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Travel insurance for Vietnam
With one of the most exciting food cultures on the planet, stunning world heritage sites, and awe-inspiring scenery, it's no surprise that Vietnam tops so many travelling bucket lists. At Holiday Extras, we want to make sure you travelling with peace of mind, should something unfortunate happen. Here's how you can find the most suitable travel insurance for your needs, as well as some tips for getting the most out of your trip.
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Gap year insurance
Vietnam is a popular destination for backpackers and those wishing to take a year about before starting University. If your plan is to make a tour of South-East Asia for an extended period, then it may be worth taking out travel insurance for the year. For more information on how to get insured for a gap year, check out our gap year travel insurance page. You might even decide to do some work while you're out there, in which case you'll want travel insurance for working abroad.
Extra sports cover
From rappelling in Hoi An to canyoneering in Delat, there's much for the adrenaline junkie to get stuck into on a trip to Vietnam. If your plan is to take part in some extra sports activities, then getting travel insurance that covers these things is very important.
If you have any extra sports activities that carry a higher level of risk, you may need to take out one of our three extra activity packs, which can be added to your policy when making a quote. Check out our extra sports travel insurance page for more information.
While not essential, many travellers find it's worthwhile for their peace of mind to take out additional cover for their gadgets and tech. You might only be planning to bring a mobile phone, tablet and possibly a camera with you on your trip to Vietnam, yet if any or all of these items were to be lost, this could turn out to be quite a financial burden. In this case, having adequate gadget cover can save you the expense of replacing these items. Holiday extras provide a gadget cover add-on which can be added to your policy when making a quote. Holiday Extras platinum level policies come with gadget cover included as standard.
Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
Vietnam is a country that will require you to purchase a visa before you can stay in the country for any length of time. Fortunately, visas are reasonably cheap and easy to get hold of from the Vietnam Embassy.
Like most things in Vietnam, accommodation is extremely affordable. £10 will likely get you a hotel room for a night with standard amenities. You can also find hostels and dorms for as little as £3-4 per night scattered liberally throughout more densly populated areas.
Places to Visit in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City - A popular mode of transport for most Vietnamese is the moped, and nowhere is this more evident than in Ho Chi Minh, often dubbed the "city of mopeds". Just watching the traffic can be an entertaining spectacle in itself (spot the guy carrying three passengers and a wardrobe on his little Honda 90).
Delat - If you like your extreme sports, then Delat is famous for its canyoneering and bungee jumping. Also, be sure to check out the Hundred Roofs bar, for a surreal drinking experience.
Halong Bay - Known for its emerald waters, thousands of towering limestone islets and grottos, it's small wonder that this area is the most popular tourist spot in Northern Vietnam. For a truly immerse experience in the Bay's ethereal beauty we recommend taking an overnight cruise-tour.
Visting Hanoi, Vietnam's capital
The established capital of Vietnam, to visit Hanoi is to glimpse the beating heart of the country. Here you'll find evidence of the countries colonial past, a rising millennial youth culture challenging traditions, and the colourful chaos you've seen from the movies. Hanoi can be split into five main areas:
The Old Quarter - Situated immediately around the Hoan Kiem lake, the Old Quarter acts as the centre of activity and is where you'll find most of the authentic street life.
West Lake - The largest lake in Hanoi, this area is home to the more affluent citizens of Hanoi, together with most of the expat community. The West Lake is a popular spot for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas.
Ba dinh- The Political centre of Vietnam. Here you'll find most of the famous government buildings, monuments and landmarks. It's worth spending an afternoon here just for the photo opportunities.
French Quarter - A great place to experience the cultural juxtaposition that has become part of Vietnam's identity. Lined with Parisian style buildings and boulevards, a trip to the French Quarter transports you to the early colonial 1900's.
Ha Ba Trung - The most 'local' chilled neighbourhood. Here, you'll find life as it is in Hanoi.
Top 5 places to visit in Hanoi
Not trip to the Vietnamese capital would be complete without a visit to these unmissable locations
The Temple of Literature
The Opera House
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The perfume pagoda
The Imperial Citadel
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