VIETNAM-


Vietnam is located in Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, alongside China, Laos, and Cambodia.The terrain of Vietnam has a low, flat delta in south and north; central highlands; hilly, mountainous in far north and northwest.


Climate: Being a predominantly sub-tropical country, tourism is possible year round, and there is no 'best' time to visit Vietnam as it straddles several climactic zones. But if we were to commit to a period, we would say DEC-MAR is overall the best time, and also the busiest tourist season. In the north, it can get grey and misty during Winter (December to February), though it is usually dry with 10-15C
temperatures prevailing. The months of seasonal transition are March-April and October-November with temperatures from 15-20c. The Summer months (May-September) can get hot and "sticky" especially during June, July & August. The south generally enjoys sub-tropical warmth all year round with temperatures between 25-30, even 35c during March- May. The wet season lasts from May to October, with sporadic cloudbursts and thunderstorms, the dry season is from December to April. Even in the rainy season, rainfall is generally heavy
but brief, rather than a 24 hour deluge. The Rainy season cans affect travel in the Central Highlands between Sep-Jan, paths in villages where you walk become muddy and pot holes on roads deeper, and even impassable.

Note: In all, Vietnam climate is so diverse that there is almost no definition of an average temperature for the whole country. Thanks to these regional variations in weather, generally, you can drop in Vietnam at any time of year. Commonly, based on the duration of your stay, you should plan to catch the good weather and places by either dropping in Saigon in February or March then following the coast to north or hitting Hanoi in October-November then tracing southward. The choice is entirely yours.

Whichever way you choose, however, it is important to keep your luggage as light and loose as possible. Vietnam is not subject to extreme weather, thus loading up with clothes is never necessary. And a final word, stay with us for up-to-minute information on Vietnam’s weather and tourism hot news.

Official language(s) : Vietnamese

 

Information You should know !

MONEY

Small denominations include VND 200; 500; 1000; 2000; 5000 in both coin and paper notes though coin is more popular. Bigger denominations include VND 10,000; 20,000; 50,000; 100,000; 200,000; 500,000 in both polymer and normal paper notes.

Note: Vietnam uses colon “,” as decimal symbol and “.” in digit grouping (opposite to the US standards).
Cheques issued in Vietnam include VND 500,000 and 1000,000 - mostly used for commercial transaction in the South.

ATM

It is strongly recommended that you do not equip yourself with lots of cash, neither dollar nor dong. In Vietnam now, it is much easier for you to access your money almost everywhere and any time in Hanoi, Saigon or other major cities through an extensive ATM network. It is, therefore, important to check whether your credit card company has any ATM access in Vietnam in advance.


CLOTHING

You will not need formal or "dressy" clothes at any time during your Vietnam tour. Jeans, slacks, skirts and
shorts (nothing too racy!) with a shirt/blouse or T-shirt are fine for the daytime. In the evening you may wish to
get into something smart casual. Suits, ties, excessive jewellery, furs and the like are definitely out of place and
could even make you, and your Vietnamese hosts, feel uncomfortable! Take along a light pullover in case of
chilly evenings, a lightweight windcheater would also be useful in case of rain. Footwear is strictly forbidden to
be worn inside temples, pagodas and monasteries, wear shoes that are easily removed.

COMMUNICATION

Landline numbers in Hanoi and HCMC have a sequence of eight numbers, others have seven.
Vietnam international code: +84
Hanoi area code : (04)
Ho Chi Minh area code : (08)

ELECTRICITY

The electric current in Vietnam is a mixture of 110 and 220 volts at 50 cycles, with either 2 flat pins or roundprong style. Much of the wiring in Vietnam is improvised, and it is not unheard of to find "exposed" wires in some
of the cheaper grade hotels - be sure to be careful (ie Always use dry hands). You may experience black-outs
outside of the main cities, and it may be a good idea to take along a small torch.

INTERESTING PLACES

icon.gif (941 bytes) Ha Long Bay

icon.gif (941 bytes) The Huong Pagoda 

icon.gif (941 bytes) Ancient Royal City of Hue

icon.gif (941 bytes) Nha Trang

icon.gif (941 bytes) Saigon( Ho Chi Minh City)

icon.gif (941 bytes) Vung Tau




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Pictures of Vietnam

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My Pictures in Ho Chi Minh