Viet Nam was recently voted one of the safest destinations in the world. Women and independent travelers have found it. There are some international clinics and hospitals open to foreign tourists for medical consultations and treatments in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city.
Customs procedures and Transportations
Customs procedures in Vietnam are quick and simple. To enter and exit Vietnam, visitors are required to fulfill the entrance and exit procedures. Particularly, to enter Viet Nam you need: - a passport valid up to 6 months beyond your travel day - a Viet Nam visa - 2 recent photos. - A fee of visa US$25 paid directly to Viet Nam embassy or consulate nearest you, or to customs officer when you get visa upon arrival in Vietnam airport. Getting there and away Inter national airports: there are three international airports in Viet Nam: Noi Bai (Ha Noi – tel: 84-4 8 866 527), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City – tel: 84-8 8 485 383 / 8 320 320) and Da Nang ( - tel: 84-511 830 339). If you have not arranged a representative to meet you at the air port, here is what you should do: In Sai Gon: Tan Son Nhat airport is about 7km northwest of the city center. The best way to get in to the city is to take a taxi. Picked a metered taxi outside the terminal and the journey should cost from US$7 to US$10. In Ha Noi: Ha Noi’s Noi Bai airport is 35km far from of the city. A taxi into the city center is usually set around US$10. Over Land Routed to Viet Nam: it is now possible to enter Viet Nam overland from either Cambodia, Laos, or China. Getting Around Visitors can travel to various provinces, cities and town by the Chao Vietnam Tourist Company representative, to get a car, taxi, motorbike and cyclo for sightseeing. Cyclo, a three-wheeled vehicle, is perfect for those who wish to move slowly and enjoy a city tour. Leaving Viet Nam From Viet Nam, tourists can travel to other Asian countries. Obtaining visas to these countries is also quick and convenient by contact us – Chao Vietnam Tourist Company. Boat: there are some boats linking Asian countries with Ha Long and Da Nang ports.
Throughout the year, it is advisable to wear summer clothing: thin clothes in light colors. The temperature during winter months in Hanoi and the rainy season in the central region can be cool; a sweater or light jacket can be handy. Good walking shoes and sandals that can be easily removed are recommended, especially when entering temples and people’s homes.
Food and Drink
A typical Vietnamese meal consists of rice or noodles with soup, stir-fry, and another main dish and is eaten on a communal basis. Every member in a Vietnamese family has to take a frugal meal together in happiness. In general, a typical meal will include the following ingredients: Rice: The unhusked paddy of an ordinary variety of rice is put a pot containing boiling water. It is heated until all the water has evaporated and then the temperature of the fire is lowered and then the temperature of the fire is lowered and the pot lid remains hermetically sealed to the pot until it is time for consumption. Well-cooked rice is palatable, somewhat plastic (we say that the rice is done exactly to a turn), and has the flavor of the unhusked paddy. Soups: Vegetable soup cooked with pig-ribs, soar crab soup, fish soup. Several dishes: Meat, fish, shrimp, soy curd, and various vegetable browned in oil, pickled vegetable, pickled eggplant, etc. The tradition Vietnamese breakfast is “Pho” – a large bowl of rice noodles flavored with sliced beef or chicken and fragrant broth and garnished with fresh coriander and bean sprouts. The countries 3 main regions, the North, the Center and the South each have distinct cuisine. Generally, the North is best know for its noodles soup and meat and seafood stir-fries. The Central region especially around Hue has some of the most elaborate dishes. In the South, where there is a greater abundance of spices the food tends to be a little hotter. Fruits: Grapefruit ( Buoi ), Rambutan ( chom chom ), pineapple (Dua ), Custard-apple (Na), Longan (Nhan), Durian ( Sau Rieng )… Drinks: inclused tea, Ricealcohol and other Spirits, especially “Ruu Can”-a famous drinks in the highland areas.
Public holiday and special events
The most important and widely celebrated public holiday of the year is Tet –Lunar New year. This public holiday usually takes place in late January or early February and lasts officially four days. There is no more colorful time to be in Viet Nam than during the days leading up to “Tet Nguyen Dan”, the most important festival of the year for Viet Nam’s Kinh ethnic majority. Other important public holidays such as: The Liberation of Sai Gon (April 30), International worker’s Day (May 1), Ho Chi Minh’s birthday (May 19 ), and Vietnamese National Day ( September 2).
Viet Nam is the official language of Viet Nam. In addition, learning foreign languages, particularly English, is now in vogue among young people in Ha Noi – capital of Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and other cities. However, do not worry about language, because tour guides speaking English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are available.
Population and people
Viet Nam population was born through a mix of two major ancient cultures: the Chinese and the Indian. Thus a peculiar trait of Viet Nam’s culture was formed. As far as anthropology is concerned, the Vietnamese people have their origins in the Mongoloid race, believed to be one of the most ancient races and often found in northern and eastern Asia. There are 54 different ethnic groups inhabiting Viet Nam, in which Kinh people or Viet make up more than 80% of the whole population, and over 10% represents for 53 other ethnic groups, such as: Viet – Muong, Tay – Thai, Mon – Khmer, Mong – Dao, Kadai, Nam Dao, Han, Tang ...
Viet Nam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It accounts for the varied climate in the country. Viet Nam is a year round destination, when one part of Viet Nam is cloudy and rainy, there are other parts of the country that can be sunny and warm. The South (from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet ). The south is hot year round and has two seasons: rainy-season and sunny-season. The rain season lasts from May to October and you can expect daily downpours. But it usually brief and easy to predict. The sunny-season from November to April is generally sunny and humid. The Central ( from Nha Trang to Hue). For most of the year Nha Trang is bathed in beautiful sunshine but between November and December this place has heavy rain. Da lat – the highland city is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. The North (from Ha Noi to Sapa). Summer in the north lasts from May to October. The weather is cooler in the winter from December to March. February and March can be damp with drizzle. Annual average temperature for the whole country ranges from 22 to 27oC. The average temperature in the north is 23oC ( Ha Noi), 26oC in the south (Ho Chi Minh city), and 25oC in the central (Hue).
Spreading along the eastern part of the Indochinese Peninsula, Viet Nam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. With the coastline of 3,260 km, white sandy beaches, tranquil bays and vivid coral reefs, Viet Nam country is a pride of all Vietnamese people. Moreover, Viet Nam is not only have The legendary world of Ha Long Bay, but also the colorful charm of Central Highlands and the crises-cross waterway of the Mekong Delta… The country’s total length from north to south is 1,650 km. Viet Nam also shares land borders 3,700 km with Laos and Cambodia to the west, China to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. Specially, with a tropical monsoon climate, all parts of the country are mostly warm during seasons in the year, which is ideal for those who love sunny weather.
Official name : Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Area : 331,212 square kilometres Capital city : Ha Noi Population : 85,846,997 Major cities : Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Ha Long, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Can Tho. Local time : GMT +7 hours Currency : dong (VND), USD 1 ~ VND 21,000)