Planning a Trip to Central Vietnam

Planning a trip can be a difficult task. Where do you begin? How do you get there? What’s step one, two and three? It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, especially for the first time you make the trip. Sometimes when you get next destination and then realize you forgot something. So you should plan as much as possible before your trip that ensures you don’t miss anything important (at least like your lists)

Planning a trip can be a difficult task. Where do you begin? How do you get there? What’s step one, two and three? It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, especially for the first time you make the trip. Sometimes when you get next destination and then realize you forgot something. So you should plan as much as possible before your trip that ensures you don’t miss anything important (at least like your lists).

 

Decide destinations, long or short trip.

For Central of Vietnam, the first, you should decide where you want to go and how long you will be there. Picking destinations are immensely important, as they give you a definite goal and make planning easier as well. It depends on your travel style and pick some of them:

  • The beaches: Mui Ne, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Thien Cam, Cua Lo, Sam Son…Most of beautiful beaches in Vietnam along Central coast.
  • History & Culture: If you excited about history of Vietnam don’t miss My Son – Kingdom of Champa ethnic, Hue – the Kingdom of Nguyen Dynasty, Hoi An – ancient town, Nghe An – the place where Ho Chi Minh was born, Tay Nguyen – Cong Chieng culture with a lot small ethnic groups live on highland.
  • Adventure and mountain: Dai Truong Son, Phong Nha caves, Son Doong caves, and a lot tropical forests with Ca pass, Ngang pass and Hai Van pass.
  • The city life: Da Nang is biggest city in Central, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Vinh
  • Dalat and Ba Na hill are the best weather in Central and Central Highland

Money

As you known, Vietnam is one of the most cheapest countries for tourists in the world. And comparing with the North and the South, Central is more cheaper. So don’t worry about your budget, but you will need some cash in your pocket to enjoy your trip.

 

The official currency in Vietnam is Dong (VND). Although there are some coins in circulation, the vast majority of currency is paper, but nowaday almost coins aren’t using. At today’s rates, 1 USD exchange to 22.600 VND. You should exchange the money to Dong currency, because most of traders prefer VND than USD or other currencies. However, some of them still accept USD or Euro for payment, but you might not have a good deal. you can exchange the cash at the hotels, banks, exchange centers or vendors too. Make sure you check before agreeing to pay in a foreign currency.

ATMs are commonly available in cities and tourist areas, you can use them but you have to pay fee. If you choose to spend on a Credit or Debit Card, you might be asked if you want to be charged in your home currency

Carry some VND cash at all the times, in case you are unable to pay by card. Or if you get stuck, use one of the ATM locators below to find a nearby bank machine, and withdraw some cash directly.

Weather

The central coastline around Danang and Hoi An is warm year-round with temperatures peaking at 35°C in the height of summer (July and August) and around 20°C in winter. The dry season lasts from February until July. Go towards the end of the dry season if you like it hot, or the beginning if you prefer milder temperatures. From August to November rainfall increases and water levels rise. Occasional typhoons hit during this season. Further north, from Hue to Thanh Hoa, the rains last a bit longer, from September to February, so it pays to visit these cities in North Central in the spring (Feb–May). Temperatures reach their maximum (often in the upper 30s) from June to August.

Nha Trang, Mui Ne are affected by monsoon season from September to January, when typhoons do occasionally hit they often cause torrential rain and long drizzly days

If you plan to visit Vietnam for its beautiful beaches, deciding when to go depends on which beach you want to visit, reaching all the way in Central Vietnam.

Check carefully about weather to pack suitable clothes, some medication, electronics, toiletries,…

Food

There are many more fabulous dishes to try in Central Vietnam. Which a destination will have different unique in cuisine such as: Nem chua (Thanh Hoa), eels soup ( Nghe An), chao canh ( Quang Binh), Hue beef noodle soup, banh beo, sweet soup (Hue), Mi Quang, Cao Lau, Chicken rice ( Da Nang and Hoi An), seafood, nem nuong ( Da Nang, Nha Trang), banh xeo, banh canh ( Quy Nhon, Mui Ne),…Pick some for your list.

A cheap and cheerful eating option in central Vietnam is  “popular rice”, if you want to eat like local people and save your money, this is the best choice. If your stomach gets problem with strange food, let’s keep some food for yourself because it is so hard for you if you want to find good Western food. If you can cook, here is best places for you with fresh vegetables, fresh seafood, meat,…and a lot kind of tropical fruits.

Transportation

The main vehicle in Vietnam is motorbike (scooter), it make the traffic in Vietnam more attractive with foreigners. If you can ride it, don’t forget bring driver’s license or identification on your adventure. When you want to visit some places in Central you can take the flight to the airports in city or use the public transportation like bus, train or rental car. Sometimes you can get the good deal for flight ticket, so pay attention to looking for the flash deal online.

Make your schedule, your to-do-list and your budget are more details, it will save you time, money and help you as much as possible.

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