Visa is required for most travelers
If you arrive into Vietnam without a visa you will not be allowed into Vietnam. I would recommend filling out your application at least 6 weeks in advance to make sure you get it in time! We got ours 2 days before we left so we were starting to get concerned we were not going and we gave them 4 weeks to approve it. Here is the link on how to get your visa requested if it is required, Vietnam Embassy.
Dong is the currency
The bills can be confusing at times when you are purchasing thing in a hurry because they all look so similar. Be careful and take the time to count your money until you get the hang of things. Make sure you know the exchange rate of the Dong before going so you can make your budget.
How to access data
I would highly recommend buying a local carrier SIM’s card upon your arrival. These are often sold at the airport or even local convenience stores for about 15-20 US dollars. We only bought one and we shared it because you don’t really need it on every phone.
You don’t want to get sick while on vacation so I would highly recommend taking all the precautions not to. Before you leave on your trip make sure you have the following vaccinations: flu shot, hepatitis A & B, typhoid, and tetanus. This link provides more information on such vaccinations.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate or walk away and find a better price to buy your souvenirs! Almost everything is up for negotiation but keep in mind to keep it at a fair price. Vietnam has many night and day markets where you will be able to practice your negotiating skills.
Traffic is crazy
There are so many motorcycles crossing from every direction of the street and you just have to take the leap of faith and start crossing the street! Don’t STOP just keeping going and they will go around you because that is completely normal. Watch some YouTube videos of Vietnam’s traffic so you get a sense of what I’m talking about! I would recommend taking an Uber in the city because it’s a fun experience and is seriously so cheap.