What to wear when travelling to Vietnam and all about your visa
You have just booked your trip to Vietnam, you know already where you will be staying and the places you will be visiting. Now the question is: “what should I wear?”
In this article, you will find some tips to help you pack your suitcase and travel to Vietnam, taking into account its varying weather conditions as well as a series of cultural rules you should respect. Also, you will learn how to easily apply for your visa in Vietnam.
The European dress style is broadly accepted in Vietnam
Western fashion is popular among the Vietnamese, so it is perfectly fine to dress in a European style. In practice, you are quite free to choose the clothes you feel most comfortable in, especially if you are visiting a city. This is particularly true in Ho Chi Minh, where there is not the same need to cover up than in the rest of Vietnam. As a matter of fact, most western tourist dress as they would normally do in their respective countries when visiting restaurants or bars located in big cities.
Do not reveal too much
Even if locals are quite open-minded, a basic rule of thumb for the whole country, specially for women, is not to stroll around showing your cleavage and lots of leg at any time, specially in rural areas or if you are visiting a religious monument such as a temple or pagoda. This could be perceived as disrespectful. If you are on the beach do not sunbathe top-less, nor use swimwear outside the beach (even for just a few meters). You should always wear something to cover your bikini or swimsuit, like shorts or a dress. Also, avoid wearing expensive accessories or jewels on the streets, not only they could be stolen, but also it is considered impolite to show off opulence in public. A good tip is to include a pashmina or sarong that you can use both for modesty or to cover you up should you need it.
Pack for the weather
Weather conditions in Vietnam vary considerably depending on the region you are visiting. The North has four seasons and the amplitude of temperatures is quite extreme. The South only has two seasons (dry and rainy), but the average humidity and heat is higher than in the North. This means that it is really important to pack your suitcase taking into account almost all weather conditions.
For hot weather, bring lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics. They are comfortable and cool, as well as easy to wash and dry. For the cooler months, you should bring a jumper as well as warm layers (preferably in light wool, as it naturally helps to regulate your body’s temperature). Make sure you also bring a versatile travel jacket or raincoat and a pair of good sunglasses. If you forget something, don’t worry too much, clothes are reasonably priced in Vietnam.
What shoes to pack to Vietnam
Hiking is a popular activity for tourists who visit Vietnam. Bring a good pair of walking boots. They provide ankle support and good protection from bad weather conditions. Also, don’t forget to include a good pair of sandals with rugged bottom, which are perfect both for hiking and to wear in the city. If you also pack several pairs of hiking socks, your feet will stay dry and comfortable even if you trek in hot weather conditions.
Do not forget to apply for your Vietnam visa
Vietnam has recently lifted the travel ban that had been established due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. If you are going to stay in the country for more than 15 days, you will need to apply for a Vietnam visa. You can apply for your Vietnam visa 24/7 online, as early as you want, even months before departure. If you need your visa urgently, you can request the urgent delivery option and your visa application will be approved on average within 3 working days.