Vietnam was considered an undiscovered golf destination in Asia in 2012. Nowadays, it attracts an emerging number of worldwide golf enthusiasts to stay and play, especially Singaporean golfers. In this article, we will provide you with a general guide for traveling from Singapore to Vietnam for golf, including what you need to prepare, when to go, where to stay, etc. for a perfect golf holiday in Vietnam.
Singapore to Vietnam for golf
1. Vietnam’s general information
Location: Southeast Asia
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
Main religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Caodaism
Ethnic groups: 54
Time zone: UTC+7
An InterNations’ survey pointed out that Vietnam is the 5th on the list of 10 friendliest countries in the world. It is an exceptionally safe country where foreigns are always welcomed and receive genuine appreciation from the locals. Recently, tourism also becomes a major sector in Vietnam’s economy. Many types of tourism have been developed to attract more and more visitors, from leisure and adventure travel to luxurious types such as grand Vietnam golf tours.
2. Visa & packaging tips when travel from Singapore to Vietnam for golf
Golfers with Singaporean nationality can arrive and stay in Vietnam for 30 days without a visa. However, you have to adapt to special requirements if planning to reside for an extended period or onward travel to a different country. These compulsions are also applied to those who want to engage in activities rather than a golf holiday in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the visa requirements change at short notice, so it is best to contact the Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore or a travel agency for the latest information.
What to pack for a golf holiday in Vietnam is essential because not taking enough equipment is like giving away money. Before departure, empty your bag and add a fresh glove, a set of golf balls, a clean towel, and a light jacket respectively.
Check out the weather to prepare suitable clothes as well. Vietnam is divided into three regions with different weather conditions, so it is best to consult your travel agency to know how to pack your luggage smartly. If you spend your time playing golf in the south of Vietnam only, lightweight clothes are reasonable. However, if you arrive in Hanoi and the northern provinces at the end of the year, remember to bring warm clothes.
The usual dressing standard is valid at Vietnam golf courses, so everything is suitable apart from jeans and T-shirts.
3. Best time to play golf in Vietnam
Vietnam is more than 1000 kilometers long and divided into three regions with different weather conditions. If you are preparing a golf trip throughout this country, the ideal time is spring (from February to April) and autumn (from August to October). At this time, it is dry and has little-to-no sudden rainfall.
Hanoi and North Vietnam
BRG King’s Island Golf Resort in Hanoi
Hanoi and the northern provinces of Vietnam have up to four seasons. It is scorching during the summer months, while extremely cold during the winter time. The perfect time for a golf round in Hanoi is in October and November when the temperature is about 25 degrees Celcius and has a lot of sunshine.
Two – three months later, it will become chilly, with a temperature of about 17 degrees Celcius. The fog at this time can also negatively affect your vision and swings. In contrast, the humidity from February to April and hot weather from May to August may cause you many health problems, not to count the sudden rainfall that can prevent you from having a great golf holiday in Vietnam.
Central Vietnam is home to many breathtaking golf courses, such as Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang, Hoiana Shores Golf Resort, Montgomerie Links Vietnam, etc. The best time to enjoy a golf game in this region is from January to May when the weather is quite pleasant at around 27 degrees Celcius. Avoid the months from September to December because there will be a lot of tropical storms and typhoons.
Ho Chi Minh City and South Vietnam have two distinct seasons: the wet and the dry. The dry season starts at the beginning of the year and lasts until the end of April. It is a perfect time for a game of golf in Ho Chi Minh City and south Vietnam. It has limited rainfall, and the temperature is about 32 degrees Celcius. You can still have a golf round here in the six later months of the year. However, the sudden rainfall, especially in the late afternoon, may force you to stop for a while to let the rain pass.
Da Lat city and Phu Quoc island are perfect all-weather destinations to play golf in Vietnam. Da Lat city locates 1500 meters above sea level and has the most pleasant climate with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celcius all year round. Some summer months may witness rainfall, but it is not too much and will not affect your golf experience. Phu Quoc is sunny, with temperatures around 25 – 28 degrees Celcius during the year – an ideal condition for Vietnam golf tours whenever you want.
There are many ways to travel from Singapore to Vietnam for golf. You can catch a train, go by bus, drive your private car, or fly to Vietnam. The road distance between the two countries is 2683.2 kilometers, taking more than 35 hours of driving and nearly four days to go by bus or train.
The fastest and cheapest method of transportation is to take a flight. Nowadays, there are many flights from Singapore to Vietnam, both non-stop and indirect, provided by famous airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot Tigerair, and AirAsia. You can fly from Changi to Hanoi, Pleiku, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh city, and vice versa. It will take about 5 hours and cost $40 – $110.
Fly between Singapore and Vietnam
Refer to the following sites to book a flight from Singapore to Vietnam (and vice versa):
Motorbikes and cars are the most popular modes of transportation in Vietnam. However, a motorbike seems inconvenient if you go with your family or in groups. In addition, self-driving in Vietnam is not an easy task, especially for those arriving in this country for the first time. Due to the long distance between golf courses, you are highly recommended to rent a car with a driver when playing golf in Vietnam. This way, you can fully enjoy your trip without worrying about the route, traffic jams, or unexpected events on the road. Just let the driver know where you want to go, and he will take you there safely.
Car rental service in Vietnam
Wonder what types of cars you can hire? Here, there is a wide range for you to choose, from luxurious branches such as Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, and Lexus GX-460 to casual ones like Toyota Prado, Toyota Fortuner, and Deluxe van Ford Transit. These are favorite brandnames of Singaporean golfers in Vietnam thanks to the affluence, elegance, and performance. They provide enough space for one to two golfers with club bags and luggages. The Deluxe van Ford Transit can serve up to six people.
Friendly and experienced driver is a bonus point for this private car rental service. You will be taken care of by a local driver who has good route knowledge, punctuation, and experience in dealing with unexpected events on roads. With the aim of creating golfers comfort and safe travels between golf courses, affectionate and knowledgable driver is always our priority when setting up your trip.
Vietnam offers a wide range of tourist accommodations, from affordable homestays and guest houses to high-end resorts and hotels with state-of-the-art facilities. It was estimated to have nearly 500 5-star accommodation establishments throughout the country in 2019.
More and more famous brandes are investing in Vietnam with all-inclusive resort complexes, such as FLC Ha Long Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort, Hoiana Resort & Golf, Laguna Golf Lang Co, Montgomerie Links Da Nang, etc. These golf and resort complexes are the best places to stay and play golf in Vietnam, especially if you go with your family or a friend who does not golf.
Thanks to the diversity of international-standardized golf courses and luxurious additional services, more and more Singaporean golfers choose Vietnam for a golf escape. Not only enjoy thrilling golf rounds, but visitors will also experience fantastic things away from the course.
This S-shape country is rich in culture and nature, offering tourists unlimited things to discover. A golf round alternating sightseeing days, playing golf while adorning the magnificence of Ha Long Bay, conquering a golf course with nine out 18 holes facing the sea, etc. It seems to be dreamlike, but everything will come true when you choose a golf holiday in Vietnam.
Vietnam golf & sightseeing tour
Refer to the following Vietnam golf tours if you are planning a holiday in this country:
With all this necessary information, we hope this article will help you plan a wonderful trip from Singapore to Vietnam for golf. Contact us if you need help or consultation for perfect Vietnam golf tours.