Traveling to Asian countries like Thailand,Vietnamis always a once-life-time on your buckle list. If you're plan your first trip to Asian,it can be an overwhaleming experience.Where should you go?How much will it cost？How many places
can you go?Sounding familiar?
We get so many email everyday from people who want advice planning their first trip to Asia.We review the same questions everyday almost.We wrote this to answer all your questions and give you some ideas how to plan a trip to Asia!
How to Plan an Thailand and Vietnam Tour for the First-time Traveler?
1.Weather and When To Go
Indochina is made up of three different countries, and they have three different and unique weather and climate patterns. In considering when to go, you are best advised to check all of the things you want to see and do first, and then try to plan the trip around that, taking into account that the rainy seasons throughout the three countries happen at very different times of the year.
Vietnam boasts a tropical climate with a considerable amount of sun, high monsoon rainfall, and high humidity. The climate in Vietnam is split into three distinct regions, Northern, Central, and Southern, each with its own different climate, and governed by the elevation of the area. Northern Vietnam is more like the temperate tropical countries, such as Japan, with hot summers and cold winters, while Southern Vietnam has a more tropical, two-season climate, with wet season and dry season, and both being fairly hot.
The Central Region has a varied climate, with transitions from north to south, and a different monsoon season. There is no best time to go that covers all three regions of Vietnam, and there is always something to see or somewhere to go, whatever time of year you visit. But for the best weather all around, February to April is the optimum time.
Thailand always ranks as one of the most visited country in the world. It is a magical but affordable destination even you will spend two weeks there. This colorful land is filled with golden temples, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and friendly people, well between those, it has a lot to offer. Each year, millions of people from all around the world enjoy their vacation in Thailand!
2.Which to destinations are best to choose with a limited timeframe?
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is a great place to start for first-time visitors, with many things for you to do. More traditional and relaxed than Saigon, you can wander down the city streets and get a real feel of the culture of Hanoi. Street food is one of the quintessential experiences of Hanoi (as well as many other cities, as the types of food differ from region to region), and is renowned for being the best in Vietnam. The main highlights of the city for tourists are the Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature, the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, and the Ethnology museum.
-Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s most up-and-coming boom-town. Akin to New York, it is a city that never sleeps, and you can find almost anything you want, day or night. This new Asian metropolis still carries a lot of traditions, and the two sides of the spectrum complement each other perfectly, making exploring Saigon an exciting experience. And for some of the city’s best street foods, the area surrounding Ben Thanh Market is the place to go.
Another feature of Ho Chi Minh City is the Cu Chi Tunnels, which run under the outskirts of the city, and all the way to the Cambodian border. The tunnels were originally dug for the Viet Cong soldiers during the conflict, and were used to hide from the American forces. Now, visitors can crawl through some of the tunnels, and learn about the struggle for life of the soldiers who spent several months underground. This impressive part of Vietnam’s history is worth a visit.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial Citadel in Hue is the most huge and well-preserved ancient architectural complex in Vietnam. It features monuments and ruins, including the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial City, royal tombs, flag tower, pagodas, temples and museums.
The gateway for visitor to come to the country and also the place for delicious Thai food, historical culture and local life experience.
When you are in Bangkok, never miss visiting temples like the Grand Palace, Wat Pkaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). You must try the local food in China Town, check out the famous floating market and experience the city’s transportation system as BTS sky train, tuk-tuk and ferries. Take day tours to Ayutthaya and River Kwai in Kanchanaburi are definitely valuable.
The northern capital of Thailand and it is a favorite for lots of visitors. The rugged mountains, wildlife, lush rainforests and minorities in the mountain tribes are deeply attracting travelers. Delicious food, outdoor markets, Lanna culture, and cheap Thai massage/Thai SPA are the great reasons to attract visitor to Chiang Mai. Activities in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and Doi Inthanon National Park, getting close to elephant in Elephant Nature Park, attending cooking classes will make your trip to Chiang Mai unforgettable
No Thailand vacation can be completed without visiting at least one of the wonderful islands. Phuket is the busiest island on the western coast while Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha-Ngan in eastern coast are very famous.
3.When is the Best Time to Have an Asia Tour?
The best time to take a trip to the three countries that make up Indochina can be affected by several different factors, not least of which is the weather. Travel to Indochina is possible at any time of year, and the best time for most people depends on their interests, what they want from the trip, and their preferences. Everybody has a favorite season during which they prefer to travel to get the most out of their tour. There are also the variations in altitude and latitude to take into consideration when traveling to Indochina, and each of these should be taken into account when planning a trip to three different countries with three very different climates.
The climates in Vietnam, and Thailand are relatively similar, with two main seasons across the region: the rainy season from May to October/November; and the dry season from December to April. However, Indochina does cover a large area, and there are climate variations within each region that you may find agreeable. If you love the sunshine and are looking for the gorgeous tropical beaches, then parts of the dry season would be good for you. However, for those who do not mind the rain, the wet season also has its own ideal sights to see. With a normal tour of Indochina including three different countries, then consideration of the ideal time to visit is three times more important.
4.How much does it cost for a trip to these two countries?
Thailand& Vietnam are super affordable destination and this is one of the reasons why lots of people choose to take a trip to indochina. From cheap home-stay to top class resorts, Thailand has them all. The price levels do not differ so much in different places even at the expensive places as Phuket or Koh Samui you will find plenty budget options. So a private guided tour is quite value for money when comparing with other countries even the neighbor countries.
5.How many days for staying two countries in a trip?
For most of people, the vacation is always a short time, so when you are planning a trip to two countries time seems quite valuable. It must take about 4 weeks to see all of them, but if you only have 2 weeks or less we would advise you to stick to a certain area or choose two or three places you want go most otherwise you will be exhausted after the trip.
Usually if you like to combines two countries we will suggest 10-15 days,15-20 days will be based on your particular tastes and interests.
Entry to Vietnam and Thailand requires a passport with at least six months remaining and a visa to enter the country. Visa-on-entry is allowed for those arriving by air, and you can download the visa exemption document online through the Embassy website, and pay the fee in dollars.
7.Measures of entry
Thailand :Entry Measures for Thai and Foreign Nationals (From 1 July 2022)
- No Quarantine
-Thailand Pass not required
-Certificate of vaccination or an RT-PCR / Professional ATK COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure
- Medical insurance not required
-Airlines will check your documents be
-Visa: E-Visa or visa on arrival
Vietnam: No Quarantine and No Tests from March 27, 2022
-Vaccination: fully-vaccinated status required
-Flights: direct flights from Europe; connecting flights from the US and Canada
-Visa: E-Visa or visa on arrival