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Destinations in Vietnam

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Regions in Vietnam

  • North Vietnam
    It offers some of the most beautiful views of Vietnam as well as the capital and the opportunity to visit the indigenous peoples of the hills.
  • Central Coast
    The ancient city of Hue is home to Vietnam’s fledgling kings and Hoi An is home to one of Vietnam’s most beautiful ancient coastal cities.
  • Central Highlands
    Hills covered with lush forests inhabited by indigenous peoples and occasionally elephants.
  • South Vietnam
    The economic engine of Vietnam, built around Ho Chi Minh City but also encompassing the lush and little-visited Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s rice basket.

Cities in Vietnam

  • Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – Vietnam’s largest city
  • Da Nang – the third largest city
  • Dalat – Central Highlands
  • Haiphong – the “port city”, a large port in the north of Vietnam
  • Hanoi – capital of Vietnam and main tourist destination
  • Hoi An – a well-preserved old harbour near the ruins of My Son
  • Hue – former residence of the emperors of Vietnam
  • Nha Trang – booming seaside resort
  • Vinh – the big city in North Vietnam with the beautiful beach Cua Lo

Other destinations in Vietnam

• Con Dao – Island off the Mekong Delta
• Cu Chi – Location of the Cu Chi Tunnels
• Cuc Phuong National Park, home to some of Asia’s rarest wildlife and the Muong Hill people
• The DMZ – ruins of former US military bases, spectacular mountain landscapes and rugged jungle
• Ha Long Bay – famous for its supernatural landscapes
• Kontum – a relaxed small town with access to several villages of ethnic minorities
• Sa Pa – Meeting the locals in the mountains on the Chinese border
• Tam Coc – Ha Long Bay karst landscape along the river
• Tay Ninh – Main Temple of the Cao Faith Đài

How To Travel To Vietnam

By plane Vietnam's main international airports are located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Both airports are served by numerous flights from major cities in East and Southeast Asia, with some intercontinental connections to Australia, Europe and the United States. Other international airports are located in Da Nang, Vinh, Nha...

How To Travel Around Vietnam

By plane Flights are the fastest way to cross this long country. The flight from Hanoi to HCMC takes only about 2 hours. Numerous flights connect the two largest cities, Hanoi and HCMC, with major cities such as Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phu Quoc....

Visa & Passport Requirements for Vietnam

Visitors from the following countries do not need a visa and can stay for the following number of days. 14 days: Brunei, Myanmar15 days: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Russia (from 1 July 2015)21 days: Philippines30 days: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore,...

Weather & Climate in Vietnam

Because of the different latitudes and the great variety of topographical relief, the climate varies greatly from place to place. During winter time or dry season, between November and April, the Monsoon winds commonly blow from the north-east alongside the Chinese coast and over the Gulf of Tonkin, absorbing...

Accommodation & Hotels in Vietnam

Accommodation is not a problem in Vietnam, even if you are travelling on a tight budget. Accommodation in Vietnam ranges from dormitory accommodation for $6 a night in youth hostels to world-class resorts in both major cities and popular coastal and rural destinations. Even hostels and cheap hotels are...

Things To See in Vietnam

Vietnam will show you the sides of Asia you've been dreaming of. Lush rice paddies at the foot of the magnificent highlands, colourful water markets along the rivers of the Mekong Delta and the endless city life of Hanoi, where everything from schoolchildren to refrigerators to huge stacks of...

Things to do in Vietnam

Motorcycling is popular with locals and tourists alike. As motorcycling is the main mode of transport in Vietnam, it can give a particularly authentic impression of travelling in the country. Renting or buying a bike is possible in many towns. Also consider motorbike adventure tours, which take you on multi-day...

Food & Drinks in Vietnam

Food in Vietnam Food is at the heart of Vietnamese culture: every important holiday in the Vietnamese cultural calendar, every important stage in the life of a Vietnamese person, even most important daily events and social interactions - food plays a central role in each of them. Special dishes are...

Money & Shopping in Vietnam

Currency in Vietnam The local currency is the dong (đồng, VND), which is difficult to find or exchange outside Vietnam. Exchange money on arrival and try to get rid of leftovers before leaving the country. Inflation continues and a series of devaluations continue to lower the value of the dong,...

Festivals & Holidays in Vietnam

By far the most important festival is Tết - the Lunar New Year festival - which takes place between the end of January and March. In the period leading up to Tết, the country is in the midst of preparations. Motorcyclists rush to deliver potted mandarin trees and flowering...

Traditions & Customs in Vietnam

In traditional Vietnamese culture, elders are treated with great deference and respect. Although expectations are more relaxed when dealing with strangers, it is a good idea to be polite, respectful and reserved towards those who look older than you. In some regions, it is common for residents to fortify it,...

Internet & Communications in Vietnam

Phone in Vietnam Landline numbers in Hanoi and HCMC have an eight-digit sequence, others have seven digits. Vietnam International dialling code: +84Hanoi area code: (4)Area code for Ho Chi Minh City: (8) VoIP calls Telephone bills are 30 to 40% cheaper when dialled using services 171 or 178. National call: 171 (178) + 0...

Language & Phrasebook in Vietnam

The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese. Like Thai and most Chinese dialects, Vietnamese is a tonal language that uses a change of tone to inflect different meanings, which can make it difficult for Westerners to master. Although very different from Western languages, a traveller may be surprised to...

Culture Of Vietnam

Vietnamese culture has developed over the centuries from the ancient indigenous culture of Đông Sơn with wet rice cultivation as its economic basis. Some elements of the national culture have Chinese origins and draw on elements of Confucianism and Taoism in their traditional political system and philosophy. Vietnamese society...

History Of Vietnam

Prehistory and ancient history Archaeological excavations have proven the existence of humans in what is now Vietnam as early as the Palaeolithic Age. Fossils of Homo erectus from around 500,000 BC have been found in caves in Lạng Sơn and Nghệ, a province in northern Vietnam. The oldest Homo sapiens...

Stay safe & healthy in Vietnam

Stay safe in Vietnam WARNING!Vietnam treats drug offences with extreme severity. The death penalty is mandatory for those convicted of trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting more than 15 g of heroin, 30 g of morphine, 30 g of cocaine, 500 g of cannabis, 200 g of cannabis resin and 1.2...

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