Vietnam is a truly inspiring and challenging destination. Here you will have the opportunity to find a country that has maintained its traditional flavor and the romanticism of the past, but it has opened quickly to the whole world and to modernism. Vietnam is one of the countries most talked about as a travel destination.
Name: Vietnam (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia
Main towns: Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho, Bien Hoa, Nha Trang, Vinh, Hai Duong, Da Lat, Hue
Currency: dong – VND
Timezone: UTC+7 (VST)
Tipping: Generally, tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but is very much appreciated. Also, it is important to note that at most tourist attractions, people buy items through bargaining. When bargaining, be polite and never argue.
Always try to get the best price for what you want, but if you can’t, don’t get upset.
At hotels will all depend on the quality of service. If you receive good service, you should leave the housekeepers around 1-2 dollars per day. If a bellman carries your bag, tip him 1 dollar per bag.
In most restaurants in Vietnam, a 5-10% service charge is added to the bill. You could tip around 5-10% of the bill if the service charge is not added. If the service charge is added, you could always leave some change for your waiter/waitress. If you are in a bar, good way to do this is to round up your bill to the nearest dollar or leave a few dollars for him or her.
Tour guides do not get paid a lot and rely on tips to supplement their income. If you are going on a private tour, tip your tour guide around 3-5 dollars per day per traveller. Also, be sure to tip your driver as well. One to two dollars should be sufficient.
Voltage: 220 V / 50 Hz; A, B, C socket is used, you need adapters.
After the opening of tourism borders in 1989, the Flying Dragon’s Land, as Vietnam is called, has become famous in South East Asia in terms of excellent holidays. A trip to this fascinating country will be a great experience you will want to repeat. The fascinating image of Vietnam, with French and Chinese influences, with a unique kitchen in the world through freshness and diversity, will amaze you all the way.
The weather is mostly tropical and monsoonal. The forecast looks mainly like this: dry season from November to April; rainy season from May to October.
The second largest city in Vietnam, Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, has flourished as a city since 1010. The Hanoi architecture has developed mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the French-built area remained largely intact. The city preserves ancient temples and altars dedicated to national gods or heroes, who are said to have helped locals cultivate and protect fertile lands on the right bank of the Red River.
Before the Second World War, the capital of Vietnam was Hue, and its inhabitants behave as if they were to continue to be the capital. The city has a long history of great value. Unfortunately, tumultuous history has destroyed many important buildings such as the Forbidden Purple City. The Hue Monumental Complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993.
Covering a considerable area in south-western Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is an impressive biotope through the over 10,000 species of flora and fauna it contains. The area is dominated by rice and palm groves and lush vegetation and is a popular destination among tourists.
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a thriving Western-metropolis, Vietnam’s trade center. Its architecture is similar to the style of the cities of southern France due to the French colonial period and offers plenty of exciting things to explore from catholic lairs to sumptuous buildings, from museums to historical monuments, picturesque squares to shopping centers.
My Son was the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom. The My Son sanctuary, located 40 km southwest of Hoi An, is distinguished by its red brick buildings dating back to the 7th-13th centuries. The My Son sanctuary contains what some would challenge as the world’s finest collection of art and architecture in Vietnam. Although some buildings and statues were destroyed during the war or stolen, the remaining monuments are considerable in number.