Vietnam is a strange and enchanting place, but it’s not a place for everyone. Many tourists come and go and depending on their personality and the areas they visited. Many either vowed to never return or others can’t book their next vacation for the next year fast enough. Despite being an interesting place, many guests and visitors often feel that if Vietnam were divided, you could see a different face of the country, if compared side by side.
For instance, there’s the sideline, considered to be the ideal tourist destination while there might be other places one would consider the slums. Some places often leave vacationers wanting for more.
If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you may want to consider the following before booking your trip: plan for comfort. Vietnam is a huge island and it does get difficult to get around in a vehicle much less your own two feet. In Vietnam, you will not find too many vehicles, as a lot of people populating the area tend to believe in the ‘more is less’ kind of mantra.
Of course, when you are setting up your vacation time, be sure that you will be traveling during an ideal time. No one wants to feel rushed or hurried. One of the top mistakes that first-time visitors often make is that they try to cram too much sightseeing into one single day.
If you are not able to schedule or even budget for a two-week stay, we recommend trying not to cram too much sightseeing adventuring in the span of just two days. You’ll never be able to accomplish it, and not only will you miss out on a lot of things, you will not be able to fully appreciate the beauty and amenities that Vietnam offers.
However, if you’re pressed for time you may opt to purchase a mini tour experience, though it’s not suitable for everyone. If you’re comfortable with being shuttled around and basically being taken by the hand during sightseeing, then perhaps the tour is ideal for you, but if you’re more of an independent spirit you, probably won’t enjoy the experience as much.
During these tours, the tour guide typically takes the customers on a strategically planned route in which they will encounter a variety of spectacles, as well as places to eat. When it becomes time to rest, you’ll be staying in a community lodging, but with the rest of the paying guests- if you’re independent- you may wish to explore the country independently, so you can truly appreciate Vietnam as a whole.
Become a trailblazer if your time is not occupied with the many tourists that are being shuttled to and from a variety of attractions. We suggest going to your own separate way. One of the benefits or one of the major attractions in Vietnam as a vacation getaway, is the fact that it has an expansive coastline and yet it seems that most of the tourists only see a bit of the coastline during their entire stay.
Unbelievable, right? You would think that one of the first places that a tourist would want to visit is the coastline, but straying from the path, the rest of the tourists can have disadvantages as well.
One of the most common reasons that people refrain from going their own separate ways are the language barriers. While, some of the locals may be skilled or somewhat educated in the English language, there’s still a noticeable barrier between the American Tourist and the locals.
You can enhance your understanding of the language by taking a basic language class before leaving, but for some it’s simply not worth it. Especially if you’d only be visiting once.
Hide your wallet, but bring some spending cash. Although Thailand is carefully regarded as being filled with cheap vendors and shops, there are some places where you can be expected to pay a higher price for something that would normally cost a local considerably less. While considered unfair, there’s really nothing you can do for this tourist tax. Simply accept it and move on.
Drop all connotations you knew about personal space when visiting Vietnam or any other Eastern countries. Very few have heard of the concept of personal space. In fact, you should become accustomed to fitting yourself into small places as much as possible, especially if you’re going to be riding the shuttle bus every which way.