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Vietnam

“A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.” – Lonely Planet

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Not safe to drink tap water

Plugs: Type A, C and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Not open for international travel 

Money

Official currency: ₫ Vietnamese Dong

Budget: Like the rest of SE Asia Vietnam is another great budget destination. Backpackers can get away with spending very little and those on a less strict budget will be able to enjoy a fairly low cost trip regardless.  Hostels generally range from $5-$10 USD and a beer at a bar will run you less than $1.50 USD. 

Credit cards: Larger restaurants and hotels will take cards. Smaller purchases should be done in cash.  

Visas

24 countries can enter visa free 

E-Visas available for 30 day single entry visits for 81 countries, including the United States, EU citizens, Aus and NZ and many South American countries

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Vietnamese

Hello: Xin Chào (sin chow)      

Thank-you: Cảm Ơn (gam uun) 

Yes: Da (yah)      No: Không (comb)

When to go

The North: Spring (March – May) and fall (September – November) are generally considered the best time to go. The summer months get very hot and the winter months are very wet. 

Central Vietnam: Da Nang area experiences heavy rains September – December (particularly in Oct/Nov) with the hotter temps coming between May and August. 

The South: Stays warm most of the year but January – April is the driest.  

Peak season throughout the country is June – July because of school holidays for Vietnam but also much of the northern hemisphere while low season is September – October. 

Responsible Travel

There is a large problem with trash and pollution in Halong Bay. Make sure you choose a responsible tour operator 

Support businesses (hotels, restaurants etc.) that take social responsibility whether it be through training programs or pledges against the child sex tourism industry. Read more below

Vietnam travel guides 

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