In this page:
Entry Requirements |
Organizing Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Different Forms of Tourism
- 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...
Festivals and Ceremonies
Vietnam Traditional Clothes
Vietnam Traditional music and Traditional instruments
National Parks and Natural Reserves (Cuc Phuong, Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Yok Don...)
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...
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
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
- Outdoor Activities
Picnics, mountain climbing, boating, visiting fruit farms...
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.
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.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Hanoi (GMT+7)
- Summer Time Period
Map of the 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
- 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.
Beverage, beer, water, alcohol, fruit juice.
- Dietary Restrictions
There are no culinary restrictions in Vietnam.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- 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.
- Official Language
- 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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Last Updates: October 2014