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Despite Vietnam's ongoing economic liberalisation and the pressures of
rapid development, this dignified country has managed to preserve its
rich civilisation and highly cultured society. Most visitors to Vietnam
are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country's natural setting:
the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and
almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice
paddies tended by women in conical hats. There are some divine beaches
along the coast too, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of
which are cloaked by dense, misty forests.
Vietnam offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and
rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.
Passport & Visa
Visa is required by all nationalities. Visa is usually delivered by
Vietnamese Embassies who require the original passport and 2 photos for
two full working days in order to stamp the visa. If Visa approval is
arranged by ASEAN Travel & Tours (ATT) upon the client request, the
personal data ( full name, passport number with date of issuance and
expiry, date and place of birth, nationality) must be supplied to us at
least 10 days before arrival to Viet Nam .
Visas can also be obtained upon arrival at Vietnam international
airports such as t Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang airports, in which
case the stamping fee will be quoted separately. Apart from required
details above we further need arrival/departure flight information ATT
will send a confirmation letter to show to the airport staff at the
departing airport, confirming that clients will get the visa on arrival.
Visas can only the requested via ATT in connection with the booking of
travel arrangements to Vietnam.
It could be the quickest way to get Vietnam visa because the formalities
takes only two full working days ( except Saturday and Sunday).
Custome & Formalities
Arriving in Vietnam, all visitors must fill in declaration forms and
show their luggage to customs officials on request. There are no limited
amounts of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious
metals and gemstones or plated with silver or gold but visitors must
declare these in detail on the customs forms.
The local currency is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes are
200d, 500d, 1000d, 2,000d, 5,000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, and
100,000d. The rate of exchange at updating time is approximately dong
15.000 to one US. Dollar. Credit cards are generally only accepted in
major cities. Visitors are recommended to carry US Dollar in small
denominations. Travelers can change their money for Vietnamese dong (VND)
at banks, hotels and jewelry shops throughout the country.
Vietnam shares borders with Cambodia, Laos and China, and features 3,200
km of coastline bordering the Eastern Sea.With an area of 332,000 square
km, Vietnam’s topography varies from coastal plains to moutain
ranges.Vietnam stretches over 1,800 km from north to south ; therefore
weather patterns in the principle cities are very different. The North :
Winter lasts from November to April , with temperatures averaging 160C
but little rainfall. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, with
temperature of 300C, heavy rainfall and the occasional
Violent typhoon. The Center : Central Vietnam experiences a transitional
climate, halfway between those of the north and south. The South :
Temperature are fairly constant through the year; 250C - 300C,
Seasons are determined by the rain – the dry season lies from November
to April and the wet season from May to October . The hottest period is
March and April, before the rain have broken . Typhoon s are quite
common in coastal areas between July and November. The Highland Areas :
In the hill resorts of Dalat (1,500m) , Buon Ma Thuot and Sapa , nights
are cool throughout the year, and in the winter months, October to March
,it can be distinctly chilly with temperature falling to 40C.
Even in the hottest months of March and April the temperature rarely
No actual vaccinations are officially required. Malaria prophylaxis is
no longer recommended but visitors are advised to check with their
doctor or travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of
inoculation against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A & B.
Vietnam has three international airports: Hanoi/Noi Bai , Danang/ Danang
and Ho Chi Minh/Tan Son Nhat. Cities with directs flight to Hanoi / Noi
Bai Airport are Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow,
Nanning, Paris, Singapore, Taipei, Vientiane and Seoul. Airline
Companies currently serving Hanoi are Vietnam airlines, Air France,
Cathay Pacific Airways, China southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Laos
Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Aeroflot, Thai Airways. Cities with
directs flight to Ho Chi Minh City/Tan Son Nhat Airport are Bangkok,
Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Melbourne,Osaka, Paris,
Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna, Vientiane
and Zurich. Airline Companies currently serving Ho Chi Minh City are
Vietnam airlines, Air France, Cathay Pacific Airways, China southern
Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Lao Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Swissair,
Aeroflot, Thai Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Lauda
Air, Asiana Airlines, Royal Air Cambodge. Since November 1,1999. Thai
Airways has commenced direct flights from BangKok to Danang on
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The other way to get into Vietnam is by land , from China, Laos and
Cambodia but the visas must be indicated clearly by Vietnamese Embassies
with one or two of the below entry points. Tourists can pass the border
at the following entry points:
* From China: Huu Nghi, Lao Cai.
* From Laos: Cau Treo, Lao Bao.
* From Cambodia: Moc Bai.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam but there are various
dialects spoken by hill tribe people in remote areas. Leaning foreign
languages , particularly English and French, is currently in vogue among
young people in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang and other cities.
* January 1 - Western New Year's Day
* January or February - Tet; Vietnamese and Chinese New Year
celebration; this most important Vietnamese festivity of the whole year
is celebrated an entire week from the first to the seventh day of the
new year according to the traditional moon calendar; as the celebration
depends on the phases of the moon, not the sun, it is celebrated on
different dates of the Western calendar; traditionally, during the Tet
days large amounts of food are consumed, because the Tet days are
considered an omen for the course of the entire year; the belief is that
if you eat a lot during the Tet days, there will be enough food during
the whole year.
* February 3 - Founding Day of the Communist Party of Vietnam; national
* March - day to commemorate the Trung sisters, who in the year 41 of
Christian reckoning led a rebellion against the Chinese rulers; movable
holiday, as it depends on the moon calendar.
* April 30 - Liberation Day of South Vietnam and Saigon; national
* May 1 - Labour Day; national holiday
* May 19 - Ho Chi Minh's birthday; national holiday
* May 28 - holiday in commemoration of the birth, the enlightenment and
the death of the Buddha; national holiday
* August - Trung Nguyen; Day of the Wandering Souls; on this day the
souls of the dead are believed to wander to the habitats of their
offspring; celebrations in Buddhist temples; food is spread on house
altars for the souls of the deceased and fake money is burnt in honour
of them; moveable holiday, as it depends on the moon calendar.
* September 2 - National Holiday
* September 3 - Day to commemorate the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969;
* September - Trung Thu - autumn celebration at which children parade
through the streets with lanterns; for this celebration moon cakes are
baked; moveable holiday, as it depends on the moon calendar.
* November - Birthday of Confucius; moveable holiday, as it depends on
the moon calendar
Widely practiced, in addition to hotel and restaurant service charges
shown on bills ( Porters, VND 5.000-10.000 per bag)
Airport tax is US$ 1,5 per passenger on domestic flights, US$ 14 (At
Noibai/Hanoi) and US$ 12 (other airports) per passenger on international
GMT + 7 hours