Travel to Vietnam

Vietnam Destination

This country in Southeast Asia is known for dense jungles, tropical beaches, river cruises and Buddhist temples.

It also happens to be one of the largest rice exporters in the world, and Vietnamese cuisine is incredibly popular.

The capital city of Hanoi reflects the communist history of the area, while the southern region around Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) reflects the French influence on Vietnam. 


Currency: Vietnamese dong can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Vietnam, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.

Power Points: Vietnam uses 2 types of plug points, as that’s the case, I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter.

Official Language: The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.

Health: There are a number major health concerns in Vietnam for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.

Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is not generally safe to drink, only drink bottled water.

Visa: Most countries require a visa for short stays, to visit Vietnam. You can apply online via e-visa portal.

Popular foods:
Pho (soup consists of rice noodles, meats and veggies).
Banh Mi (French baguette, meat, pickled vegetables, pate, soy sauce and chillies).
Banh Xeo (similar to a pancake or crepe, made with coconut milk, rice flour and turmeric, with your choice of fillings).
Ca Kho To (catfish filet is caramelised in rich gravy and served with soy and fish sauces, shallots and seasoning).

When to go: May through August are often the hottest and muggiest months of the year. The best seasons to travel to northern Vietnam are from March to April and from September to November, when the weather is often mild.

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