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Vietnam Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Vietnamese dong (₫)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = ₫25469.5
💬Language Vietnamese
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Hanoi
👥Population 97.3 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, C, G
🕑Time Indochina Time (UTC+07:00)
🍽️Must-Try Pho, Banh mi, Bun cha, Goi cuon, Cha ca

Backpacker Budget: US$14 ( 356,573)

Hostel Dorm US$5 ( 127,348)
Takeaway Meal US$1 ( 25,470)
Public transport US$1 ( 25,470)
Long-distance bus US$10 ( 254,695)
Entrance Fee US$3 ( 76,409)
Beer US$1.75 ( 44,572)

When to go?

January - March Low season, cool and dry weather
April - June High season, hot weather
July - September Low season, rainy season
October - December High season, cool and dry weather

What's unique?

Welcome to Vietnam, a country that will take you on a breathtaking journey through its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the ancient town of Hoi An and the majestic beauty of Halong Bay, Vietnam offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler.

One of the highlights of Vietnam is its diverse cuisine. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with delicious street food like Pho, Banh Mi, and fresh spring rolls. Indulge in aromatic flavors and exotic spices that will leave you craving for more.

Venture into the countryside, where lush rice paddies stretch as far as the eye can see. Explore traditional villages nestled amidst towering mountains and emerald green valleys. Immerse yourself in local life as you interact with friendly villagers who are always eager to share their stories and traditions.

For history buffs, Vietnam offers a fascinating glimpse into its past through its ancient temples, pagodas, and imperial citadels. Discover the remnants of French colonial architecture in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, Vietnam has it all. Trek through breathtaking landscapes in Sapa or relax on pristine white sandy beaches in Nha Trang or Phu Quoc Island.

With warm hospitality and countless wonders waiting to be explored, Vietnam promises an unforgettable journey that will captivate your heart.

Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne Beach

Exploring Vietnam
(4 weeks)

  1. 1
    Hanoi

    Explore the bustling capital city, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, and wander through the Old Quarter. If you have more time and the weather is good, consider exploring Sapa or the Ha Giang loop.

  2. 2
    Ha Long Bay

    Take a cruise in the stunning limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay and explore the caves.

  3. 3
    Ninh Binh

    Visit the ancient temples of Hoa Lu, take a boat ride through the scenic Tam Coc, and explore the caves of Trang An.

  4. 4
    Hue

    Experience the imperial city of Hue, explore the ancient citadel, and visit the royal tombs.

  5. 5
    Hai Van Pass

    Drive a motorbike across the scenic Hai Van Pass, enjoy panoramic views of the coastline. One-way rentals are possible from Hue, even with luggage transport.

  6. 6
    Hoi An

    Admire the well-preserved ancient town of Hoi An, take a lantern-making class, and enjoy the local cuisine.

  7. 7
    Dalat

    Escape to the cool mountain town of Dalat, visit the flower farms, and hike in the surrounding hills.

  8. 8
    Mui Ne

    Relax on the sandy beaches and sand dunes of Mui Ne, try sandboarding, and visit the Fairy Stream.

  9. 9
    An Binh

    Skip busy Ho Chi Minh City and head directly to Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta, from where you take the ferry to this peaceful island in the Mekong Delta region. Relax in a hammock, bike through the fruit orchards, and take a boat tour.

  10. 10
    Can Tho

    Experience the vibrant floating markets of Can Tho, visit the rice paddies, and take a boat trip along the canals.

Lanterns in Hoi An
Lanterns in Hoi An

Fun Fact

Vietnam is the world's largest exporter of cashew nuts and black pepper.

FAQ

Is Vietnam safe for tourists?

Vietnam is generally a safe country for tourists. Traffic can be overwhelming and road safety is an issue. Avoid motorbiking in large cities and always wear a helmet.

What are the top tourist destinations in Vietnam?

Some of the top tourist destinations in Vietnam include Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay, Hoi An, and Sapa.

What are some essential phrases in Vietnamese?

Some essential phrases in Vietnamese include: - Xin chào (Hello) - Cảm ơn (Thank you) - Xin lỗi (Sorry) - Tạm biệt (Goodbye) - Bao nhiêu tiền? (How much does it cost?)

What's the best way to get around in Vietnam?

The best way to get around in Vietnam is by using a combination of public transportation (such as buses and trains) and taxis. Motorbike rentals are also popular for shorter trips.

Are there ATMs without a fee in Vietnam?

TP Bank, Eximbank, Military Bank, ACB ATMs charge no fee for cash withdrawals.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge fees, but you can find fee-free ATMs
  • Free ATMs TP Bank, Eximbank, Military Bank, ACB
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) VIB
  • Do greet people with a smile and a nod.
  • Do remove your shoes before entering someone's home or a temple.
  • Do eat with chopsticks and the proper etiquette.
  • Do dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Do bargain when shopping at local markets.
  • Don't point at someone with your finger, use an open hand instead.
  • Don't cross your legs or show the bottom of your feet towards someone.
  • Don't raise your voice or show anger in public.
  • Don't display affection in public, as it is considered inappropriate.
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