It is quite surprising to know that the bookings rate between Australian cities and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam increased by 23 %: Skyscanner reports. The culturally diverse and naturally exquisite country has attracted many travellers around the year, and the number is still growing. The impossibly green rice terraces to some cutting edge food scenes, Australians are left awe-struck with the beauty of Vietnam.
Antipodeans’ love for coffee is globally famous and guess what? Vietnam is now one of the largest coffee producers in the world. Most of Vietnam produced coffee is exported to different countries, but still, the country successfully created exclusive coffee culture scenes for attracting tourists. So what do Australians need to travel to Vietnam? Visas, vaccinations, phone, internet, money, travel insurance, useful apps, and more. So let’s get into the details of the requirement to travel to Vietnam from Australia.
Australians need a visa to visit Vietnam. Australian travellers can visit the Vietnam embassy located in Australia and make an application. Visitor visas for Vietnam are available for 30 or 90 days, and you can apply directly to the official site on vietnamvisa.govt.in. For getting a visa on arrival at the major Vietnam airports, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, or Da Nang airports, you need to have an appropriate “Letter of approval” from the immigration department.
Just a small piece of advice: Ensure that you have your passport validity of at least 6 months and one empty page for visa stamp.
Good news for Australian travellers! There are direct flights from the main airports of Australia, i.e. from Sydney, and Melbourne. The direct flights take around nine to twelve hours, depending on the flight. You may leave Australia after having your breakfast and land up at Ho Chi Minh around dinner time. The two international airports in Vietnam are Hanoi International Airport(HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City International Airport(SGN). Some major airlines which travel between Vietnam and Australia are Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia X, Jetstar, Malaysia Airlines, and Thai Airways. For further guidance, you can also visit the agency providing the best tours in Vietnam.
It is advisable to speak to your doctor and get your health status. Vaccinations depend on which city you are planning to visit in Vietnam. You should surely take the standard vaccinations for rabies, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, malaria prophylactic, etc. Just check the travel vaccination requirement on the official site because some vaccinations should be given four to six weeks before the departure.
Vietnam currency is Dong(VND) and is the accepted currency for doing any transaction across the country. Many hotels, restaurants, souvenir stores, etc. accept credit cards, and if cash is needed, you can withdraw it from the ATMs in the cities and towns. The maximum amount dispense limit from the local banks is low, and hence you should try withdrawing from ANZ and HSBC bank. They allow a higher amount of withdrawal.
Do not prepare yourself of VND beforehand because, the exchange rate may not be favourable and also, do not exchange at the places that don’t look official. It can turn out to be illegal, and you can be ripped off.
Purchase your travel insurance at the same time when you book your Vietnam tickets. This way, you are securing the amount which you might get back if you have to cancel your trip for any personal reason. For this ask your Vietnam tours operator for any recommended insurance company that will guide with the travel plans. Once you are insured, carry the travel insurance copy everywhere you go throughout Vietnam. Also, share the insurance details with family before you leave your own country. This is advisable because, in case of any emergency or accident, you can get instant treatment from the local hospitals.
Travel apps are the saviour while you are travelling to any country. While travelling to Vietnam, add Triposo App, Currency conversion apps, Translation apps, WiFi apps, etc. Make sure you are going to have an internet connection throughout the travel. If not, download offline maps of the area you are planning to visit from the Google Maps, ‘Save offline Map option.’
For any further details, the google query, “tours to Vietnam” shall help you best. Australians should check the weather and then travel here as the weather condition has a great influence on the experience they are going to have in Vietnam. Do not return without trying Vietnamese cuisine. Happy journey!