign travel advice office, travellers should be aware of the tropical cyclone season which affects the eastern coastal regions of Vietnam. The season usually occurs between May and November – the usual holiday time for us Brits – but they can occur outside of this timeframe too.
Make sure your prepared for this by reading up on what these weather conditions would mean and packing clothes for all-weathers. Even if you don’t encounter a tropical cyclone you may find other inclement conditions at work so it’s best to go prepared.
Known for its varied cuisine, make sure you get the most out of your trip to Vietnam by packing a good food guide to the local delicacies. Freedom Asia explain the principles of Vietnamese cuisine on their blog so read this first and get an idea of what you can expect to find on foreign shores. With so many great dishes soon to be at your disposal, it might be worth packing an empty stomach too!
Named by Freedom Asia as one of the most common things people leave behind when jetting off, it goes without saying that you need to have the necessary documentation to travel between countries.
Alongside your passport, make sure you check whether there are any additional forms to fill out. This may include visa applications and often the documents you need to travel will vary depending on the purpose of your trip (recreation, business or education, for example).
Of course, these aren’t the only things you’ll need to pack for your holiday and to ensure nothing gets left behind it’s advisable to make a comprehensive list of everything you need.
Freedom Asia also have a nice holiday checklist for you to use so why not take a look at it now and get to working packing that suitcase?