Located in South East Asia, Vietnam is an unique mix of tumultuous and diverse culture with natural beauty. The country has a rich culture and history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food and is one of the safest countries in Asia. It is also very cheap.

Why Visit Vietnam

NATURE

Vietnam has one of the most diverse nature and landscapes in Asia. The country can be divided in four major groups: Deltas, highlands, coastlines and mountains. Each of them is different but equally impressive. Despite the destruction after the war, the natural beauty of this country still remains practically untouched. 

CULTURE & HISTORY

Vietnam’s culture is one of the oldest in the world. Highly influenced by its neighbors (especially China), and after all the colonization and war, the culture absorbed influences from Asia, European and American cultures, without forgetting the core values of their culture: veneration to the ancestors, respect for community and family values and labour religious belief. 

FOOD

Vietnamese food is not only cheap but delicious (and surprisingly healthy). French influence can be seen in many of their dishes, their food is nothing but full of flavour. Do not leave without trying the Pho, the most famous vietnamese dish.

SAFETY

Vietnam is one of the top 5 safest countries in Asia, what makes it an ideal destination to visit. The mayor risk tourists face is traffic (that can be a little crazy) and crossing the street, although acting responsable and keeping an eye open is highly recommended, just in case. 

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Located in South East Asia, Vietnam is an unique mix of tumultuous and diverse culture with natural beauty. The country has a rich culture and history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food and is one of the safest countries in Asia. It is also very cheap.

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Why Visit Vietnam

NATURE

Vietnam has one of the most diverse nature and landscapes in Asia. The country can be divided in four major groups: Deltas, highlands, coastlines and mountains. Each of them is different but equally impressive. Despite the destruction after the war, the natural beauty of this country still remains practically untouched. 

CULTURE & HISTORY

Vietnam’s culture is one of the oldest in the world. Highly influenced by its neighbors (especially China), and after all the colonization and war, the culture absorbed influences from Asia, European and American cultures, without forgetting the core values of their culture: veneration to the ancestors, respect for community and family values and labour religious belief. 

FOOD

Vietnamese food is not only cheap but delicious (and surprisingly healthy). French influence can be seen in many of their dishes, their food is nothing but full of flavour. Do not leave without trying the Pho, the most famous vietnamese dish.

SAFETY

Vietnam is one of the top 5 safest countries in Asia, what makes it an ideal destination to visit. The mayor risk tourists face is traffic (that can be a little crazy) and crossing the street, although acting responsable and keeping an eye open is highly recommended, just in case. 

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What to expect

LANGUAGE

Vietnamese is the official language. French is the most spoken foreign language (could be considered their second language) due to the colonization. English is also spoken (mostly in tourist centres), so as Chinese and Khmer. 

ELECTRICITY

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

The Vietnamese dong is the official currency of Vietnam. 1 USD equals 23,410 dongs (as of 2020), as the currency has been devalued a total of five times in an effort to ensure its stability. In terms of foreign currency, USD and Euros are the most widely and easily exchanged, as it is in the majority of Asia. Many shops and hotel will take foreign currency, and credit cards can be used almost everywhere, including ATMs.

SAFETY

As we mentioned before, Vietnam is one of the safest countries in Asia. Serious crimes are extremely rare, although it is pertinent to exercise some caution, scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi.

CLIMATE

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity, however, and thanks to its varied landscapes the temperature and seasons will vary across the different regions. Summers are hot and rainy, and winters are cold and sunny. In general, the best time to visit would be from December through February, when temperatures are milders and rain is almost nonexistent. 

Visa Policy

Vietnam visa policies change constantly, so I would recommend to check the most updated regulations before booking your flight. Vietnam offers visa exemptions ranging from 14 to 90 days to citizens of 21 countries including: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao, Philippines, Myanmar, Brunei, South  Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Chile. 

Electronic Visa is available for nationals of 80 countries (must be requested in advance): Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau passports), Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa. The e-Visa takes three working days to process and costs $25. It is valid for 30 days.

Click here to know how to apply for Vietnam’s e-Visa.

How to get around

By plane: Vietnam offers a decent network of domestic flights, allowing tourists to visit cities like Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat or Phu Quoc, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. They are cheap in comparison with western standards, with one way flights starting at $25. 

By Car: Unfortunately, international licenses are not accepted in Vietnam, and to be honest, it is better to rent a car with a driver, as angry drivers in Vietnam are somewhat common. 

By Bus: Buses are a really good option if you are on budget and have a lot of time, especially if your are travelling short routes. They get to remote places that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. It is popular among locals and tourists.

By Train: Trains in Vietnam are extremely comfortable, and a really good way to enjoy the scenic views the country has to offer. The country offers and extensive networks that go as far as China and Laos. More expensive than buses but well worth it. 

By boat: Cruising in Vietnam is highly recommended and an experience everybody should do at least once. The country coastline and delta is nothing but beautiful, being Halong Bay a destination you shouldn’t miss. 

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