When you wish to go for an adventure tour of Vietnam, there are a few things you need to sort out. There is no better way of having a great time.
You need to study their climate to know when the best travel time is. Vietnam has quite a diverse weather pattern. The northern parts are usually warm, dry and sunny. But you need to carry warm clothes, as the nights get pretty cold. When the rainy season comes round, there are heavy downpours. The central regions are normally wet, with minimal dry spells and rain most of the year.
You need to be careful ho you store your valuables and money. There are normally safes in the hotels. If they do not have them, you need to get the receptionist to keep your valuables. When out in the streets, have on you only money you need, and no jewelry if possible. They value modesty, and those who are flashy with wealth attract crooks. You are also better off trading in cash. You should change your money to their currency, but only in smaller denominations. Credit cards only work in larger cities.
You need to wear less formal but decent clothing. There are a few places that need formal attire, such as at a high-end restaurant. Since there are contrasting weather conditions, you need to pack accordingly. You need to have long jeans and warm coats for when it gets cold. You then need to have lightweight, quick-drying clothes for when it gets hot and humid. You then need to have good hiking boots. You need to reserve the sandals and flip flops for the beach areas. It is important to remain decent, as the locals are not explicit people.
You need to then invest in certain accessories. You need for instance a good quality sunscreen. A wide-brimmed hat also works well to cover your face and neck. You should invest in sunglasses that have a high UV protection setting. You also need a bug repellent for all your excursions. You also need to have enough storage space on your cameras, for the photos you shall be taken of the wonderful sceneries along the way.
You also need to observe the local customs. You are expected to remove your shoes any time you go to a pagoda or temple, as well as when you visit a Vietnamese homestead. You need to shun any skimpy clothing. You can shake hands as greetings. You need to be careful not to touch a Vietnamese’s head.
Tipping id, not a controlled area there. They do apprentice it though when you offer. This is a good practice when you go to a pagoda.