Travel Tips

What to know

What to know

CurrencyThe currency of Vietnam is the Dong. All goods and services can and should be paid for in Dong. Exceptions are made in hotels and when buying international air tickets. Shops and restaurants in the bigger cities will also accept US dollars, but you should be aware of the fact…
What to bring

What to bring

1. Carry-on bag. One piece of luggage with all your essentials. Keep your “airplane survival supplies” in it. With your family that includes some “real food” for the flight, such as instant cup of noodles, in addition to snack foods. A couple of sets of change clothes for kids. Lip…
Transportation

Transportation

FlightsIf you intend to visit only a few cities in Vietnam, flying is the most convenient way to travel. Vietnam Airlines flies to places like Phu Quoc Island and Rach Gia that are difficult to reach by other means. The major problem with flying is reserving a seat. It is…
Festival and Public Holidays

Festival and Public Holidays

Festivals have long been considered the traditional cultural activity of the Vietnamese people. They are attractive to all social classes and have become a necessary part of people’s lives for many centuries. Festivals are the crystallization of cultural, spiritual, and physical activities that have been chosen, maintained, and improved over…
Emergencies and Hospitals

Emergencies and Hospitals

Emergencies numbers Police: 113 Fire Brigade: 114 First Aid: 115     First hospital contacts for emergencies   Hanoi   1. International SOS: 24 hour alarm center & medical emergency teams     Add: 31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi     Tel: 39340555  Fax: 39340556   2. Vietnam International Hospital: 24 hour…
Visa

Visa

Visas for these three Indochina countries – Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia are required, however, they are more liberalised as below. Please make sure that you have your passport and that your passport is still valid for six months and contains two white pages before applying for any visas.   Vietnam…
Air access

Air access

This is the most convenient way to enter Vietnam. Formalities at Vietnam’s international airports are generally smoother than at land borders, as volume of traffic is greater. Network of Airports in Vietnam • For both International and Domestic flights: Noi Bai (35km northwest of Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (in Ho…
Airport taxes

Airport taxes

Vietnam airport taxes Applied for both domestic and international departures.   With international flights Passengers have to pay US$14 per person for leaving Vietnam at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) or Danang airport (Danang), US$12 per person for leaving Vietnam at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City).   With…
Business hours

Business hours

Business hours in Vietnam (GMT +7)   A normal working day in Vietnam starts from  7am to 8.30am and finish between  4pm to 6pm, from Monday to Friday and until noon on Saturday, leave the afternoon (most) and Sunday off.   Lunch is taken very seriously and virtually.  Everything shuts…
Climate of Vietnam

Climate of Vietnam

The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and subtropics, local condition varies from frosty winters in the far northern hill to year-round, subequatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta.     Vietnam’s weather is indicated by  two monsoons. The  winter…
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