What comes to mind when you hear the word “Vietnam”?
For a long time, the words ‘Vietnam’ and ‘War’ have been like conjoined twins bound by a history of pain and suffering.
There is, however, more to Vietnam than the infamous Vietnam War. Recently, Vietnam has been drawing the attention of tourists, not by its many wars, but by its beautiful culture and breathtaking landscapes.
Below are eight mistakes you should avoid when travelling to Vietnam in a tour group.
1. Assuming Your Passport Is Good to Use until Its Expiry Date
In most countries, you can use your passport up to and including its expiry date. However, in others, a certain duration to the expiry date is required. When travelling to Vietnam, your passport has to have at least six months left before it expires. Don’t make the mistake of leaving for Vietnam without checking your passport’s expiry date.
2. Having the Wrong Visa
Depending on the nature of your trip, you might need a particular type of visa to travel to Vietnam. For instance, you need a multiple entry visa if you plan to travel out of Vietnam and back during your trip. To be sure of the Visa type you need, consult your travel company. You might be pleasantly surprised to find you qualify for a free visa to enter Vietnam.
3. Neglecting to Read Reviews
Don’t rely solely on information about hotels, restaurants, boats and others you find on the internet. The beautiful pictures and videos do not reveal potential weaknesses in service or location. To be certain, read genuine reviews left on various travel and accommodation forums by other visitors who patronized these establishments in the past. That beautiful hotel may be located near a mosquito-infested rice field. Reading about the experiences of others is your best bet of knowing what to expect.
4. Forgetting to Crosscheck Everything
Thinking your Vietnam travel planners are perfect and cannot make mistakes is a mistake by itself. Make sure you double check everything and don’t assume the travel company has everything figured out. Understand the departure time on your flight ticket to avoid missing your flight. I know you understand the difference between A.M. and P.M. However, it’s not uncommon for people to miss their flight because the travel planners did not carefully scrutinize the flight details.
5. Failing to Pack Your Most Important Stuff in Your Carry on Bag
Every year, the airline industry loses hundreds of thousands of customers’ luggage. You cannot be certain this will not happen to you. To make sure you have your most important items with you, always pack them in your carry on bag. These include must-have items such as your medications, credit cards, passport, etc. You should have enough items in your carry on to survive for a couple of days before they find and return your lost luggage.
6. Packing Too Many Items
Don’t be tempted to pack your entire house since you will have difficulty lugging it around. Besides, you will pay dearly for unallowed weight. You bring up to 20 kgs of luggage when flying into Vietnam, and not more than 30 kgs when flying out. Extra weight will attract extra charges. Travel as light as possible and by pack only the essentials. In any case, you can buy whatever else you need in Vietnam.
7. Forgetting to Alert Your Bank before Travelling to Vietnam
Most banks will automatically lock your cards immediately they suspect they are being used out of the country. Alert your banks ahead of travelling to Vietnam so they don’t lock your cards.
Travelling to Vietnam in a tour group is exciting. The country’s sights and sounds can be mesmerizing, especially if you are a first-time visitor. To make the most of your trip, do your best to avoid the above mistakes.