Vietnam

What to pack for your trip to Vietnam

Layers, layers, layers. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region. In Hanoi and the north, May to October is hot and humid with high rainfall; November to April is cooler and dry. In the far north, December/January can be particularly cold. Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January and August when temperatures can hit the mid-30°Cs; whilst high levels of rainfall can occur from September to November. Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May and October, with the highest rainfall in June, July/August.

Ideal are lightweight hoodies like the highly weatherproof Arc'teryx Squamish jacket, which is breathable, too – handy for when the weather clears up again. If you travel during the wet season, you might also opt for an actual rain jacket like the Patagonia Torrentshell.

Lightweight shoes for hiking. Pack a not-too-bulky pair of trail runners that can handle both streets and trails in dry and wet conditions, such as Saucony’s Peregrine 7 for men or women, that hold up well on wet and dry ground.

Mosquito and sun protection. Along with an effective bug repellent and great sunscreen, bring a wide-brimmed hat – when the sun is out in Vietnam, especially in the coastal regions, it's strong year-round. Tilley's LTM6 AirFlo Hat is stylish enough to wear in the city, but also keep you cool and provide a convenient perch for a personal mosquito net, like this one from Outdoor Research.

Don't forget your swimwear! You’ll also want a comfortable, easily adjusted pair of goggles, like Aqua Sphere goggles and a space-saving microfiber towel like the Sea to Summit DryLite towel. A pair of sandals, like Chaco's Z/VOLV or Ecotread, will give you better traction on wet surfaces than a standard pair of flip-flops.

Power adapter and charger. Most Vietnam power outlets support one of three different types of power plugs, types A, C, and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Type A, C, and F power adapters are included in this world adapter set from Bestek, and a multiport charger, like Anker’s compact Powerport 4.

Packing cubes. They not only keep your suitcase organized, but also compact your clothes to save space. One of frequent travellers'favorites are Eagle Creek‘s Pack-It cubes, which come in different sizes so you can tailor your setup to your needs.

Travel guides. The Lonely Planet's Vietnam guide provides great advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Kayak around towering limestone peaks into grottoes and lagoons in Halong Bay; wander the warren-like lanes of Hoi An’s Old Town; and sample the freshest, tastiest local specialities (and learn to cook them yourself).

Also check out the official Vietnam Tourism website with lots of useful information.

Check out all our locations in Vietnam:

Angsana

Angsana Lang Co – Pool Area Jacuzzi

Situated on a long stretch of beach in central Vietnam, with the Truong Son mountains in the background.
Banyan

Banyan Tree Lang Co – Beach Pool Villa

An all-pool villa resort in Central Vietnam where dramatic landscapes and sensational East Sea vistas greet you every day.
Banyan

Banyan Tree Lang Co – Seaview Hill Pool Villa

An all-pool villa resort in Central Vietnam where dramatic landscapes and sensational East Sea vistas greet you every day.