Travel tips for a trip to Vietnam

To be offered visa in Vietnam, travelers are required to own the passport that is valid for six months from the date of entry. There are many ways for applying for Vietnam visa. Travelers contact the Embassy of Vietnm for visa application. For the purpose of promoting the country’s tourism industry, the Vietnamese government gives unilateral visa exemption to 13 countries and bilateral one to 9 ASEAN countries. Most recently, five European countries including United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Spain and Italy have been granted visa exemption for 15 days.

Currency

The domestic currency of Vietnam is Vietnam dong (VND). Nowadays, the lowest Vietnamese banknote face value is 500 VND (0.25 USD) and the highest one is 500,000 VND (25 USD). Of these banknotes, travelers have to pay attention to the face value of 20,000 VND and 500,000 VND because both of them are in blue and quite similar to each other. Tourists can easily exchange dollar, Euro or pound for Vietnamese dong. ATM system is set up in almost all big cities and resorts. In case tourists have a trip to remote areas, it is suggested to bring an amount of Vietnamese money with you.

Drinking and Eating

Typical tropical climate creates the wide diversity of Vietnamese food. Every region has its own speciality with the distinctive flavor. One of the most Vietnamese well-known food is “pho”. Besides, street food is an outstanding feature of Vietnam cuisine. Tourists can see these kinds of food in any streets all over the country with reasonable price.

The typical dink in Vietnam is coffee, which represents the lifestyle of Vietnamese people. Vietnam is ranked second among the coffee exporting nations in the world, after Brazil. There are numerous types of Vietnamese coffee owning the unique taste. Vietnamese people’s popular beverage of coffee are hot coffee, iced coffee or coffee with milk. If coming to visit Hanoi, tourists should not miss cofffee with egg. Apart from coffee, beer is also prefered due to its coolness and reasonable price. You can enter a pub along the street to enjoy ice-cold beer and have a chat with your friends.

Climate

One of the features of Vietnam is the diverse climate from region to region. Three areas of the North, the Central and the South have different characteristics of weather, which change in various periods throughout the year.

In the North, four seasons of the year are spring, summer, autumn and winter. The North Vietnam possesses a number of attractive beauty spots located in Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Mai Chau and some places having the same border wit China. Spring is from March to May. At that time, it has drizzles and high humidity; the average temperature is around 20-25. Summer is from June to September; the average temperature is 30; the highest one is up to 40. Heavy rain sometimes falls and lasts about one hour. Autumn is between September to November and quite similar to spring. It has light cloud and the weather is mild. With the low humidity and the average temperature of 25. This is the ideal time for traveling across the North. The rest time of the year is winter, from November to February. The average temperature is estimated to be 15. However, the temperature is largely controlled by the geograpical position and can be down to 5. Coming here at this time, it is necessary for tourists to carry coats and some others kinds of clothes to keep your bodies warm.

The Central Vietnam has two different seasons stretching a lot of places – Hue, Danang, Quy Nhon, Dalat and the Central Highland. April to Septemer, with the maximum temperature of 40, is very sunny and hot. The daytime temperature is about 30. This region has the typical tropical climate with one-hour-long rain. October to February is the time the weather changes continuously in one day. At times, thunderstorms and pouring rain attack this area. The temperature goes down at 15-20.

The cities of the South Vietnam such as Saigon, Phan Thiet, Can Tho, Chau Doc and Southern islands are covered with the subtropical climate and involve two seasons – rainy and dry season. 28 is the average temperature of the South. The rainy season is between May and October, hot and humid. In the daytime, it is scorching hot with much sun. There are squalls of sudden and heavy rain in afternoons and evenings. Occasionally, it continually rains during the day. The dry season is in the period of November and April. The weather becomes dry and hot. Due to extreme weather, rain out of season happen in some regions.