MSN̸  Consultant on line  26 Sepetember 2017  

 

VIETNAM
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General Information
 Weather

The North: Winter lasts from November to April, but little rainfall. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, heavy rainfall and theoccasional Violent typhoon.

The Center: Central Vietnam experiences a transitional climate, halfway between those of the north and south.
The South: Temperature is fairly constant through the year: Seasons are determined by the rain, the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The hottest period is March and April, before the rain have broken. Typhoons are quite common in coastal areas between July and November.
 
Geography

Vietnam borders Cambodia, Laos and China and stretches over 1600km (1000mi) along the eastern coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. The country's two main cultivated areas are the Red River Delta in the north and the Mekong Delta in the south. Three-quarters of the country is mountainous and hilly; the highest peak, at 3143m (10,310ft), is Fansipan in the northwest

 Visa
Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days.
To apply for a visa, the requirements are as follows:
- One Application form per person
- One photo each person (4cmx6cm or 3cmx4cm)
- Original passport
- Visa fee. Normal visa could be issued within 4 working days Express visa   could be issued within 2 working days
Language

Vietnamese is the official language. Most tour guides speak languages: English, Chinese, French, Russian and Japanese

Currency
- Vietnamese dong (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam
- Foreign currencies and tourist checques can be exchanged into   Vietnamese Dong at banks or foreign exchange agencies.
- Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist   centers.
- Before leave Vietnam, Vietnamese dong can be changed into   foreign currencies at the airport.
 Working hours
- Governmental agencies work 8 hours/day from 7.30am to 4.30pm (excluding one-hour lunch). Saturday and Sunday are close.
- Banks open from 7.30am or 8am to 11.30am and from 1pm to 4pm and close on Saturday and Sunday.
- Private shops open from 8am or 8.30am to 9pm or 10pm.
 Travel tips
 Things to remember
- It's in your best interests not to drink the tap water, especially after flooding!
- Avoid cycle ride after dark. - Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings and religious   sites, etc.
- Leave your valuables behind before a night out on the town, or going to the beach.
- When crossing the road, especially in Ho Chi Minh city, always keep looking to the left and right and walk   slowly!
- Do not offer money directly to minority people
- instead donate to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens.
- Try at least once the delicious, local street food.
- Always ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.
Things not to miss

- Sleeping out on deck on a boat in Halong Bay

- Ordering custom-made clothes from the local tailor shop
-Taking a slow cycle ride through the French Quarter of old Saigon
- Eating pho ga (chicken noodle soup) at a street side noodle stalls. -   Watching the traditional water - puppet performance in Hanoi.
- Experience the full moon festivities in the ancient town of Hoi An.
- Drinking rice-wine in the minority villages of the north
- Taking a boat along Hue's Huong (Perfume) River, visiting the Royal   Mausoleums.
- Overnight in a home stay in the Mekong Delta's riverside orchards.
- Bartering for a bargain at Saigon's largest market, Ben Thanh   Market
- Taking a stroll through Hanoi's Old Quarters.