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    Area: 331,700 km2 (206,100 m2)
    Time: GMT+ 7hours
    Population: 95 million
    Language: Vietnamese
    Capital: Hanoi (population 7 million)
    Religion: Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, ...
    Currency: Dong (VND). US$ 1 = roughly 23,300 VND
    Dialing code: +84


      Most of visitors outside ASEAN countries require visas to travel to Vietnam. Some nationalities are exempt from visas for a stay of under 15 days. For detailed information, please visit here click Vietnam Visa
      The weather in Vietnam varies considerably as you go from the north to south. The temperature is temperate down south and is tropical up north. The country benefits from this variety and is a great destination for year round vacation. October to April is considered the busy time to travel when the country sees the least rainfall and the very moderate temperatures. Tropical monsoons with heavy downpour causing flooding are occasionally seen in the north between August and September, and in southern central part in November.
      Vietnam is a relatively safe destination, although some usual safety precautions are worth noting. Minor street crime levels have risen in recent years as tourist quantity has gone up. You should use taxis to get around at night, with the aid of a hotel address card to show drivers. Taxis are metered, inexpensive and numerous in Vietnam. Around US$ 0.50 per kilometer. During your time in Vietnam, always keep valuable belongings like passport, air tickets in hotel safe whenever possible. Most of hotels have safe in rooms. In Ho Chi Minh city, we strongly recommend you wear inexpensive jewelry while walking on sidewalk or sightseeing.
          Cuisine of Vietnam is diverse and tasty and one of the many highlights of a visit to the country. Most food presented is well cooked, however some optional dishes may be served cold. Lunch should cost around 8-15 USD and dinner approximately 15-25 USD, depending on the restaurant and city. The country’s most popular dishes include:
      - Pho: the country’s world famous dish is eaten frequently by majority of city people. This noodle soup, usually features clear noodles in a broth with beef or chicken, some vegetables and herbs. The dish costs around US$ 2.00.
      - Bun Cha: charred pork served with fresh rice noodle).
      Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich): crusty bread, stuff it with meat, coriander, daikon or green papaya and pickled condiments.
      - Nem (or Cha Gio): Mixture of minced fatty pork, egg, shredded carrot, sliced onion, bean sprouts, vermicelli wrapped by rice paper. You should not miss this flavorful dish though ingredients vary a lot among different parts of the country.
      - Banh xeo: delicious crepe-like savoury pancake is filled with shrimp, fatty pork, bean sprouts and green onions, and is served with lettuce, mints.
      • Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Vietnam. We recommend you buy bottled waters.
      • You also avoid using ice in drinks at most of local coffee shops and restaurants.
      Internet access is widely available in tourist areas and big cities. Most of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and event tourist sites provide free wifi. But Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
      Weather in Vietnam varies very much, so what you wear is dependent on the time of year you visit and where you go. Dress standards can be more conservative outside of major cities in Vietnam. To respect this, and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend wearing modest clothing. This means clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, particularly in pagodas and religious sites. In many rural areas, women will need to wear modest clothes, even while swimming.
      January, February, March
      Most of the country enjoy dry and pleasant weather during the two months. Beaches in Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Mui Ne are absolutely among the best places to enjoy your beach break as the sunshine is guaranteed not only this time but the entire year. But in northern Vietnam, temperatures vary very much between daytime and night time.

      The whole area including Ha Long bay and Ninh Binh, where is home to “Ha Long in land” can get quite hazy and you may not be guaranteed the best views. In mountainous area including Sapa, Ha Giang, Ba Be,… the temperatures drop dramatically at night time.

      It is also worth noting that Tet – Vietnamese New Year (the same time to Chinese New Year) is the biggest festival and longest holiday of the year. During TET the majority of shops, museums and restaurants are closed for about a week. But it is definitely amazing to observe hectic and colorful local markets before the festival. Tet’s date varies date varies but mainly falls on second half of January and first half of February.

      Below are the dates of TET till 2023
        2019: February 5
        2020: January 25
        2021: February 12
        2022: February 1
        2023: January 23

      April – May
      Another good time to visit Vietnam. Great weather is seen everywhere. Blue sky is seen in Halong bay, Cat Ba island as well the entire Vietnam. Some odd showers may happen somewhere. Beaches in Halong bay, Cat Ba island are warm enough to swim till mid October.

      June, July, August
      You will see clear blue sky for majority of the time and showers in North and South while it is pretty dry in center where is home to some stunning beaches: Lang Co (Hue), My Khe (Danang), An Bang (Hoian), ect. It is all worth noting that June is the hottest month of the year when the noon temperature may be up to 38 degree Celsius or more. Besides, some tropical storms will hit northern Vietnam this time.

      September, October
      The blue clear sky is still seen through out Vietnam thought the North and South are wet sometimes. Phu Quoc island normally see the highest rainfall of the year. Great time to visit northern Vietnam featuring stunning terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Ha Giang,.
      November, December
      Warm jackets are necessary if you visit north of Vietnam this time of the year as winter in North Vietnam normally starts from early November and lasts till late next March.

      Temperatures can drop to 10-12 degree Celsius or event lower in Sapa. In the mean time, dry season in South Vietnam also begins. Beach season in Phu Quoc island returns Center of Vietnam, stretching from Quang Binh to Nha Trang has more chance of showers during this time.