Time now to explore Vietnam , great and cheap destination in Asia ! Before you fly to this great country for your vacation, please read these lines below, that can be useful for you to prepare everything : luggages, passeport and visa, money, how to …
Geography: Washed by the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin and the South China Sea in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has an area of 329 560km². Vietnam is a country unique in its shape reminiscent of the letter S. It is a territory while length that extends over 1650 km from north to south and over a much shorter distance in width.
Climate: 1600 km separating North from South inevitably generate variations in climate between regions. There is no good or bad time to visit Vietnam. If it’s nice and warm in an area, it can get bitterly cold with heavy rainfall in another. This great diversity of climates in the country is due to the extent of its latitudes and by the variety of its terrain and its altitudes. Vietnam is in a region of tropical and subtropical climate with monsoon lot of sunshine, abundant rainfall volume and high humidity. Some places near the Tropic of Cancer and upland regions have a temperate climate. The average annual temperatures of 22 ° C A27 are very conducive to tourism even though the average temperature varies from one region to another: 23 ° C in Hanoi, 26 ° C in Ho Chi Minh City, 25 ° C in Hue , and20 ° C to Sapa. Vietnam has two distinct seasons, the dry and cold season (November to April) and hot, rainy season (May to October, rainfall is heavily concentrated in the months of July and August). Temperature changes are more pronounced in the northern provinces; the temperature difference reaches Up to 12 ° C while in the southern provinces, the difference is only environ3 ° C. However, these two seasons show signs of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, especially in the North.
Population / Language: Over 83 million people are registered in Vietnam, a large majority Kinh (Viet). The rest of the population consists of 54 ethnic minority groups: Cham, Khmer and also Dao, Hoa (Chinese), Muong, Thai, etc. The official language is Vietnamese, inspired by the Khmer, Chinese and Thai. However, you can hear other languages, including Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Khmer (Cambodian language), Laotian and Western languages, evidence of the colonial past. French, Russian and English are the three main course.
Currency: The currency is the dong (VND). There are no coins, only notes which varies from 200 to 100,000 VND. Credit cards are accepted in most places but a fee is charged for each transaction in the shops and sights. Travellers checks are changed only in authorized banks.
Religion: The Vietnamese are 70% Buddhist. Other religions practiced are Confucianism, Taoism, Cao Dai, Catholicism, Islam (in Cham and Malays) or Hinduism. Ancestor worship plays a vital role for most of them. All live according to the lunar calendar.
Safety: There are no particular problems to report. You just follow the rules of prudence obvious (do not leave your things unattended, be aware of pickpockets in crowded places …).
Gourmet-Food-Beverages: Vietnamese cuisine is probably best known in Europe as one of best Asian cuisines. The staple food is the rice that can be declined in many forms. For the main course, it goes well with fish, shrimp, seafood fritters and meat stew which are added spicy vegetables. Other local specialties include spring rolls, nuoc nam (fish sauce), roots and pungent herbs, not to mention the sweet desserts.
Handcrafts – Purchasing: The Vietnamese handicrafts are not only quality but it is offered at affordable prices. In Hanoi, there are silk paintings and prints. In Saigon, lacquered boxes, bracelets carved tortoiseshell, Buddhas carved into the horn. A Hue conical hats palm leaf. Around Danang, lightweight silk.
Know Before You Go to Vietnam
Passport and Visa: A passport valid for six months after arrival in the country. A visa is required to enter Vietnam. It is important to always keep with you (bring copies that you keep in a separate place for added security). The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the expiration date of your visa. Never store your passport in your luggage for check-in. Visa 30 days or three months may be issued by the Embassy. Allow 3-4 weeks lead time to get a tourist visa. Another way to get cheap vietnam visa on arrival , contact a local agency for arrpoval letter before your arrival, but attention only applied in case of air travel
International flights: Flight time with stopover is 15 hours for a Paris-Hanoi and 16 hours for a Paris-Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Most flights transiting Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore. We advise you to arrive three hours before departure time. Sharps (razors, knives, scissors, etc.) can not be taken into the cabin. New security rules do not permit to carry any kind of liquid in the cabin. If you must take medication during the flight, you must provide a supporting statement from your doctor.
Domestic Flights: Vietnam has three international airports and has good domestic routes. For recording on a domestic flight, it is necessary to present his passport. As for international flights, adult passengers are entitled to a hand luggage not exceeding 5 kg, 20 kg baggage.
Train: Several trains between China and Vietnam. Although older Vietnamese network is pretty reliable and allows you to drive across the country with some comfort.
Roads: The road network is good.
Money: Make sure you have sufficient means of payment (cash, traveler’s checks, credit card, etc.) to cover your living expenses. The amount of withdrawals by credit card is limited to a certain amount per week. Check with your bank before departure. Visa, Mastercard, American Express … are widely accepted in all major cities and many tourist centers
Clothing: Generally it is advisable in all cases to take along a rain jacket, good shoes, a hat or cap, etc. Take enough warm clothes for the North (Sapa is 1600 m above sea level).
Sheets and blankets: they are provided in all the hotels and in the sleeper trains.
Toilet outside major cities, some products are hard to find (shaving cream, razor blades, deodorant …).
Travel medical kit: as with all travel, we advise you to carry a small first aid kit including drugs against stomach ache, disinfectant for injury, bandages, aspirin, scissors , a product against mosquitoes, etc.
Luggages: Take preferably less bulky luggage with wheels if possible, because you’ll often have to move from city to city depending on your circuit. A backpack is also advisable because sometimes the luggage should be left to set one or two days depending on the regions visited.
Customs: when entering Vietnam, a fillable form will be provided. It will complete and maintain for the duration of the trip as it will be required upon exit. It is of course illegal to have in his luggage counterfeit and protected antiquities. Want some infos about this country, read on here More useful infos for Vietnam travel