Vietnam Travel FAQ


Can I drink the water in Vietnam?

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Vietnam. Although, bottled water is always available at restaurants, vendors or 24-hour shops, for environmental reasons, it’s advisable to avoid buying bottled water. Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day. It’s wise also to avoid ice in your drinks.

What public holidays are celebrated in Vietnam?

Below is the list of National Public holidays of Vietnam in 2017

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day
2 Jan Mon New Year’s Day Holiday
26 Jan Thu Lunar New Year
27 Jan Fri Lunar New Year Eve
28 Jan Sat Lunar New Year
29 Jan Sun Lunar New Year
30 Jan Mon Lunar New Year
31 Jan Tue Lunar New Year
1 Feb Wed Lunar New Year
6 Apr Thu Hung Kings Commemoration Day
7 Apr Fri Hung Kings Commemoration Day Holiday
30 April Sun Reunification Day
1 May Mon Labor Day
2 May Tue Reunification Day Holiday
2 Sep Sat National Day
4 Sep Mon National Day Holiday

When is the best time to visit Vietnam ?

The seasons in Vietnam are a vary considerably from north to south, and within regions. There are roughly two different climates, the northern climate with four seasons and the tropical climate with only two: dry and wet

In the south, the dry season lasts from December to the end of April. It is not raining much; the sky is clear and blue. From January to March, there is almost no rainfall at all.

The north of Vietnam knows four seasons, rather than two. Winter is from December to February – it can be extremely cold in Hanoi and the mountainous regions, with overnight temperatures of 4°C and daytime highs between 10°C and 20°C. Summer is June to August – expect hot and humid conditions at this time, with temperatures averaging between 27°C to 30°C and high humidity.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Tipping isn’t mandatory or customary in Vietnam, but a tip of spare change or another small amount would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.

Please don’t tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.