As COVID-19 progresses all over the world, self-quarantine has become common. We are so used to being able to get out and enjoy all entertainment and conveniences that modern life has to offer. Yet, now we’re bound to confine ourselves in our homestead. This can undoubtedly be boring after some time. So here we have compiled a list of fun tips and ideas for staying at home in Vietnam!
You’re probably wondering why tourism is included in this list. Tourism in Vietnam is reopening, starting with domestic travel. The COVID-19 situation in Vietnam has been managed well by the government to stop the spread of the virus. After the first wave of infections back in March and shortly after the second wave in July, traveling has resumed in attractions throughout Vietnam with strict precautions and regulations taken seriously both by travelers and local authorities. Therefore, what better way to support Vietnam tourism than giving yourself a well-deserved getaway?
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If you’re wary, a great start is traveling inside the city where you’re at. First, stay updated on the regulations within that city. See if traveling is recommended and if non-essential services (bars, clubs, restaurants…) and tourist attractions are open to better plan your trip. Or better yet, book a tour that has a clear, well-researched agenda and practice safe cautions. A guided half-day or full-day tour will be adequate for this type of traveling. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out how many hidden gems the city has to offer.
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Start with short trips! For Ho Chi Minh City, that’d be Vung Tau
For those who have more time to spend, traveling to other provinces in Vietnam is safer than they think. Trans-provincial transportation has resumed in all areas, including cities that were most affected during the latest wave of infections. Though you shouldn’t visit those places yet as travelers coming in and out of them have to go through mandatory health check-up.
Check out safe places to travel during COVID-19 in Vietnam, which are mostly off-the-beaten-path alternatives that’ll sure give you exclusive memories.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) has released a “Stay at home with Viet Nam” kit to allow international travel lovers to keep admiring Vietnam’s beautiful scenery and culture amidst the pandemic. Here we’ve picked out our favorite recommendations for you to try.
The grand view of Hue Citadel
Vietnam lacks no UNESCO Heritage Sites that are both historically educational and breath-taking. Therefore, VNAT and TAB have made a 360-degree virtual tour for some of those sites so that everyone can admire the view of these treasures. The places are Hue, Hoi An, Phong Nha, My Son, Ha Long Bay, and Ninh Binh. Along with this, you can read our comprehensive local guides on these sites for more background information.
Learning how to make Vietnamese cuisine provides interesting insights into the local’s life
Apart from going on food tours, making your favorite Vietnamese dishes can give you quite an enjoyable time. Besides, home-cooking can ensure that you save some coins and stay healthy during the quarantine. The recipes are readily available online so you only need to grab some easy ingredients at the local market or supermarket (Co.opmart, Vinmart, Bach Hoa Xanh…). Try making Pho, Bun Bo Hue, or Banh Canh, to surprise your family!
While staying at home in Vietnam, don’t forget to read up on Vietnamese culture. Your friends and family will be in awe seeing how much you understand about the country. VNAT and TAB have made a list of the best books, music, and art of Vietnam, but reading articles about Vietnamese culture wouldn’t be a less fun choice.
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People wearing masks at a mall in Saigon
Canh Bun is another easy-peasy Vietnamese dish to try cooking
Though self-quarantine isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do, it is an effective and proactive way to protect yourself and your loved ones. We hope that this guide on staying at home in Vietnam has helped to make your quarantine more interesting and filled with exciting cultural and physical experiences. For more updates on the COVID-19 situation and travel-related regulations in Vietnam, keep an eye on our website.
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