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What to Carry when Heading to Vietnam for Adventure Traveling

Going to Vietnam for an adventure tour needs you to prepare adequately in certain areas. This is how you shall have an exciting time.

You need to find out more about the climate, to determine the best time of year to travel. Vietnam has complicated weather. The northern parts are usually warm, dry and sunny. But you can also expect cold nights, so you need to carry the right clothes for that. You will also experience heavy downpours when rains come around. The central regions are normally wet, with minimal dry spells and rain most of the year.

You need to be careful ho you store your valuables and money. You shall find safes in most of the good hotels. If there is none, you need to leave the receptionist with these valuables. When going out to the streets, have on you as little money and jewelry as is necessary. They are not as flashy, and so flashiness will only attract trouble. You need to deal only in cash. Change your money to their currency, and ask for smaller denominations. You can use a credit card when in a larger city.

You should keep your dress code casual but conservative. The only place you may have to be formal is at a high-end restaurant. You need to pack for all weather conditions. You need to have long jeans and warm coats for when it gets cold. You then need to carry lightweight and fast drying clothes for those moments when it is hot and humid. If you plan on trekking; you need to have proper hiking shoes. You need to reserve the sandals and flip flops for the beach areas. It is important to remain decent, as the locals are not explicit people.

You also need to have certain accessories. You should have for example a high-quality sunscreen. A wide-brimmed hat also works well to cover your face and neck. You also need to have sunglasses that have a high UV protection. When out in trekking, you will need a bug repellent made of natural ingredients. You also need to have enough storage space on your cameras, for the photos you shall be taken of the wonderful sceneries along the way.

You need to keep in mind the local customs. You are expected to remove your shoes any time you go to a pagoda or temple, as well as when you visit a Vietnamese homestead. You also need to avoid revealing clothing. The accepted mode of greeting is a handshake. You need to be careful not to touch a Vietnamese’s head.

There are no clear rules or expectations of tipping. They do apprentice it though when you offer. This is a good practice when you go to a pagoda.
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