Vietnam Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Vietnam in a way like no other. Vietnam is a land of iconic scenery, with the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and the conical-hatted hawkers of the Mekong River. The wondrous beauty stretches throughout the country, from the emerald rice paddies in the north, to the powdery white beaches in the south, with magical caves, waterfalls and jungles in between. It’s a country that’s soaked in tradition, where superb museums commemorate the past, and ancient pagodas stand calmly as waves of motorbikes rush through the pulsing cities. When you take a Vietnam vacation with Trafalgar, you’ll see the traditional floating houses in Cua Van Fishing Village, meet the local farmers in Thanh Dong Organic Village, explore the ancient Imperial Citadel of Hue, and watch the legends of Vietnam play out in a Water Puppet theatre. You'll also indulge in the famous Vietnamese cuisine, with a delicious seafood dinner on Halong Bay, and a lunch of local delicacies in Hoi An. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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The best of Vietnam unlocked for you

Experience Vietnam differently. Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and uncover local secrets when our friends across the country open their doors to you. Here’s just a sample of the rich experiences you can expect.
"Vietnam is home to some incredible natural wonders, from the world's largest cave and the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, to the mighty Mekong River and the iconic Ha Long Bay."
Travel Director
Vietnam at a glance
Vietnam is a land of iconic scenery, from the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, to the conical-hatted hawkers of the Mekong. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and explore the wondrous beauty and tradition of Vietnam, from the emerald rice paddies and powdery beaches to gleaming temples and ancient cities.
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What to pack for Vietnam

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Adaptor plug

In Vietnam, the standard voltage is 110 / 220 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A, C and D. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.

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Reef-safe sunscreen & insect repellent

Protect yourself from the harsh sun with SPF 30 or higher and protect the reefs with reef-safe sunscreen. You’ll also need to pack some DEET insect repellent to avoid any nasty bites.

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Vietnam is lined with spectacular sandy beaches, and you’ll also need a swimsuit for swimming in the turquoise waters of Halong Bay.

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Versatile clothing

Vietnam is a massive country with a myriad of climates, from the chilly northern mountains to the blazing southern jungles. Pack versatile layers to be prepared for all weather.

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Vietnamese phrasebook

Learning a few Vietnamese words and phrases can be a rewarding part of your trip and will help you to have more enriching encounters with the locals.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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