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Highlights of Vietnam

Important information you need to know before you visit this country.

  • Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, located on the banks of the Red River, is known for its well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and opera house.

    With a population of 7.2 million people, and 5 million motorbikes, Hanoi is most certainly a city of motorbikes.

    This French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts.

    At its heart is the Old Quarter where travellers can find many household goods, street food, bars and easy access to Hanoi’s largest and most beautiful lake.

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  • Sapa is a town in Lao Cai Province, a popular trekking base. Here is where you will find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains which includes Fan Si Pan – the country’s highest peak. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border.

    Majority of the town’s local population are hill tribes such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao.

    Its well know of the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk.

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  • Halong Bay is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforest, covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

    The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless movies.

    Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take travellers past islands named for their shapes.

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  • Trang An is a scenic area in Ninh Binh. On 23 June 2014, the Trang An scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    It’s considered as Halong bay on land, attracts travellers thanks to its diverse system of limestone mountains, natural caves, valleys, rivers and dozens of historical sites.

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  • Hue is in central Vietnam was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty at the beginning of the 19th century, and during the Vietnam-US War some of the most intense conflicts occurred in this region.

    A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City (Tử cấm thành), once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.

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  • Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port.

    It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city. Here the hillside Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains.

    The main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An and My Son.

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  • Hoi An Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

    Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign. A mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

    You can take a day tour of snorkelling or cooking class.

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  • Nha Trang is a coastal city in southern Vietnam, offers a six-kilometre stretch of beautiful coastline with white sandy beaches, clear waters with an abundance of marine life and thriving reefs, verdant mountain ranges at each end, breath-taking structures that date back to the Champa Kingdom, Buddhist temples, and gothic-style Catholic churches, as well as natural hot springs, salt fields, and unique waterfalls.

    Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hòn Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hòn Mun and Hòn Tằm islands, have coral reefs.

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  • About 200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City are Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. Together, these traditional fishing villages are fast becoming a popular leisure destination.

    Resort-style developments have been rising along the coastline, though so far the lives of the fishing communities remain unchanged and Mui Ne’s long beach is quiet and serene, great for walks, jogging and spectacular sunsets.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. The French conquered Saigon, as it was then known, in 1859, and made it the capital of Cochin China in 1862, which resulted in numerous elegant architecture and broad boulevards that are still present to this day. In 1975, the North of Vietnam won the war and changed the name of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City.

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  • Can Tho is a city in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it’s known for its canal network and nearby floating markets.

    “Can Tho with white rice and clear water All who comes would never wish to leave” Can Tho has simple, poetic beauty with well-off villages under shade of coconut trees. It is wonderful to take a boat trip along the riverbanks on fine weather days.

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  • Phu Quoc Island boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to escape bustling city life.

    Located 45 kilometres west of Ha Tien in the far south of Vietnam. More than half of the island is part of  UNESCO-listed Phú Quốc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails and wildlife.

    There are plenty of luxurious resorts, bars, restaurants and quaint cafes along the southern coastline.

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FAQ

Where is Vietnam?

Located in South East Asia and bordering both Laos and Cambodia to the West, with China to the North.

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?

For most international visitors, high tourism season in Vietnam stretches over two periods of time: Spring (March to May) and autumn/ winter ( October to December).

The weather in Vietnam differs between the south and north.

Up to the north, cool to cold seasons: November to March. Warm seasons: April to September. Avoid typhoon season Jul- Aug, it affects Halong Bay cruise tour.

Down to the south from Danang, generally it is warm the whole year, average temperature is around 25-30 degree celsius. Avoid the flooding season Sept – Oct.

There is no good time to travel to Vietnam, it depends on where you plan to go visit. For beach lovers, from June to August. The best time for trekking in the north could be: March, April, May, September, October.

Do Vietnamese speak English?

Vietnamese is the official language however English is understood by most people in cities.

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

For most nationalities, you must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Visa waivers for citizens of 13 countries including: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Belarus. All will be allowed to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type and entry purpose. Tourists can apply for 30-day e-visas at the official government website.

An eVisa is available for some nationalities including passport holders from Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America, valid for a single entry of a maximum of 30 days stay in Vietnam. You can apply yourself at  https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/…/cap-th

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You don’t need a visa if you are one of these countries passport holder: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Chile.

How long should I spend in Vietnam?

Depending on how you are travelling and how strict your plans are. At least 2 weeks or 3 weeks is enough to see most of the highlight of Vietnam or 4 weeks that will allow you more time to enjoy the beach: 

North: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh

Central: Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An

South: Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang/Mui Ne/ Phu Quoc.

Can I drink the water in Vietnam?

No, not water from the tap, its also advisable to avoid ice in drinks. You can buy water bottle or ask your guide for where filtered water can be found.

Is WIFI generally available?

Free internet access is widely available in tourist areas and big cities at cafes, restaurants, hotels… although remote and mountainous areas may have weak signal.

Are international credit cards accepted in Vietnam?

Major international credit cards are widely accepted by big shops, hotels and restaurants in cities in Vietnam. However, they may not be accepted by small family restaurants and shops, market stalls or in remote towns and rural ares. So some cash for purchases would be recommended.

Are ATM’s available in Vietnam?

ATMs are found widely throughout Vietnam. Some smaller villages or rural areas may not have ATM access so prepare for this if you want to buy something too far from a city or main town.

Are vaccinations required?

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Vietnam?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips and must be shown on arrival to your tour leader.

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