Hoi An - Ancient Town
Hanoi - Chinese Bridge
Hue - Imperial Citadel
Ho Chi Minh City - Notre Dame Cathedral
Cambodia - Angkor Wat
Be captured by its diversity in culture, landscapes and ways of life in Vietnam. From the north to south, you will be met with impressive mountains, ancient pagodas and temples, cities abuzz with chaos and excitement, unspoilt beaches, peaceful country sides and the influences of the French colonial era. Hanoi, the nation’s capital city, offers a gateway to bewildering natural wonders including the UNESCO World Heritage site - Halong Bay, and mountainous Sapa, with colourfully dressed native tribes. Throughout Vietnam, you can expect to be seduced by the local flavours and aromas from its delicious cuisines. Be captivated by Vietnam’s rich history, culture and traditions and friendliness of the people. From mountains to seas, cities to villages, cool to hot climates, Vietnam truly offers so much to explore.
Vietnam’s weather is diverse according to geography. North Vietnam is generally warm from October to December while cool and misty during December to February with average temperatures between 15 - 20 degrees celsius during the monsoon season of April to October. In South Vietnam, the dry season is December to May and the wet season May to October, although rain is usually confined to an hour or two each day. During June to August, South Vietnam is warm to hot with highs of 35-38 degrees celsius. In Central Vietnam, temperatures are high all year round with the region warmer and more humid than South Vietnam in the middle of the year and cooler during the dry season from November to April. Unstable weather may occur from October to December.
Passport and Visas
Each person must carry a passport with at least 6 months validity from their date of departure from Vietnam and more than one blank page left. Australian passport holders require a visa prior to arrival in Vietnam. Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends checking all visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates before making travel arrangements. To obtain a visa, please ask your travel agent for more information.
The national language is Vietnamese. English is understood in most major cities and towns.
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Bottled water is available at local supermarkets and in your hotel. It is not recommended to drink tap water.
Vietnam has an extensive network of bus routes that run from all major cities and towns. Popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are accessible by public transport. Other transport options include metre taxis, bicycles and motorbike taxis. A train network between most major cities and towns also provides a good way of getting however the service is usually very slow. Low cost carrier airline Jetstar Asia provides inexpensive flights between most major cities within Vietnam.
Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends that you seek prior qualified medical advice in regards to vaccinations or medications that you may require.
Currency and Money Changers
The local currency is Vietnam Dong (VND), however the American Dollar (USD) is used widely in local markets and eateries. Money can be changed at licensed currency exchanges, banks and hotels. Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, hotels and restaurants. ATM’s are found in major cities and towns however outside these areas, it is wise to carry cash. Some form of Identification will be required when cashing in traveller’s cheques.
Holidays and Special Days
There are a number of special days/holidays in Vietnam including the Lunar New Year (Têt). Surcharges may apply at hotels and for certain flights during these times. Check with your travel agent for public holiday updates.
Vietnam’s voltage is 220 volts. Some hotels provide adaptors on request however purchasing your own is recommended. Plugs are either two pinned and round shaped or two-flat-pinned.
Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends purchasing comprehensive travel insurance when travelling to Asia. Please discuss your travel insurance options with your preferred travel agent.
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