What’s not to love about taking a summer vacation in Vietnam? We want to make your trip all the more special with these Vietnamese phrases you can use while lying on a beautiful beach or trekking deep into one of the country’s stunning jungle areas.
A few basics before we get going:
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Summer Vacation In Vietnam – Helpful Vocabulary
Here are some basic vacation words to know.
Summer Vacation In Vietnam- Helpful Phrases
Picture the scene. You’re on a three-day hike in Sapa (not my idea of a good summer vacation in Vietnam, but I know some people love it), and your phone battery dies. Now you have to rely on your old-fashioned, run-of-the-mill brain! You’re desperate to tell the guide that you want to stop and take a drink of water, but you haven’t learned how to say it in Vietnamese. Fear no more. Here’s a helpful list for your summer vacation in Vietnam, whether at the beach, in a city, or in the heart of darkness!
Don’ts Of Travelling In Vietnam
- Don’t forget to apply for a visa- This one may sound obvious, but many tourists assume that Vietnam is the same as Thailand and that you don’t need a visa to travel here. In the past, things were a lot simpler, and tourists could apply for a three-month multiple entry visa; however, due to Covid restrictions, now it’s only one month at the time of writing (I’m told that barring another Covid wave, the old system may return). A Vietnam visa is currently around $25usd.
- Don’t drink tap water- Although not as bad as in other countries, it is highly recommended that you only drink bottled water in Vietnam(and always check that it’s sealed correctly). Tap water has the potential to include all sorts of nasty germs like typhoid and cholera!
- Don’t kiss in public- Vietnamese culture is still quite conservative, with Northern Vietnam a little more so than Southern Vietnam. Although the chances are that nobody is going to say something to you, it’s always polite to keep your smooches indoors.
- Don’t rent a motorbike- I know how tempting it is to rent a motorbike in Vietnam, and it is the most exciting way to see stunning areas of natural beauty like the Hai van pass in central Vietnam. However, you’re asking for trouble. If the worst does happen and you have a crash, it could even make your health insurance void.
- Don’t use a taxi cab- Although there are licensed taxi cabs in Vietnam, it can sometimes be challenging to know which exactly they are. I’ve been in seemingly legitimate cabs and then watched in horror as the meter shot up exorbitantly. It may sound slightly counter-intuitive, but ride-sharing apps like Grab are almost always the best option.
- Don’t constantly mention the Vietnam war- There is a slight caveat to this because some people will be happy to talk about the conflict; however, this is a country very much with its eyes set on the future, and if you keep bringing up the past you can seem at best outdated and at worst offensive.
Visit Vietnam With Ling And Learn Vietnamese While You’re There
Overall, Vietnam is very accessible to foreign tourists and great for a summer holiday. There is something for everyone, from a crowded city like Ho Chi Minh City to the peaceful streams of the Mekong Delta or the ancient town of Hoi An.
N.B My personal favorite is the Unesco World Heritage site Halong Bay(in the South China Sea), where beach lovers can spend the days in cool caves and take in a coconut tree’s bounty at sunset.
One final thing, be aware of when you’re visiting Vietnam. Vietnam has a typhoon season and what’s more complicated is that different parts of the country experience this at different times. Although most of the country is accessible during the rainy season, some mountain trails might be dangerous. Generally speaking, the dry season would be the best time to visit the mountains.
If you enjoyed this blog, think about checking out a few others such as Vietnamese health vocabulary and Vietnamese business vocabulary, and don’t forget to check out the app before you book your plane tickets!