From your visa to making sure your accommodation in Haiphong is booked, there are quite a number of things to know before Travelling to this city in Vietnam. Haiphong is considered to be one of the most developed cities along the coast that is also covered with natural heritage sites and breath-taking landscapes. Before heading to Vietnam, make sure your visa is printed or there’s a high chance you’ll be turned away when you land at the airport. Double check all your information and your accommodation details too along with the arrival forms.
When travelling around using the train, buy your ticket at the train station, rather than through a travel agent. Always keep your luggage and other belongings close to you while travelling, especially during overnight trips. If you’re staying at a hotel closer to the airport such as Somerset Central TD Hai Phong City, it’ll only be a 5 minute cab drive, however getting around the city is most convenient by bus or train. However, if you’re planning to rent a motorbike or scooter or any other mode of transport, be aware that traffic accidents are the most common cause of death among tourists. Drive safely and always keep your tank full to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere!
When you’re shopping, whether it’s for souvenirs or even food, always remember to bargain. Like most South Asian countries, vendors generally hike up their prices, so haggling isn’t really an issue as compared to other developed countries where it’s strictly advised against. Vendors also almost always want to make a sale, so if you’re prepared to walk away, they might just settle for the price you want for! Don’t be hesitant to walk away without buying anything, because more often than not, you’ll be able to buy your product at your asking price.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+