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Basic Facts

Vietnam Travel
Vietnam Travel
English Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam, simplified as Vietnam
Vietnamese Name: Cộng hòa Xã hội Chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
Location: East of Indochina Peninsula, border on China, Laos and Cambodia
Area: about 331,210 km² (127,881 sq.mi.)
Population: 95,130,000
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Dong (VND)
Time Zone: UTC+7
Capital: Hanoi
Administrative Division: 58 provinces and 5 municipalities
Major Nationality: Kinh

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As the country is long from south to north, the landscape and folk customs are different among areas. With the coastline of over 2,025 miles long, you can enjoy beautiful sea beaches. The rock formations and stalactites in Ha Long Bay, and historical sites in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An will give you a good view. Besides, you can not only go to Mekong River Floating Markets to look around local antiques and crafts, but also admire the Water Puppet Show, a unique form of art of Vietnam. Vietnamese dishes like rice noodles and spring rolls are also worth to try.

★ Top Destinations and Attractions:

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Cao Tai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong River Cruise
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, 36 Pho Phuong

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Hue: Hue Royal Palace, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tomb of Tu Duc, Tomb of Minh Mang
Hue Royal Palace
Hue Royal Palace
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Other famous destinations: Ha Long Bay, Mui Ne, Hoi An Ancient Town, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Da Lat and Sapa.

Special entertainments: Water Puppet Show, mud bath, coconut candies and rice paper making.

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Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Vietnam is from November to the next April in dry season. The climate in Vietnam is tropical basically and can be divided into dry and rainy seasons. The average year-round temperature is about 75℉(24℃). In addition, the dry season can also be divided into cool season from November to the next February and hot season from March to April. Tourists should protect themselves from sunburn during hot season. Try to avoid the rainy season from May to October when it rains a lot and sometimes the typhoons happen.

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Vietnam transportation system is good in the whole. In terms of international transportation, there are flights from many countries all over the world, especially from the Southeast Asia, and buses from neighboring countries, as well as the train from China and the ship from Cambodia. Taking the plane or the train to and fro between cities of the country is convenient. Besides, open tour bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi has become popular among tourists. Motorbikes and cyclos are the two featured and common tools inside the city. Of course, the regular taxi and city bus will help you, too.

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Most tourists can have a visa of Vietnam with 30-day validity and 30-day stay period. For those from Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa, India, and Poland are likely to have a visa-free stay of 15 days. You can exchange VND in the major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The gathering areas of tourists have more exchanging places. If possible, you can buy a phone card with data from Viettel, Mobifone or Vinaphone firms. Power plugs in European style with a voltage of 220V/50Hz should also be taken into consideration. In addition, the water system of the country is not developed well, so you’d better not drink the tab water directly.

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Vietnam has a long history of 4,000 years, leaving its people many historical relics like Thien Mu Pagoda, Cu Chi Tunnels and Tomb of Tu Duc. Vietnam was once a part of ancient China, so it is influenced profoundly by Chinese culture. There are many Chinese-style buildings like the Temple of Literature, Hue Royal Palace. Besides, the country was colonized by French, leaving a lot of French-style buildings such as Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Geographical Features

Vietnam is narrow from east to west but long from south to north. The terrain is high in the west, while it is low in the east. Three quarters of the territory are mountains and plateaus. Besides, the country is close to South China Sea, having a coastline of over 2,025 miles. The diversity of landforms leads to the breathtaking view of mountains, rivers, and the beautiful beaches.
- Last updated on Mar. 23, 2023 by Kate Liu -
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