Vietnam is a nation of rich cultural tradition, spectacular natural beauty that can attract millions of travelers from backpackers to the world’s elite every year. With its well-preserved French architecture in Hanoi and The old town of Hoi An, its stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay and ancient temples and palaces in Hue and My Son, this Southeast Asian country is a magnet for those who love exploring untouched nature, local life with long term history. 

Needless to say that taking a trip to Vietnam can be a little tricky, especially when this is your first time to visit this wonderful land. But worry about nothing, here are 5 tips from travel experts that can help you have an amazing Vietnam tour from South Africa.  

How to Get to Vietnam?

The only way South African tourists can use to get to Vietnam is by air. There are many international flights depart from its four main international airports in big cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

Vietjet Air Airbus A321 landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) located in Hanoi and well-known as the capital's airport, is the main way to enter North Vietnam. 
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is the most important gateway of Ho Chi Minh City and South country. It's not only the largest airport in Ho Chi Minh City but also the biggest one in Vietnam.
  • Danang International Airport (DAD), serving Da Nang - the worth-living city in Vietnam, is the major gateway to reach the Central area. 
  • Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) is the airport situated in the city of Nha Trang - the precious Pearl of Vietnam where possesses the most famous resorts in the country.

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Noi Bai International Airport

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Vietnam has complicated weather. As the climate tends to change differently in each region, you really need to take note of it while planning your trip to Vietnam from South Africa.

Vietnam is divided into 3 main regions: Northern, Southern, and Central

North Vietnam has a distinct 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The winter lasts from December to February with the average temperature between 15 and 20°C. The summer's month is from April to August with hot, humid and wet weather. The spring (from February to April) and autumn (from September to November) having the most pleasant temperature, are considered the best seasons to visit the North.

South Vietnam has 2 main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season (from May to October) often has heavy but short lasting downpours in the afternoon and sometimes tropical storms and typhoons may occur. Therefore, the best time to visit this region is the beginning of the dry season (in early November) when the weather is usually cooler and the humidity is lower.

Southern Vietnam can get very hot in summer

Central Vietnam's climate is influenced by both the North and South. You can visit the big city like Da Nang year round apart from the wet season (September to January). Nha Trang which has warm temperatures and little rain in the dry season (from January to September) is another attractive destination in the Central area.

Nha Trang tropical coastal resort scenery

In general, since each region has a different type of weather, there is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam, so please feel free to further read our Ultimate Guide of Best Time to Visit Vietnam here. Depending on your itinerary and interests, you can easily get an appropriate journey to this beautiful country.  

Where to Go and Stay in Vietnam?

With a lot of popular tourist attractions along the country from North to South, your exploration in Vietnam will never end in boredom. You can discover the urban life in bustling cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang; go caving in Phong Nha Cave - a UNESCO world heritage site or enjoy a sunbath in the white sand coastline of Phu Quoc beaches and so on. 

Suggested Read: 10 Incredible Spots in Vietnam You May Never Heard About

Charming Starfish Beach on Phu Quoc Island

Bustling Nightlife in Da Nang City, Central Vietnam

And where to stay in Vietnam? Because of the large numbers of famous destinations, there are hundreds of accommodations surround these areas. From luxury resort to 3- star, 4-star hotels, hostels or even homestays, you can easily choose the one that is suitable for your budget.

Outdoor Pool at Topas Ecolodge Hotel, Sapa, Vietnam

What to Bring to Vietnam?

If you want to enter any country in the world, the must-have thing is a passport. It's necessary to possess a passport with at least six months validity to entry, exit or transit through Vietnam from South Africa.

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A visa on arrival is also required. It can be obtained with a pre-approval letter. You can come directly to the Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa to apply for a Vietnam visa or procure it through travel agents with some extra fee.

Besides, depending on your schedule, you should pack some appropriate clothes and necessary before taking your journey. Bring sunglasses or sun cream if you go in summer or get some warm clothes with you if your trip is in winter.

Suggested Read: Vietnam Dress Code - What to Wear in Vietnam

Remember to prepare essential things for your Vietnam trip


Above are 4 tips to help you have an amazing Vietnam tour from South Africa. If these tips aren’t enough for you to take the trip by yourself, you can book one with – this is the first local tour operator in Vietnam that focus only on South African travelers. They not only offer you various kinds of tours such as private, group package tours or customized tours but also provide you with the best prices and highest standard of service whatever your budget. 

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