Due to the thriving development of dental tourism in Vietnam, more and more dental tourists from developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand travel to Vietnam for dental care. Understanding the difficulty of planning a dental vacation, Lotus Dental Travel has summarized a step-by-step guide to walk you through every detail of your dental vacation planning process. After following these explicit steps, you can make a perfect plan for your dental vacation.
Plan ahead: Treatment schedule and travel time
First of all, you need to plan your appointments with your dentists in Vietnam. Once you have your treatment plan, you can start planning your dental vacation in Vietnam.
You should estimate your staying time and if you want to expand your treatment time to explore Vietnam. There is an easy way to find out the answer. Making a list of tourist attractions that you desire to visit and then, note down your itinerary. Vietnam has plenty of beautiful attractions in dental tourism destinations such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. You may want to combine them with your dental vacation. If you want to discover Vietnamese culture, you may want to put Ha Noi and Da Nang on your list. These two beautiful and charming cities are the most visited sites in Vietnam. They are also well-known for the ancient beauty and by the diversity of Vietnamese street cuisine. If you are a sunshine seeker, Nha Trang must be on top of your list. Its pristine beaches and fresh seafood will give you once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh city is the best place for those who love noises and modern life with the hustling pace of life.
Most dental tourism destinations in Vietnam have various interesting outdoor and indoor activities that you could enjoy: sightseeing, sports, spa, and wellness, etc.
Take one or more debit cards or credit cards (for the treatment) so you don’t have to worry about carrying cash around and in case one credit card won’t work. It might be a little more expensive to use cards on your trips because each transaction would require you to pay a little extra money due to the exchange rate.
However, for some high-cost treatments, it might be more economic to bring cash because it could save you lots of money. If bringing foreign currencies or traveler’s cheques, this can be converted to VND cash at local banks on any working days from Monday to Friday. Or you can exchange at Jewelry shops for the best rate. Each individual, upon entry or exit through Vietnamese international border gates by valid passports, can carry cash up to USD5,000 (or other equivalent foreign currency) or VND5 million without the need to declare to the immigration office or customs office. Foreign currencies with the amounts exceeding USD5,000 – (or equivalent) must be declared on arrival. Read Vietnam Custom Regulations of Currency Import to know more details.
Mastercard, VISA, American Express are the most popular accepted in Vietnam. However, you need to inform your credit card company the estimated amounts and transactions that will be processed in Vietnam prior to travel as many credit card companies (especially US, Europe, and Australia) do require overseas activation for security fraud. The daily currency exchange rates from VND to your home currency are determined by your credit card companies. Exchange rates may vary for different credit cards and banks. Certain banks do charge service fees or other charges for overseas credit card transactional use that you may like to check prior to its use overseas.
Passport and visa arrangements
There’s no medical tourism visa in Vietnam so you could register for a tourist visa. For a trip under 15 days, citizens from Europe, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, UK, don’t need to apply for a visa.
However, if you are from Australia, New Zealand, the US or Canada, you need to apply for a visa. The single-entry stamping fee is US$25, a multiple-entry stamping fee is US$50. The process is straightforward: you fill out an online application form and pay the agency the fee (around US$20). You’ll then receive by email a VOA approval letter signed by Vietnamese immigration that you print out and show on arrival, where you pay your visa stamping fee in US dollars, cash only. Make sure you have your non-expired passport for at least six months and two blank pages for visa stamp.
Tourists from Australia, there are direct flights to Ho Chi Minh city. From Russia, China, Korea, there are direct flights to Nha Trang. If you depart from Hongkong and Singapore, there’re direct flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang.
There are many airlines with different prices and services in Vietnam, namely Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airway, etc. Vietnam Airlines, the first airline in Vietnam, has the best quality in the business with a wide range of both international and domestic airlines. Meanwhile, Vietjet air is the first airline to offer cheap flight tickets.
Vietjet Air is widely used to travel domestically which covers all the most visited ones in Vietnam. You should check the weight limit for your luggage if you do not want to pay for the extra weight. To save up your time, Flights – Google is the most convenient booking platform where you can search and compare flight ticket prices all around the world, so you can choose the best-suited flight tickets.
Avoid delay in booking
For complicated procedures, the doctor should finalize your treatment plan at least 1 month prior to the first appointment. Once you get a hold of the treatment plan, book your flights as soon as possible. Last-minute booking could cost you a fortune.
Check cancellation policy and travel insurance
Make sure you know what you’re covered from if there’s a reason you can’t make it to your flight.
Vietnam government doesn’t require international tourists to purchase travel insurance, but you should purchase one to protect yourself from situations such as flight cancellation or accidents.
You could also learn more about some dental tourism insurance policies, which may cover some risks of your travel, treatment, and retreatment. Some travel insurance providers such as Go Insurance offer dental tourism packages for dental tourists. Dental tourism insurance covers trip cancellation, emergency overseas dental treatment, additional transport, and accommodation, return travel and accommodation remedial dental treatment.
Ground transportation arrangements
You could ask the dental clinic receptionist or patient coordinator from a dental travel facilitator in Vietnam to book for local transportation for you. Some clinics also offer airport pickup and a dropoff for international patients.
There are popular booking platforms in Vietnam such as Grab, GoViet, and Be, you can book a car or motorbike taxi via these apps for short waiting times and a cheaper price. However, as people just need to register an account to become the drivers on these platforms, they are not under the strict control of any competent group. Therefore, we still highly recommend you call a taxi company to avoid unexpected incidents.
Most dental tourists opt for 4-star and 5-star hotels. For 5-star experience in Vietnam, expect to pay about $75 – $100 per day at a minimum. Meanwhile, most 4-star hotels have prices range from $50 to $70. Three-star hotels that are acceptable would be around $30-$50 per night. Do a small comparison between top-quality hotels in Asian countries, you will see those in Vietnam are potential candidates for the best quality hotels with affordable prices.
For long treatment procedures such as All-on-4 in Vietnam, you could book apartments (Airbnb, Agoda, Luxstay), which could save you lots of travel expenses. Normally, you can discount at different levels: 31%, 55%, to name but a few. Besides, online reviews are very helpful for decision making and could totally increase the social proof for accommodation. Different review-platforms have their own methodology of collecting reviews. Some are very strict in terms of review verification, meanwhile, some are quite “easy-going”. Find yourself trustworthy review-platform such as Tripadvisor.
For the sake of customers, Lotus Dental Travel helps you reserve superior-quality rooms hotel and resort. There are state-of-art hotels as listed below, we suggest you consider them and choose the one that wins your heart.
- Lotte Hotel Hanoi (5-star)
- Apricot Hotel (5-star)
- Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy (4 stars)
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa (5-star)
- Hotel Royal Hoi An – MGallery (5-star)
- Pavilion Hotel (4-star)
Ho Chi Minh City
- Hotel Nikko Saigon (5-star)
- Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint (5-star)
- EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa (4-star)
- Vinpearl Resort & Spa Nha Trang Bay (5-star)
- Hotel & Spa Sheraton (5-star)
- Havana Nha Trang Hotel (4-star)