Whether it’s your first time to Ho Chi Minh or you are back to discover more, a good tour guide can make all the difference. Enjoy the best of what Ho Chi Minh has to offer, without all the fuss of planning everything by yourself! You can pick your favorite itinerary from the Ho Chi Minh tours offered by our local guides, but feel free to ask for customizations based on your preferences. We want to help travelers get the most out of their trips, and we believe a good tour with a local guide is the best way to ensure that. There is so much to see and do in Ho Chi Minh, and the best way to get the most out of your time there is to have a local expert with you. GoWithGuide is committed to delivering unforgettable tour experiences, so let us help you create your next favorite memory.
Vietnam is a beautiful country that is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the world. Here you can enjoy this South East Asian gem’s amazing food, gorgeous beaches, ancient temples, and of course its natural beauty. Make sure to get a travel visa before hopping on a plane though, as most nationalities do require one.
You should also be prepared for the heat (especially during summer) and learn a few basic Vietnamese phrases. Luckily, Vietnam is generally a very affordable country to travel in, and remember that bartering is encouraged!
Vietnam has a tropical climate and therefore is quite hot and humid during most of the year. Rainfall is also quite common and downpours can be unpredictable, so make sure to have an umbrella at hand. Vietnam is also an elongated country (north to south), and this means that the climate can vary quite a bit. If you want to escape the worst of the humidity, the best time to visit is during the winter months (November - February), though the springtime (February - May) is also a popular time since it’s warm but not quite as wet.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must since you’ll be doing a lot of walking, whether you choose to take on mountain hiking trails or simply explore the country’s many markets. An umbrella or rain jacket is also a good idea, and in general we would recommend packing light clothing as it is warm and humid during most of the year. On that note, it’s also a good idea to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the heat, and insect repellent is advisable since mosquitos can be a pain. As far as luggage is concerned, a backpack is probably a good idea since you’ll likely be moving around a lot. Carrying some cash is also recommended. Ask your private guide for more detailed tips.
Ho Chi Minh - While not the capital, Ho Chi Minh (previously Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most popular destinations to visit. Check out the highlights of the city, go on a food tour, or explore the nearby Mekong delta.
Hanoi - The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi (or Ha Noi) features ancient architecture dating from the pre-colonial era as well many beautiful temples and buzzing markets. Explore the Old Quarter or visit some of the many pagodas that dot the area.
Nha Trang - This coastal city is one of the best places in Vietnam to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply lounging on the beach. Go on a river cruise or enjoy the wonders of the sea as you bask in the natural beauty of this area.
Da Nang - Another large city, in Da Nang you can enjoy urban conveniences such as shopping, great restaurants, and amazing architecture, while also relaxing on its sandy beaches or exploring the nearby mountains, caves, and ancient Buddhist temples.
- Like in most Asian countries, it’s customary to remove your shoes when entering someone's home or a temple. In general, look out for “no shoes” signs when visiting new places.
- Dress respectfully when visiting religious sites. This means covering your shoulders and knees.
- Bartering is encouraged, but do so politely. Carrying some cash is also a good idea since many smaller vendors may not accept cards.
- Try the local food, especially the delicious street food. Visitors with dietary restrictions are encouraged to learn basic phrases to make sure you aren’t served something you don’t want to eat.
- Be mindful of your belongings, especially in crowded areas or on public transportation.
- In most Asian countries (Vietnam included), public displays of affection aren’t common.
- Do not drink tap water as it is not always safe.
- Don’t touch or pat someone’s head or use your feet to point at anything as this is considered rude.
- Do not take pictures of police officers or government installations without prior permission.
- Don’t be overly loud, boisterous, or aggressive when dealing with people or when in public in general.
- Hello: Xin chào (seen chow)
- Thank you: Cảm ơn (gauhm uhn)
- Excuse me: Xin lỗi (seen luh-ee)
- I want to buy: Tôi muốn mua (toy muh-own moo-ah)
- How much does it cost?: Bao nhiêu tiền? (baow nyew tien)
- Can I have one please?: Cho tôi xin một cái (chow toy seen mot cái)
- I am vegetarian: Ăn chay (an chay)
- One, two, three: Một, hai, ba (một, hai, ba)
- I don't understand: Tôi không hiểu (toy khom hyu)
- Good night: Chúc ngủ ngon (chewk ngoo ngawn)
Having a private tour guide accompany you will help ensure you get the most out of your Vietnam tour experience. Our guides can not only take you to the best spots, use their experience as locals to show you the country’s hidden gems, and generally take care of details such as transportation, scheduling, and travel recommendations.
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