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    Insider Vietnam travel tips to get you on your way

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    With a little preparation, a trip of a lifetime is guaranteed in beautiful Vietnam. Think verdant patchworks of rice paddies, smiling locals, idyllic seaside resorts, timeless temples and the most delicious spicy noodle dishes you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. Tackling this stunning country can be tricky for first-timers – its populous cities, hectic streets and chaotic markets take a little while to get used to. Our Southeast Asia expert Tracy has explored Vietnam on numerous occasions and knows exactly what holiday-makers should expect on their getaway. Jump straight into Vietnamese life with her expert Vietnam travel tips.

    Vary your itinerary

    In comparison to other Southeast Asian countries, the visa for Vietnam is pretty pricey – a hefty £65 (nearly €100). There’s no need in paying all that money and just heading to one destination. Spend time researching Vietnam’s hotspots and plan your itinerary to fit in several of these. Love the great outdoors? Then why not add on a trekking trip in Sapa to your Hanoi break? Intrigued by Vietnam’s imperial past? Explore Hue’s temples, tombs and pagodas after a relaxing trip to Hoi An.  Visiting several destinations allows you to better understand Vietnam’s complex culture and fascinating history, leading to a more enriched overall experience!

    Don’t worry about the weather

    Because Vietnam is so long, there are different climates depending on where you are. In low season (April to June and September to November), typhoons dominate the north. During shoulder season (December to March), the northern half of the country is extremely cold while the south boasts clear skies and plenty of sunshine. High season (July to August) is hot and humid with heavy downpours throughout the country. Weather-wise there is no perfect time to holiday in Vietnam, particularly if you want to explore more than one part of the country. Bring your brolly and some sun cream to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you!

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