Things To Consider While Visiting Vietnam

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Medications

What medications to take? We always ask ourselves this question before traveling. No matter where we go, we take painkillers with us (in the tropics, we do not recommend aspirin because of blood clotting disorders in some diseases, Paracetamol is the safest), diarrhoea drugs (smecta, loperamide, note: medicinal carbon is not recommended because it may mask dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding), rehydration fluids (Orsalit, Florida, etc.) and possibly antispasmodics (e.g. No-spa). 

This kit comes with tablets for sore throats, saline to wash any wounds, slices of different sizes, adhesive plasters and if we plan any more dangerous trips, such as climbing in the mountains, trekking, etc., we also take larger dressings and bandages. 

Always with me, whether I travel or go to work, I also have with me a first aid kit containing a mask for artificial respiration and gloves, because we do not know whether it will be necessary to give first aid. Of course you should also take a supply of medicines for chronic diseases, if you have such. And remember, we take such drugs into hand luggage! In addition, good probiotics, e.g. Sanprobi or Swanson Epic-pro, which will create bacterial flora in our intestine and minimize the risk of food poisoning. Just when traveling to Asia, we can find a well-stocked pharmacy in virtually every town, so do not overdo drugs. 

And remember, we take such drugs into hand luggage! In addition, good probiotics, e.g. Sanprobi or Swanson Epic-pro, which will create bacterial flora in our intestine and minimize the risk of food poisoning. Just when traveling to Asia, we can find a well-stocked pharmacy in virtually every town, so do not overdo drugs. 

And remember, we take such drugs into hand luggage! In addition, good probiotics, e.g. Sanprobi or Swanson Epic-pro, which will create bacterial flora in our intestine and minimize the risk of food poisoning. Just when traveling to Asia, we can find a well-stocked pharmacy in virtually every town, so do not overdo drugs.

It’s good to buy an antibacterial gel and some moisturizing wipes when you can’t wash your hands.

What else should I bring to Vietnam?

When choosing a trip, we limit the number of things to a minimum, but you will read about how to pack soon. It’s really not worth packing too much for a trip to Asia, because everything can be bought at low prices on the spot. And especially clothing and footwear.

Guide and maps

As before any other journey, we prepare and one of the preparation points is the purchase of a guide. But how do you choose the best guide? Remember that the fattest is not always the best. If we buy a guide via the Internet, and this usually happens, we sometimes buy two and choose the one that seems better to us. 

When going to Vietnam, we already had a guide to Asia for the Łukasz’s birthday some time ago. However, if you do not have a guide, we recommend that you obtain the  Czytam.pl Bookstore, fast delivery and very good prices , e.g. the one we had: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam ed. Sideways . It worked perfectly.

In addition to the guide, we also look for attractions off the beaten paths and then we get to cool websites and other blogs 

When it comes to navigation, we recommend immortal Google Maps.

Visa to Vietnam

Polish citizens are required to have a visa when traveling to Vietnam. Depending on how much we are going to this country and whether we will cross borders many times during this time, we choose the right type of visa.

The simplest and cheapest option is an e-visa option entitling you to one-time entry into Vietnam for 30 days from the date of entry (single entry). 

You can get it by submitting an application on the official government website.

What should you prepare to apply for such a visa? Electronic passport photo, scan of valid passport min. 60 days before the end of the journey, the names of the entry and exit airports, the address of the place where you will be staying (you can enter one if you will be moving) and the card with which we will pay the visa fee (USD 25). The application is processed about 3 days, but I recommend not to go to the last minute, because it took 5 days to issue my visa. But be careful to write down the passport details, because in case of an error you will not get a visa and the fee will not be refunded!

The second option if you plan to repeatedly enter Vietnam, e.g. during holidays you visit e.g. Laos and Cambodia or you will be on site for longer than 30 days, you should buy the so-called promise letter (approval letter) and then you get a letter authorizing you to enter Vietnam and your visa is stuck in your passport at the airport (multiple entry). On this page you will find the exact price list depending on the duration of your stay. You will also apply for a promise on this page. The time in which you will receive the promise is about 2-3 days. The fee you pay by the party excludes the visa fee at the airport, i.e. the stamping fee (fees are listed in the table). It is also an option for those who forget, because the promise can be made in about an hour, but of course for an additional fee.

Insurance

It is worth insuring to make sure that in the event of some unforeseen event we will not have to cover it with your pocket. Coming to Vietnam, we took advantage of insurance at PZU Wojażer. Unfortunately, this time we had to get medical help and the first time we managed to do it quickly and efficiently, the doctor came to visit us and everything was done without cash. 

The second time during a visit to the hospital, it was unfortunately not so easy. In truth, we were able to quickly call the helpline, where after less than an hour from the notification we got feedback on where to go for help, but already being in the hospital we could not contact the insurer or their broker for 6 hours, and there were problems with getting help without cash. Fortunately, the hospital offered a deposit, which was returned to us after receiving all documents from the broker. Everything ended well, but some disgust remained, because the lack of contact in an emergency is a serious downside.

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