Offering a great variety of landscapes, cultural sites, and attractions, Vietnam is a remarkably safe place that is getting more and more popular amongst travellers. Dynamic yet traditional, it boasts a wide range of points of interest: imperial cities, sunny beaches, flower markets, and exotic food. Take a cooking lesson, go to the theatre, or cruise through Halong Bay. From Hoi An to Saigon and Hue to the Mekong delta, our partners have selected some activities and created accessible itineraries for you to enjoy your Vietnamese experience to the fullest.
Apart from the newest buildings, created under International laws, most places in Vietnam are not accessible. Public transport, foot paths, bathrooms, etc, even in tourist areas are not often adapted. However, no trip is impossible with the right information and the right assistance. Our partners have the local knowledge to make an accessible trip to Vietnam possible, and a very memorable experience! A variety of wheelchair friendly activities will give you a chance to discover the country’s history, nature and culture.
No vaccinations are officially required when entering Vietnam, but protection against tetanus, rabies, hepatitis A and hepatitis B is strongly recommended. Visitors should bring their essential medications accompanied by prescriptions, as they might not be available to purchase in Vietnam. Big cities have public and private hospitals with English speaking staff but many complicated treatments and procedures are not available. Healthcare is limited in rural parts of the country. Getting a good traveler’s insurance is recommended. The area has been classed as having a risk of Zika virus transmission, and there have been cases of Dengue fever. Travelers should avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent against mosquitoes and wearing clothes that cover their body. High levels of air pollution in cities can aggravate respiratory conditions, especially for children, elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Travelers should remember to drink plenty of bottled water, not to drink tap water, and avoid long periods of sun exposure.
Most visits to Vietnam are trouble-free, but travelers should remain vigilant at all times. Pickpockets and bag snatching cases are frequent, especially in touristy areas. In general, travelers are recommended to use a hotel safe for their valuables, not to carry a lot of items with them, and if going out with a bag, make sure sure the strap is over their shoulder and away from the road. Taxi scams are common and visitors should use trusted taxi companies to avoid them.
Vietnam has different climates. From November to May, North Vietnam has cool weather, and in April and May it is very sunny. From June to October, the temperatures are hotter with frequent rain showers. Central Vietnam is sunny throughout the year but November and December can be wet and overcast. Southern Vietnam is always warm, but has daily rain showers from June to August.
Electricity in Vietnam is 220V/50Hz. Most sockets can accommodate plugs with 2 flat or round pins.
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. English is widely spoken and understood in the hospitality industry, while French is popular amongst the locals.
Travelers entering Vietnam must hold a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. Vietnam offers visa exemptions to travelers from 24 countries, and e-Visas to travelers from 80 countries. Please check the list of countries to verify the entry requirements prior to traveling.