As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the country ceases to increase, tourism in Vietnam reopens, in hopes of recovery post-pandemic. And what’s better to help its recovery than giving yourselves a well-earned getaway? If you’ve been itching to satisfy the inner travel bug, then this is for you. Look at these tours you can take in Vietnam during COVID-19 that we’ve picked out based on safety and value.
COVID-19 has changed the travel trends worldwide, including our S-shaped country. Now, travel trends in Vietnam have shifted to be mainly domestic, which means traveling within a city or between provinces of the country. People have also preferred more off-the-beaten-path experiences or staycation at luxurious accommodations.
Of course, though life has somewhat returned to normal in Vietnam, you still need to take safety precautions, stay updated on travel regulations in and out of the country. Also, you should keep track of your travel itinerary in details in case contact tracing is needed. Installing Bluezone would also of help as it can give alerts when you’ve gone near any positive cases.
June 2021's update: Currently, Ho Chi Minh City is practicing social distancing and everyone is advised to stay at home as much as possible. Dining in is not allowed and lots of facilities are closed down until further notice.
Tours you can take in Vietnam during COVID-19 with the least effort needed should be city tours. You can save transportation costs as these tours require little traveling. These are also a fun way to explore the city in which you’re currently residing. When we think of a vacation, we think of a faraway land, but few are aware that their home city could be a hidden gem.
Now’s the time to experience different sides of the city you’re living in
You can start easily by trying city bus tours in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. These rides usually cost between VND 65,000 - VND 330,000, with the option of an unlimited 24-hour ticket. See more information here. Another interesting alternative in Ho Chi Minh City is the Saigon Waterbus, which will reveal to you another side of the posh city.
If a few hours isn’t enough for your travel bug, then we suggest you take a guided tour. This usually comes as a half-day or full-day tour through popular tourist attractions, but more unique options are available. In Ho Chi Minh City, check out:
See the less-touristy side of Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a motorbike with lovely guides
Learn how the Communist troops spent their days underground on this educational trip
Aside from seeing places of importance, you can opt for a more lighthearted, yet just as fulfilling, experience - food tour! These tours often last around 3 hours. During that period, you will get to taste delicious dishes, from popular to less well-known ones, but all can be representative of the Vietnamese cuisine. The guides will teach you not just how to eat like a local but also the history and culture lying inside each simple plate.
You can customize the itinerary according to your preferences and allergies, so no worries about hygiene and health! What’s more, learning how to make the dishes from local restaurant owners and staff can often be part of the program as well.
Try eating and cooking mouth-watering Vietnamese food
Check out our private motorbike tours with professional local guides
Feeling more adventurous? Then venture out of the city’s borders and get to other provinces. All trans-provincial transportations have resumed operations, so you won’t be limited in regards to choices for tours you can take in Vietnam during COVID-19. That said, we strongly recommend you to avoid touristy locations. For residents of Ho Chi Minh City and nearby areas, you can consider:
Come to Vietnam’s breathtaking beaches to unwind
Ride the sampan and shopping on a floating market are things you can only participate in the Mekong Delta
We bet you haven’t thought about this choice while thinking about tours you can take in Vietnam during COVID-19. Virtual tours are an excellent way to spend your days at home in Vietnam and a surefire way to avoid being infected. The Vietnam Nation Administration of Tourism and Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board has introduced free 360-degree virtual tours of Hue, Hoi An, Phong Nha, My Son, Ha Long Bay, and Ninh Binh so you can admire their beauty from the comfort of your own home.
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Now is the best time during this whole pandemic to explore awe-inspiring Vietnam. The situation is alleviating here, and the sheer abundance of tours you can take in Vietnam during COVID-19 is enough of a reason to get out and about. Although, whichever you choose, you must remember the general safety rules for traveling in Vietnam, and always put your wellbeing and the public’s health on top.
Stay tuned for more information on the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, travel-wise, and whatnot on our website!
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