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HANOI

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The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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HOI AN

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The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Hoi An, Vietnam. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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SAIGON

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The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Saigon, Vietnam. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Vietnam Essentials

When to Go

Northern Vietnam Mar-May & Sep-Nov are best, winters can be cold and miserable.
Central Vietnam Mar-Sep are generally hot and dry months, Oct-Nov can have typhoons.
Southern Vietnam Nov-Mar are best as wettest months are Jun-Aug.

Health

If you’re sticking to the major cities, health issues and quality of medical attention is fine. A bout of stomach illness is not uncommon (take Imodium or similar), but overall traffic accidents are your main worry. Do take these recommended vaccinations

Visas

Nationals of United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and some others can get a 15 day visa on arrival. Other nationalities need a visa in advance but you can do this online at Vietnam Visa on Arrival through our visa partner, the most respected Vietnam Visa agent.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 23,251.34 VND
$1.00 AUD = 16,370.66 VND
€1.00 EUR = 25,934.79 VND
£1.00 GBP = 30,044.03 VND

The Vietnamese currency (VND) is called the ‘dong’ and you’ll find most prices quoted to you in dong. ATMs are common even in small towns. When shopping cash rules, but debit and credit cards are used in hotels.

LANGUAGE

VIETNAMESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF VIETNAM.
‘xin chào’ is a general ‘hello’ in Vietnamese. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN VIETNAM IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Vietnam Is 220 Volts. 50 Cycles/Sec. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT VIETNAMESE TIME
Time in Siem Reap:

Vietnamese Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Vietnam has never used daylight saving time.

WEATHER

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

The main international airports in Vietnam are; Hanoi (HAN), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, SGN) and to a lesser extent, Danang (DAD). If arriving in Southeast Asia, consider another hub such as Bangkok with onward flights to save money. There are land crossings with Cambodia, Laos and China. Internally, flights between the major cities are inexpensive. Luxury crises sail between Vietnam and Cambodia. Taxis are plentiful in the major cities.

Vietnam Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$40

  • Guesthouse/Cheap Hotel: US$3–18
  • Noodle street food dish: US$1–3
  • Bia Hoi (draught beer): from US$0.30

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$41–100

  • Air-con hotel room: US$25–50
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Local Taxi Ride: US$2-5

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$101+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
  • Quality 3-course meal: US$25–50
  • Internal Flight (eg Danang-Saigon): US$60–120

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