Travel guide -tips topic
Before your travel
On your stay
People and Language
The population of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is more than 78.5 million
with an urban population consisting of about 19.7%. There are 54 ethic
minority groups living in Vietnam. The 'Kinh' people (or Viet)
account for nearly 90% of the population. Major ethic minority groups
include the Tay, Thai, Muong, H'Mong, Dzao and Khmer.
language is the main language. English, French and Russian can be heard in the major
Land & History
The land of Vietnam has an S
shape with a total surface area of 329,600 km2.
Vietnam has common borders in the North with China, to the East and Southeast with
Cambodia. The West of Vietnam faces the Eastern Sea (South China Sea).
Vietnam's coastline is more than 3,260 kms long. The land is very diverse with
mountains, highlands, deltas, rivers and forests. Hanoi is the capital and Ho
Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city.
Vietnam has a tropical climate, which is characterized by lots of sunshine, high
rainfall, humidity and two
distinguished seasons in general: the cold and dry one from November to
April and the other, hot and wet from May to October. Annual average temperatures
range from 22ºC to 27ºC. But the weather usually varies North and South,
as between land and mountains. More about Vietnam
The currency is Vietnamese Dong (VND). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the
banks, exchange bureaus or
hotel reception desks. Travelers' cheque and most of Credit cards are
accepted in the major cities. We are recommend that you bring some cash with
zone: GMT/UTC + 7 (the same zone as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia)
days: Monday through Friday.
Business hour: Mornings: 07h30 - 12h00;
Afternoons: 13h00 - 16h30.
Museums are usually closed on Monday but you can visit temples and pagodas
every day. Most restaurants and shops open from 08h00 till
01 January: New Year's Day
Late January to mid-February: Vietnamese Lunar New Year ( 04 days off ).
30 April: Re-unification Day and
01 May: International Workers' Day.
02 September: National Day
and mobile phone
Email & Internet:
E-mail and Internet services are available in most hotels and posts in Vietnam. In major cities, there are also a number of internet cafes available.
In Vietnam you will be able to use your mobile phone as long as it is
programmed for roaming internationally. You may also rent a mobile phone,
which may be easier, or buy a pre-paid phone card. (This service is
available at your hotel or at a Mobile Phone Service Center on the street.)
Entry visas for most nationalities are obtainable from a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Processing usually takes 4-10 working days. The validity of tourist visas is one month and is extendable. Please click here for details.
Arrival at Airport
The Taxi rates from airport to city vary depend on the distance from airport to center of city.
to city (km)
Chi Minh City - Tan Son Nhat Airport
Phu Bai airport
Airport tax and Customs declaration: click
Food and Drinks
There is a wide range of dishes in Vietnam, including the very popular nem (spring rolls) and
pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). They are eaten together with rice or noodles. Not all foods are spicy. Vegetarian foods, dietary dishes & western menus are also available at some restaurants. A rich variety of tropical fruits is on hand year round, however, it will vary depending upon the season.
Imported beers and alcohols are available in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are many Vietnamese brands or country wines made from rice. If you prefer to drink water, please use bottled mineral water, which has an unbroken seal. Do not ingest tap
water that has not been boiled.
Hospitals and Emergency phone numbers:
International SOS: 24 hour alarm center & medical emergency
Add: 31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Tel: 9340555 Fax: 9340556
International Hospital: 24 hour emergency clinic
Add: Phuong Mai road, Hanoi
Medex: 24 hour emergency (090401919)
Add: A1 Van Phuc, Suite 109-112, Kim Ma. Hanoi
Tel: 8430748 Fax: 8461750
Ho Chi Minh City:
International SOS: 24 hour emergency
Add: 65 Nguyen Du, Dist.1., Ho chi Minh city
Tel: 8298424, 8298520 Fax: 8298551.
Carpentier Foundation- IMC-Heart Institute: 24h emergency
Add: 520 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Dist.10, Ho chi Minh city
Colombia Asia Saigon:
24 hour emergency
Add: 8 Alexandere de Rhodes, Dist.1, Ho chi Minh city
Fire Brigade: 114
First Aid: 115
Hoi an town
Da nang-My Son
Ba Ria/Vung tau
Phan Thiet/Mui Ne
Dien Bien Phu
Cao Bang/Pac Bo
Nghe An/Nam Dan