First time backpacking trip to Vietnam/Thailand, advice please!!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 2, 2013 11:31 AM Last Post By: jacsparrow
Mar 27, 2013 3:16 PM
First time backpacking trip to Vietnam/Thailand, advice please!!Hello all!
Lets start off with saying that this will be the first backpacking trip ive embarked on, and i'm looking for a little advice from my packing list to twhat I NEED to see in these countries!
My boyfriend and I will be leaving April 16th for 3 weeks from Canada, along with his parents and we will be meeting his sister in Hanoi. She has been there since March 22nd and has been staying at a hostel where we will be staying as well. From there i'd say we are just kind of winging it. We don't have to be sticking together at all, so any suggestions as to what to be visiting would be great! I know we were interested in doing a motorcycle tour in northern vietnam, so if you know of any good tour companies we could look at that would be great. Please let me know what we need to see! We were also thinking of going into Thailand for maybe a week, but really not sure where we might want to go. I heard nothern Thailand is where its at if you are into the more adventure side of things which we very much are. Our tentative return date is May 9th. We have our visas ready for our arrival in the airport, with multiple entry option.
As for packing, I have a 28L Deuter pack with a rain cover, and my boyfriend has a very large hunting pack (i'm really not too sure how big). I'm looking to pack it as a carry on. This is my list so far:
Passports, +photocopies of passports, and online copies of passports
Wallets (Visas, drivers licenses, bank cards, cash)
Nikon 1 Camera
External hard drive
3 Tank Tops
1 Sports Bra
1 Long Pants
1 Capri Pants
3 Pair of socks
5 Pair of underwear
Soft shell jacket (water resistant)
1 Pair of walking shoes
1 Pair of Toms (I don't like sandals and these shoes are crazy comfy for me!)
*All my clothes are work out clothes, so all moisture wicking etc, and can be dressed up if needed
**I'm usually on the cold blooded side, but I was wondering if a sweater would be necessary considering how hot it seems? I read its one of the hottest times of the year, so i'm hesitant to bring a sweater.
Deck of cards
Pkg of pens
First aid kit
*Just remember that there are 2 of us, so most of this will be shared in our packs and we only need one of. A lot of it might not end up in my pack. I plan on buying shampoo, face wash, deet, sunscreen etc when we are there, but will be taking small travel versions for airports of some things.
So any advice on where to go, what to do, what to see and what to pack/what not to pack is greatly appreciated!! Also ANY travel tips and etiquitte tips for being in these countries would be a huge help as well, this will be our first time!
Thanks so much!
Mar 28, 2013 4:10 AM
1You've got a soft shell jacket, so I don't think you'll need a sweater as well.
Wearing that with a t-shirt underneath and long pants and shoes will be as warm as you'll want to dress.
Its probably best to buy deet and sunscreen at home as you'll be able to get better quality brands than in asia. I tend to bring shampoo from home as well (a 200ml bottle will last you the whole trip)
You can buy shampoo and soap easily though.
Don't forget an electrical adaptor. SE Asian wall sockets accept the European style plug, which is two round pins
Mar 28, 2013 4:41 AM
2Maybe others can comment on the mosquito net, but that's not something I take when I'm travelling to SE Asia. It seems that in places where mossies are a problem, then the hotel has addressed it, either with their own mossie net or with fly screens.
Not sure about in Canada, but in Oz, we need to let the Banks know of our travel plans as they will put a block on your card as soon as they see that first strange overseas withdrawal unless they've made a note on their files. Maybe take some US$ as a backup.
With only 3 weeks, I'd be checking out as much as I can in Vietnam and would save Thailand for another year.
Mar 28, 2013 8:28 AM
3Dale-Thanks for the advice! I plan on taking my bag as carry on, so the 100mL limit is something I have to work around. So I will keep an eye out for some smaller versions of deet and sunscreen!
jonappleton-Thanks for reminding me about the bank thing, we do have to do the same! As for the mosquito net, if I have room i'm gonna pack it anyways. I already bought it! But I will put it at the bottom of this list for sure.
Mar 28, 2013 4:48 PM
Apr 2, 2013 11:31 AM
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