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Milesworth in Vietnam

When to Go. Where to Go

There is good weather somewhere in Vietnam all year round! Vietnam stretches over 2000 km from North to South. The climate differs all year round from one region to another. The North can be chilly during winter months (December to March). North and Central Vietnam can encounter tropical storms and typhoons from October to January. Overall, the north of Vietnam experiences more marked seasons than the rest of the country with two distinct seasons: wet and dry.  


The South, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, benefits from sunshine and warm weather all year round. However, the rainy season lasts from May to November (with showers once or twice a day in general) and a dry season from December to April. The Central Highlands can be chilly. Nha Trang has warm – sometimes hot - weather all year round, with a rainy season from the end of September until December.  


Unless you intend to visit friends, relatives or your family, we do not recommend visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year, Tet holidays (Vietnamese New Year falls between late January and February). The Tet holiday is the most important period of the year for Vietnamese people who take time off to visit their families in the countryside. All hotels, buses, trains and flights are full, and there is almost no activity in the markets and shops. Some hotels and restaurants are under-staffed and in some cases the quality of the service may suffer. This period of reduced activity may last from a week before and a week after the Tet period. It is also impossible to get a “visa authorization letter” processed during this period.


NOTE: As a reminder, the peak season lasts from October to May. To avoid disappointment because hotel rooms or domestic flights are fully booked, reserve your travel arrangements early. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

Getting There

Vietnam is well-connected by flights from India's major cities. The major carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Thai Airways all offer connections via their capital cities to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Low-cost carrier Air Asia also offers connections from Chennai via Kuala Lumpur. Call us at +91 44 24338665 to help book your Vietnam flights.

Travel Documents & Money

All Indian citizens need a valid passport and visa to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from Vietnam back home. The Vietnam visa can be procured through Milesworth from the Vietnam Embassy or can be obtained online in advance.


If you hold a foreign passport and are resident in India, you may not require a visa for Vietnam, depending upon your nationality. To find out more, please call our Travel Documentation team at +91 98400 60394 or email


The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). US Dollars and Euros are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 05:00 and some on Saturday morning. In the major cities there are some exchange offices open long hours near places frequented by tourists and most hotels will change US Dollars and Euros at very reasonable rates.

We have seen Vietnam first-hand. And this intimate knowledge gives us the ability to being able to fill your travel plans with just the right mix. It will be our pleasure to make the suggestion and arrangements to allow you to make the most of your precious leisure time. After all, our office in Vietnam comprises a team of local and western travel enthusiasts who work, live and travel all over the country and we would be happy to share our new discoveries with you.


We offer you an honest and real approach to our advice – from planning your itinerary, suggesting activities and local excursions, choosing accommodation, and telling you when and if it is safe to travel. If you want to really discover Vietnam, you should set aside at least one week, meet the people and get some kind of understanding for this beautiful and fascinating country. Our shortest tours are half day excursions but the longer you’ve got the better.





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