Before you come

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small day pack a small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

1. Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring?

Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of 5-7 kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack a small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.

2. Should  I take a suitcase or a backpack?

We recommend one piece of medium-sized lightweight luggage with wheels and preferably a soft cover. If you are traveling on a train during your stay, bear in mind that you will need to travel with your luggage in your compartment, where space is limited, as there is no separate baggage car.

3. What should I pack for a holiday in Vietnam?

Please refer to the following checklist as a guide. You may need to carry your own bags at certain stages during the trip so you should be able to lift them! Laundry service is available in most hotels but can be expensive.

Travel documents - passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets,

The passport with all necessary visas and travel documents. We recommend that a copy of all documents be kept separately to the original documents in case original document are lost. Copies are very useful for identification purposes.

Address and telephone number list. A list of e-mail addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers will help keep you in touch. Type them onto a sheet instead of taking your whole address book. It will save weight.

Money - traveler’s cheques/cash/credit card and money pouch

Itinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of the places you'll be staying.

  • ⇔ Day pack and/or shoulder bag that can be slung across the body for security
  • ⇔ First aid kit
  • ⇔ Medication/prescriptions (it is a good idea to have a doctors letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication), travel sickness tablets if required
  • ⇔ Torch/flashlight
  • ⇔ Travel plug/international adapter
  • ⇔ Insect repellent
  • ⇔ A range of comfortable, quick dry, loose fitting clothes
  • ⇔ Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • ⇔ Swimming costume
  • ⇔ Lightweight travel towel
  • ⇔ Ear plugs/eye mask
  • ⇔ Comfortable walking shoes
  • ⇔ Camera, film and/or memory cards with spare batteries (or battery charger)
  • ⇔ Raincoat/umbrella
  • ⇔ Waterproof jacket
  • ⇔ Clothes for temples - long pants or long skirts, long sleeve tops, shoes which are easy to slip on/off
  • ⇔ Warm clothes for the winter months (Nov to Feb)
  • ⇔ Chargers for your mobile phone, digital camera etc. An electrical transformer could be useful. Vietnam uses 220V electricity for 110v devices cannot be used on this system.

4. Travel insurance, do we buy it here at home before traveling to Vietnam?

We works hard to make sure you stay on the safe side but, for your protection, please buy travel insurance in your country before you travel to Vietnam. It is strongly advised to have travel insurance covered before your depart to Vietnam.

Insurance will be really helpful in case of medical emergency evacuation. The travel insurance will cover against hospital and medical expenses and other expenses as a consequence of accidents occurring to the bearer during the period of Insurance and/or unforeseen illnesses which arises during that period as well.

5. Medical precautions and vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required, except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However, visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio.

Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are rather limited in all of the country and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed.

6. First aid kits on our tours?

We recommend that you carry a small personal First Aid kit as well as any personal medications you may require. Please be aware that for legal reasons our local tour guides are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

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