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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam Guide
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For Further Information
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Organising Your Trip

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Hanoi - Noibai (HAN) 22 km / 14 miles USD 10 / 40-50 min USD 3 / 40 min - -
Haiphong - Cat Bi (HPH) 6 km / 4 miles USD 4 / 20 min - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Vietnam Railways

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Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Vietnam Airlines National Yes Yes
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Low cost Yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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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

Vietnam Religions

Vietnam Arts

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 the 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 Ho Chi Minh 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, or 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

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Living Conditions

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 sterilised. Unpasteurised milk should be boiled. However, pasteurised 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 should be 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.

Emergency Numbers

Police 113
Fire 114
Ambulance 115
Telephone 116
Consulting 1080

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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

Time zone

Type of Climate
Vietnam has a tropical climate. There are four seasons in the north  (spring, summer, autumn and winter) but only two seasons in the south (designated as rainy and dry season). In the north, temperatures range from 5°C in December, to more than 37°C in April. They average temperature in the south throughout the year is 28°C.
Hotel reservation websites
National Center of Meteorology and Hydrology

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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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 a variety of sweet soups, among many other dishes.
Beer, water, alcohol, fruit juice.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no known culinary restrictions in Vietnam.

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Domestic Currency
Vietnamese Dong
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 major credit cards: Master card, Visa, American Express can be used, but cash is the most important means of payment.

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
Business Language
Vietnamese and English. Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, French and Russian are used at times.

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Useful Resources

To Find a Job

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