Vietnam

DISCOVER VIETNAM

Vietnam is a country most people have heard of but, until recently, few have had the opportunity to visit. It was not until the early 1990s that the first intrepid travellers started to arrive. Things have come a long way in the past decade and visitors from all over the world are now discovering what a hidden gem of a country Vietnam is. Brilliant green rice fields, bustling city streets, thatched bamboo huts, grand colonial buildings, exotic temples and pagodas, deserted sandy beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery, conical straw hats, colourful ethnic minorities, graceful women in ao dai tunics, delicious cuisine, luxurious hotels and resorts and much, much more, it’s all here in Vietnam.

 

The country can be conveniently divided into three distinct regions, the south, the centre and the north, corresponding to the three administrative regions of Cochinchina, Annam and Tonkin under French colonial rule. The north of the country was the first to be settled and is characterised by the rich farming lands of the Red River Delta. The centre contains the Truong Son Mountain Range running along the border with Laos in the west and the narrow coastal strip bordering the Eastern Sea in the east. In the south, the Mekong Delta is the country’s most fertile region and Vietnam’s major rice and fruit producing area. The two great metropolises of the country are the elegant capital city Hanoi and the dynamic, economic powerhouse Ho Chi Minh City. Since 1993 UNESCO has declared five World Heritage Sites in Vietnam, four in central Vietnam and one in the north.

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  • Phu Quoc Island

  •   This peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minu
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  • Hanoi

  • HANOI, capital of Vietnam is a city full of charm, with remarkable colonial architecture, large shady avenues and numerous lakes and gardens. The old
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  • Sapa

  • Sapa lies in a valley close to the Chinese border, in an area of outstanding beauty, and is home to a number of hill tribes. It is reached by overnigh
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  • Halong Bay

  • A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, magnificent Halong Bay lies 160km to the east of Hanoi. Ove
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  • Hue

  • Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centres of Vietnam. Hue became the nation’s cap
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  • Da Nang

  • An important port of Vietnam (800,000 inhabitants), Da Nang is an active and dynamic city. This city has a Cham Sculpture Museum with a unique collect
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  • Hoi An

  • The charming and well-preserved city of Hoi An offers a blend of Western and Asian architecture from the prosperous era of this former commercial seap
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  • Nha Trang

  • Beach Life - this pretty much sums up the exciting yet charming resort town of Nha Trang, which lies on the coast about eight hours drive or one hours
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  • Phan Thiet

  • Just three hours from Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet and its beach at Mui Ne offer a great break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The town it
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  • Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is Vietnam’s largest city and is the powerhouse driving the country’s rapid economic development. Being the cent
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  • Haiphong

  • Haiphong is a large city with an important seaport of Vietnam. Haiphong is near Quang Ninh Province to the north, Hai Duong Province to the west, and
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Fact File

CapitalHanoi

LanguageVietnamese, Russian, French, Chinese, English

ClimateThe south has two seasons: the wet (May to November, wettest from June to August) and the dry (December to April). The hottest and most humid time is from the end of February to May. The central coast is dry from May to October and wet from December to February. The highland areas are significantly cooler than the lowlands, and temperatures can get down to freezing in winter. The north has two seasons: cool, damp winters (November to April) and hot summers (May to October). There is the possibility of typhoons between July and November, affecting the north and central areas

CurrencyDong (VND)

VisaAll visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors. All visitors must obtain visa aproval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued

HealthVisitors should be innoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within six days of visiting infected areas. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions especially if travelling off the beaten track. Medical facilities can be limited and it is essential to take out a comprehensive medical insurance policy before travelling

PassportsPassports MUST be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Vietnam

Time ZoneGMT +7 hours