Vietnam Fast Facts

Vietnam Information

Prewarned is pre-armed. Get to know the country's basic facts before going and it's half the battle won, leaving pure relaxation and appreciation of your surroundings.


Vietnam Geography

Unlike most other countries of a similar size, Vietnam extends across two climatic zones, with a moderate climate in the North, and a tropical climate in the South. The country measures more than 1,650km from North to South with a coastline about 2,000km long, covering an area of 329,560 square kilometres.  Read More...

Vietnam Visa Vietnam History

Conquered by the armies of China's Han dynasty in 111 BC, it was not until 939 AD that the Vietnamese were able to expel the Chinese and begin a southward domination that, by the mid-18th century, had reached the Gulf of Siam. Read More...

Vietnam People & Culture Vietnam People & Culture

Vietnam's people are a special mix of cultures, languages and historical backgrounds. The one common denominator amongst them is that, as in most Southeast Asia countries, they love to smile and are genuinly interested in foreign visitors. Read More...

Vietnam Transportation Vietnam Transportation

Vietnam is relatively isolated in comparison with Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore, while there are several direct flights daily from Europe that is non-stop one. There are two main international airports in Vietnam, in Saigon and Hanoi. Read More...


 

Facts at a Glance
Area 329,560sqkm
Capital City Hanoi
Population 85,262,356
Language Vietnamese (official), Chinese, English, and French.
Religion Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholic.
Climate North Vietnam has Southern Mediterranean type climate. South Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate.
Local Time GMT +7
Currency Vietnamese Dong (VND) in denominations of 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000 banknotes. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200. These values have paper note equivalences.
Exchange Travellers cheques are accepted at most banks. Hotels sometimes charge a commission. Cash dollars in good condition are accepted in many places, so small denominations are useful to carry. The exchange rate can fluctuate considerably. Remaining Vietnamese currency can be exchanged for US dollars at the exchange bureau at the airport.
Credit Cards Most major hotels and big restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi accept Visa and MasterCard.
Business Hours Most shops, banks and businesses open from 8am to 4 or 5pm with a 1-2 hour lunch break
Tipping Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but is appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal in a good restaurant may equal a day's wages.
Nightlife There are numerous discos and karaoke bars. As in most places, it is preferable to explore in the company of a long-term resident, to avoid the traditional rip-offs.
Electricity supply 220V, 50Hz / 110V, 50Hz
Photography Print film is widely sold, but risks having been badly stored, so best buy from reputable photo dealers rather than street vendors. Slide film is available only in large cities. Photo-processing shops are everywhere with one hour processing facilities.
Tourist Information Vietnam Airlines-Hanoi: (84-4) 8253824; Ho Chi Minh City: (84-8) 8292118; Bangkok: (66-2) 6569056-8; Phnom Penh: (855-23) 424426; Vientiane: (856-21) 216761
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism-Tel: (84-4) 8261061; Fax: (84-4) 8261115

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