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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.
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
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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CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES
$1.00 USD = 23,250.36 VND
$1.00 AUD = 15,904.05 VND
€1.00 EUR = 25,712.00 VND
£1.00 GBP = 30,541.66 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.
VIETNAMESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF VIETNAM.
ELECTRICITY IN VIETNAM IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
CURRENT VIETNAMESE TIME
Vietnamese Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Vietnam has never used daylight saving time.
CURRENT HANOI WEATHER
°C | °C
SUN 8°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
MON 9°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
TUE 10°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
WED 11°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
THU 12°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
FRI 13°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
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
Daily Budget Up To:
- Guesthouse/Cheap Hotel: US$3–18
- Noodle street food dish: US$1–3
- Bia Hoi (draught beer): from US$0.30
Daily Budget From:
- Air-con hotel room: US$25–50
- Good local restaurant meal: US$5–10
- Local Taxi Ride: US$2-5
Daily Budget From:
- Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
- Quality 3-course meal: US$25–50
- Internal Flight (eg Danang-Saigon): US$60–120