Travel Guide

Vietnam

Surely the beating heart of South East Asia, Vietnam captivates visitors with its infinite panoramas of rice fields and tropical forests. From excursions and visits to cultural heritage to beaches for absolute relaxation, Vietnam remains a tourist destination par excellence.

Documents and Visas

Passport, visa and length of stay
To avoid any problems when you arrive in Vietnam, make sure you have a valid passport.
The need for a visa depends on your nationality.

Embassies and consulates.
As you prepare for your trip, take note of the contact information for your embassy and consulates outside the capital. You can go there to reprint your travel documents in case of loss and to get a series of tips (health, safety, etc.). Each embassy usually has an emergency number that can be used only if necessary. Most of the time there is also a social services office to help you, even in an emergency.
Health Councils

There are no mandatory vaccinations forvisit Vietnam. However, we advise you to consult your doctor for the recommended vaccinations such as: diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, anti-tetanus booster, Japanese encephalitis and meningitis.












Useful Info

Population of Vietnam: approximately 95,590,600
Language: the official language is Vietnamese

Religion: In Vietnam the term "Tam Giao" is used to define a "coexistence" between Taoism Buddhism, Confucianism and ancestor worship.

Currency: the currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong.
We recommend that you always have cash in local currency on hand. Many shopkeepers don't accept credit cards so it's better to be prepared.

Credit cards
ATMs are available for withdrawals at major tourist turnout points. It is highly recommended that you notify your bank before you travel: many banks consider Southeast Asian countries to be at high risk of card cloning, so it is always best to get information first and leave in peace.

Time zone: GMT + 07: 00

Climate: Vietnam's climate depends on the area you intend to visit. The best time to visit Northern Vietnam and therefore the capital Hanoi is from September to December, and then from January to March.
As for southern Vietnam, the best time to visit is from December to April, since from May to November it is characterized by rainfall.

What to eat

Vietnamese cuisine is distinguished by its refined and light flavors, in comparison with other neighboring Asian countries. Here much attention is paid to vegetables, present in almost all dishes; equally important are aromatic herbs, spices and sauces deriving from them.
The most famous nation dish is certainly Pho, the classic noodles soup prepared with beef and chicken with the addition of vegetables, coriander, mint leaves and lime. The version may change but it is still the most typical dish in the country.
For gourmands, instead, we recommend the bizarre "Banh da Lon", a green layered cake prepared with tapioca starch, rice flour, coconut milk and taro fruit (or alternatively the "durian")

Where stay

To date, Vietnam offers a large number of accommodations for all budgets. From cheaper facilities such as hostels for "backpackers" to experience the itinerant journey of adventures; to switch to standard hotels for those who want to rest and resume exploration the next day; arriving at luxury hotels and resorts that carefully take care of the relaxation and well-being of their guests.







The 5 things to do and see

A magical country, which captivates visitors for its unspoiled beauty and fantastic sea. Destination for culture lovers but also for those who want a holiday of fun and absolute relaxation.

Hanoi1. Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam is the starting point for exploring the whole country. A mix between history and modernity where shops, colors, perfumes and ancient temples intersectlike the Jade Mountain Temple with its red bridge is the postcard of Vietnam. From ancient history to more recent history one passes with the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the national hero, the visit to the monument helps to better understand the troubled history of the country.

Ho Chi Minh2. Ho Chi Minh
The second most important city in Vietnam, also known as Saigon is the most modern city in Vietnam. In addition to the modern part, it has well-preserved places of cultural value such as small temples and ancient buildings. Among the modern structures worth visiting is the Bixteco Tower which offers a panoramic view over the city.

Hoian3. Hoi An
Less tourist resort and for this very appreciated for those who visit it. Being less crowded than the other larger cities, this small pearl of Vietnam retainsthe charm of the port city with its artistic and cultural heritage. Along the banks of the river there are numerous stalls, craft shops and restaurants that complete a relaxing stop on the journey through Vietnam.

Nha Trang4. Nha Trang
Famous resort on the south coast where you can relax to complete your trip to Vietnam. Ideal destination for snorkelers thanks to the presence of corals and tropical fish. A perfect place for total relaxation and on-site activities such as boat excursions, diving and walks in the forests that surround the city. For those who want to know more about the culture of the place you can visit the historic center with its Long Song Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple.

Halong5. Ha Long Bay
A lovely place, famous for its waterand emerald and UNESCO heritage. The bay is characterized by the presence of the faraglioni and small islands nearby with lots of caves much sought after by divers all over the world. A beautiful and mysterious place: the name "Halong" means "where the dragon descends the sea". Hence the legend: during a battle, dragons rescued the Vietnamese by spitting jewels on their enemies, so the multiple islets around the bay were born.



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