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Vietnam Fast Facts

Vietnam Information

Prewarned is pre-armed. Get to know the country's basic facts before going and it's half the battle won, leaving pure relaxation and appreciation of your surroundings.

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Vietnam Geography

Unlike most other countries of a similar size, Vietnam extends across two climatic zones, with a moderate climate in the Read More...

Vietnam Weather

Vietnam Weather

Vietnam is often depicted as a place with steamy jungles and hot beaches, but country's climate is quite diverse, with Read More...

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Vietnam History

Conquered by the armies of China's Han dynasty in 111 BC, it was not until 939 AD that the Vietnamese were able to expel Read More...

People & Culture

People & Culture

Vietnam's people are a special mix of cultures, languages and historical backgrounds. The one common denominator amongst Read More...

Vietnam Transportation

Vietnam Transportation

Vietnam is relatively isolated in comparison with Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore, while there are several directSaigon Read More...

Vietnam Tips and FAQs

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Facts at a Glance

Area
329,560sqkm

Capital City
Hanoi

Population
85,262,356

Language
Vietnamese (official), Chinese, English, and French.

Religion
Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholic.

Climate
North Vietnam has Southern Mediterranean type climate. South Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate.

Local Time
GMT +7

Currency
Vietnamese Dong (VND) in denominations of 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000 banknotes. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200. These values have paper note equivalences.

Exchange
Travellers cheques are accepted at most banks. Hotels sometimes charge a commission. Cash dollars in good condition are accepted in many places, so small denominations are useful to carry. The exchange rate can fluctuate considerably. Remaining Vietnamese currency can be exchanged for US dollars at the exchange bureau at the airport.

Credit Cards
Most major hotels and big restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi accept Visa and MasterCard.

Business Hours
Most shops, banks and businesses open from 8am to 4 or 5pm with a 1-2 hour lunch break

Tipping
Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but is appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal in a good restaurant may equal a day's wages.

Nightlife
There are numerous discos and karaoke bars. As in most places, it is preferable to explore in the company of a long-term resident, to avoid the traditional rip-offs.

Electricity supply
220V, 50Hz / 110V, 50Hz

Photography
Print film is widely sold, but risks having been badly stored, so best buy from reputable photo dealers rather than street vendors. Slide film is available only in large cities. Photo-processing shops are everywhere with one hour processing facilities.

Tourist Information
Vietnam Airlines-Hanoi: (84-4) 8253824;
Ho Chi Minh City: (84-8) 8292118;
Bangkok: (66-2) 6569056-8;
Phnom Penh: (855-23) 424426;
Vientiane: (856-21) 216761
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism-Tel: (84-4) 8261061; Fax: (84-4) 8261115

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