Vietnam General Information
Vietnam now open and welcome all travellers and business people to Vietnam. Thanks to that, getting visa to Vietnam now very easy and simple. There is a new way to get visa to Vietnam very simple and easy but rarely one know about it. That is getting ” visa approval letter” with code for picking up visa upon arrival Vietnam at international airport (Tan Son Nhat int’l airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noibai int’l airport in Hanoi Capital city and Danang int’l airport in Danang city).
With simple and easy way for getting Vietnam visa, why you don’t take a trip to Vietnam for discovering the hidden charm of Vietnam, a beautiful country and friendly people.
1. Vietnam Language and Country
Vietnam is not a war country, but a peaceful and nice country. After the liberalization and re-unification “Doi Moi” from 1986, Vietnam has become an attractive spot for tourism and business. From North to South of Vietnam, you can feel and see many beautiful differences in topography, history, cultures, and people as well as sightseeing.
Looking at a map, Vietnam is located in the center of the Southeast Asia and is shaped like the letter S. it lies on the Indochina Peninsula – the country borders on China, Laos, Cambodia, the East Sea and Pacific Ocean to the east and south with a long coastline of 3,260 km, land area of 330,991 sq. kilometers and the country’s total length is 1650 km from the northernmost point to the southernmost.
Some great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. Vietnam natural resources offers unspoiled landscapes, virgin beaches, soaring hills and mountains, peaceful rivers and springs. On the other hand, its long history and distinctive culture serve as additional magnets for first-time and returning visitors alike.
Population of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is more than 80 millions with urban population consisted of about 19.7. There are 54 ethic minority groups inhabiting in Vietnam. The “Kinh” people (or Viet) account for nearly 90% of the population. Major ethic minority groups include the Tay, Thai, Muong, H’mong, Dao and Khmer.
Vietnamese language is the main language but English, French, German and Russian can be communicated in major cities. Vietnamese language uses the Latin alphabet!
2. Vietnam Climate & Weather
Vietnam has tropical climate, which is characterized by lots of sunshine, high rainfall, humidity with two distinguished seasons in general: the cold and dry one from November to April and the other hot and wet from May to October. The annual average temperature is from 22ºC to 27ºC. But weather usually different between North and South, between land and mountains.
3. Vietnam Time
Time zone: GMT/UTC +7 (the same zone with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) Working days from Monday to Friday.
Opening hour for most restaurants and shops is at about 08:00 till 23:00 in 7 days/week
4. Vietnam Currency
The currency is Dong (VND). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the bank, exchange bureau or hotel reception desk. Traveler cheques and most of credit cards are accepted in the most of hotels and in the major cities. But we recommend you to bring with you some cash.
Small bank notes: 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 VN Dong.
5. Internet and Phone in Vietnam
Email & Internet in Vietnam: e-mail and Internet services are available in most hotels and posts as well as the internet cafes in Vietnam. And nowadays, the technology ADSL (high speed internet) is used in some hotels in major cities. But we recommend you should not use public internet for your bank account because of many virus and spywares!
Phone in Vietnam: in Vietnam, currently GMS only works partially, so your mobile phone could be used here by roaming service. Another easy way is to rent a mobile phone and buy a pre-paid card (1 card from. VND 50.000 = USD 3). (This service is available at your hotel or at a Mobile Phone Service Center in the street.)
6. Vietnam Electricity
Standard 220 Volts AC (at 50Hz cycles).
7. Vietnam Specialities
Vietnam has abundant food supply and elaborate food preparation techniques. As food preparation has become an art of the Vietnamese people, some Vietnamese dishes are world famous. People can find countless restaurants throughout the country.
In Vietnam, you will have an opportunity to enjoy some surprisingly good dishes, some of which can be found nowhere else in the world. On the table of a traditional banquet, you can find dozens of such specialty dishes pleasingly and elaborately presented. Some dishes are prepared from sea foods such as lobsters, fish, crabs and squids… which are relatively rare and expensive in some Western countries but abundant and cheap in Vietnam. Besides enjoying traditional foods such as beef noodle soups (Pho), pork sausages (Gio lua), spring rolls (Nem ran), fish balls (Cha ca), etc…, Vietnamese also adopt a number of dishes from countries that are well-known for their food preparation and cooking techniques.
8. Health & Hospital in Vietnam
No vaccinations are required except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are rather limited in all countries and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed.
HaNoi-Vietnam capital city
Ho Chi Minh city – Vietnam
9. Vietnam Custom Regulations
Materials Under Declaration
Articles of high values
Hope that these above info is useful for who plan a trip to Vietnam in first time!