Vietnam

Vietnam

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Now, everyone wants to go there.

It may seem odd to consider Vietnam for a vacation. But why should it be different than Germany or Japan? Yesterday's gone. And today, a trip to Vietnam makes your heart race for different reasons. The energy of discovery. The excitement of seeing the legend for yourself.

Vietnam may be an infant when it comes to tourism, but the basis for a glorious future is all there. With 1,600 limestone islands and islets, Ha Long Bay is a natural wonder. And the Thang Long citadel, built in the 6th century, is a man-made one.

The Cu Chi Tunnels will give an idea as to the ingenuity and perseverance of the Viet Cong. And the Mekong Delta is a much more mesmerizing sight when you don't have to keep your head down. But there's still more to Vietnam.

There are experienced world travelers who will tell you Vietnam has the best seafood in the world. And accommodations include five-star resorts. Spend a few minutes talking with VIVA about what you'll find there. We'll show plenty that'll make you want to go.

Other things to do:

  • Visit My Son Hindu Sanctuary, southern Viet Nam
  • Tour The Complex of Hue Monuments, in Hue
  • Explore Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
  • Visit the The Sand Dunes of Mui
  • Swim in a secluded Vietnamese beach
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 63°F (17°C) to 95°F (35°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC +07:00

Language: 

Vietnamese

Currency: 

Vietnamese Dong (DNG)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping is not part of the culture in Vietnam, and you are not required to tip anywhere. Tour guides and employees at upscale hotels are more accustomed to receiving tips. There is typically a service charge for high-end restaurants. 

Safety: 

Vietnam is generally considered safe. Petty crime is on the rise, so we recommend you take normal precautions to protect your valuables. Your greatest risk may be traffic accidents. We recommend wearing a helmet if riding a motorbike.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Service providers include NetNam, CMC Telecom, SPT, VNPT, Hanoi Telecom and Vinaphone.

Smoking: 

Smoking is banned in offices, production facilities, schools, hospitals, and on public transportation.

Travel Documentation: 

To enter Vietnam, you need a valid US passport with at least six months’ validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival, as well as a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. 

Airport: 

Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) 

Car Rental: 

It is recommended to rent a car with a driver. Cars and minivans with drivers are available from private and state-run travel agencies, tourist offices, and through most city hotels.

Public Transportation: 

Taxis found in most major cities are inexpensive and a safe way to get around at night. Xe Om (zay-ohm) is a motorbike taxi, which is common in Vietnam. Cyclo (bicycle rickshaws) are still found in Vietnam’s main cities.