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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam Guide
Diplomatic Representations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Motorbikes, bicycles, cars and then buses.
Maps of Urban Networks
Vietnam Department of Survey and Mapping
Google Map

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Hanoi - Noibai (HAN) 22 km / 14 miles USD 10 / 40-50 min USD 3 / 40 min - -
Haiphong - Cat Bi (HPH) 6 km / 4 miles USD 4 / 20 min - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Mainly in motorbikes, cars and coaches. Then train, boat and plane.
Rail Companies
Vietnam Railways

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Vietnam Airlines National Yes Yes
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Low cost Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
There are good taxi networks in big cities. Taxis are affordable and the best way to travel. 1USD for the first 1,5km. There is also a good network of buses. Taxi drivers in big cities can speak English, Chinese.
Road Maps
Vietnam Department of Survey and Mapping
Find an Itinerary
Vietnam Department of Survey and Mapping

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
- In the North: temples and pagodas, old towns...
- In the Centre: Hue imperial palace/ tombs, Panguranda, Pagodas, Old Towns ...
- In the South: palaces, museums, theatres, churches, Cu Chi Tunnel, markets...
Cultural
Festivals and Ceremonies

Vietnam Traditional Clothes

Vietnam Traditional music and Traditional instruments

Vietnam Religions

Vietnam Arts

Nature
National Parks and Natural Reserves (Cuc Phuong, Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Yok Don...)
Religious
Pagodas where Buddhists ceremonies are conducted. There are three important Buddhist festivals following lunar calendar, in mid January, mid April and mid July.

Churches: The most important festival in the year is Christmas.

Temples: There are temples of other religions as Hoa Hao, Khome...

Thermal
Water Parks in the big cities:

Dam Sen Water Park

Suoi Tien Water Park  (in Hochiminh City)

Ho Tay Water Park  (in Ha Noi city).

Beaches in the whole country

Beach
The beaches of Vietnam stretch out from the North to the South. Tourists can bathe, taste sea foods, take a boat or canoe to get to islands.
Winter Sports
No
Outdoor Activities
Picnics, mountain climbing, boating, visiting fruit farms...
Shopping
The most popular items for foreign travellers are:
- Carved wooden furniture, fine lacquerware (these can be shipped home on request).
- Ao dai, Traditional Vietnamese hand-made silk dresses, kimonos, embroideries...
- Antiques, fine ceramics, old watches or Zippo lighters...
- XQ hand embroidery Painting, Copies of famous paintings.

They are sold in most touristic destinations.

Tourism Organizations
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Vaccination for children is free and mandatory in Vietnam. For visitors, vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. However, pasteurized milk is widely available now.  Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
International Hospitals
Family Medical Practice, FV Hospital
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Health
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Government Website - Department of Safety and Security.
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 113
Fire 114
Ambulance 115
Telephone 116
Consulting 1080
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Hanoi (GMT+7)
Summer Time Period
No
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Vietnam has a Tropical climate. There are 4 seasons in the north  (spring, summer, autumn and winter) but only two in the south (rainy and dry season). In the north, temperatures range from 5°C in December and January, to more than 37°C in April. They average 27 to 28° in the South from January to December.
For Further Information
National Center of Meteorology and Hydrology
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Main dishes are based on pork, chicken, beef, fish and other sea food. The most known dishes are Nem, Pho and Banh cuon. For dessert, there are amongst many other dishes, lots of different sweet soups.
Drinks
Beverage, beer, water, alcohol, fruit juice.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no culinary restrictions in Vietnam.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Vietnamese Dong
ISO Code
VND
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Local currency can be withdrawn at ATM, in banks and in the major commercial centres.
Possible Means of Payment
Most of the credit card, Master card, Visa, American Express are usually used, but cash is the most important means of payment.

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Speaking

Official Language
Vietnamese
Other Languages Spoken
French and Chinese are also spoken.
Business Language
Vietnamese, then English and Chinese. French, Japanese and Korean are also spoken.
Getting Some Knowledge
For more information on Vietnamese language go to this link.
Free Translation Tools
vdict.com : English-Vietnamese-English Dictionary
Web Dictionaries : English-Vietnamese-English Dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Saigontouris
Viettravel
Vietnamtourguides

Clicktovietnam
Vietnamhotel
Vietnam General Company of Travel Service
Vietnam Guide
To Find an Apartment
Hoang Quan Real Estate Company
Vietnam Real Estate Listing
ACB Real Estate

Online Advertisement
Online Advertisement
To Find a Job
Vietnam Works
Vietnam Careers

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