In this lesson, we are going to look at some common Vietnamese words and short phrases about travel to help you feel more prepared for your next trip!
The first word that you need to know is of course "to travel"
đi du lịch
to go traveling
So let's start from the moment when you have to book your flight tickets and hotel, preparing things for the trip, to doing things at the airport, going sightseeing and shopping!
Before you can actually travel, you will need to do a few things first. And one of those things would be to buy plane tickets!
where vé means “ticket”, and máy bay refers to “airplane”
You might also want to buy train or boat tickets to travel within the country and they are both called:
And of course, there are also different types of ticket that you choose, such as:
vé một chiều
vé hai chiều
vé vé khứ hồi
Let's say you want to buy two return boat/ferry tickets to Vũng Tàu, you can say:
After buying the tickets, it’s time to book your accommodations. Let's learn some words!
where đặt means “to book, and phòng means “room”.
đặt khách sạn
to book a hotel room
đặt trên Airbnb
to book a room on Airbnb
After booking your tickets and hotels, now we need to prepare some travel documents, such as your visa and passport.
In Vietnamese, the word "visa" is written the same as in English, but is pronounced as vi-za.
Similarly, the word "passport" in Vietnamese can be pronounced as pas-po. We also have the Vietnamese word for it, which is:
Another thing to prepare is your luggage. So luggage or baggage in Vietnamese is called:
If you have been a traveler, you would know that there are two types of baggage.
hành lý xách tay
hành lý ký gửi / hành lý ký gởi
Now that you have prepared everything, you’re ready for the trip! You would come to the airport and do your check-in.
So here are some useful words and phrases at the airport that you should know!
làm thủ tục check-in
literally means “to do check-in procedures”
cửa khởi hành
lên máy bay
get on the plane
xuống máy bay
get off the plane
Here are some example sentences that use the above words and phrases:
Chuyến bay đi thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
The flight to Ho Chi Minh city
Vui lòng ra cửa khởi hành
Please go (out) to the departure gate
Mình muốn ghế ngồi cửa sổ
I want a window seat
Mình đang ngồi ở phòng chờ
I'm sitting in the waiting room
Mười lăm phút nữa mình sẽ xuống máy bay
15 more minutes I will get off the plane
After a long flight, you finally arrived to Vietnamese airport. So let’s find a place to exchange some money into Việt Nam đồng.
where quầy means "counter", đổi means "to excahnge", and tiền means "money"
where đô means "dollar"
It has been a long day, let's get a cab back to your hotel.
The phrases "to get/catch a taxi" in Vietnamese is:
bắt taxi (taxi is pronounced as tắc-xi
to get/catch a taxi
bắt taxi tới khách sạn
to get/catch a taxi to the hotel
📕 If you need to learn or review Vietnamese numbers, money and learn how to bargain in Vietnamese, here is a free lesson on those topics that you can read.
After resting, you’re ready to do some sightseeing! In Vietnamese, it is called:
đi tham quan
to go sightseeing
địa điểm du lịch
Here are some places that you can explore around the city of Sài Gòn:
Dinh Độc Lập
Nhà hát Thành Phố
City Opera House
Nhà thờ Đức Bà
Notre Dame Cathedral
Bảo tàng Thành phố
Chợ Bến Thành
Ben Thanh market
When going to those tourist attractions, maybe you would want to buy some souvenir for your friends and family.
Here are some useful vocabulary words for your shopping:
quà lưu niệm
trả tiền / thanh toán
trả bằng tiền mặt
to pay with cash
trả bằng thẻ Visa/Master
to pay with Visa/Master card
Here is how you can ask the seller about the payment method:
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