About Vietnam

Vietnam is a country located in the South East Asia.  It was founded in 2879 BC. (photo above is taken by Perfect Lazybones / Shutterstock.com)

History [Founded in 2879 BC] • Capital [Hanoi] • Government [Socialist Republic] • Currency [đồng (₫) (VND)] • Language [Vietnamese (official)] • Religion [Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Christian, indigenous beliefs, Muslim] • Electricity [220V/50Hz (American plug in south, European plug in north)] • Time Zone [UTC +7] • Country Code [+84] • Internet TLD [.vn] • Emergencies [Dial 113 Police. 114 Fire]

Vietnam Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Vietnam and find the best things to see, do and experience in Vietnam even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Bến Thành Market

ben-thanh-market
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This is an panoramic view of BEN THANH market at QUACH THI TRANG. It is large marketplace in central Hồ Chí Minh City. BEN THANH market was established during French domination and the symbol of the city.  It is a popular place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods and Vietnamese art.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Tourist junks floating among limestone rocks at Ha Long Bay, South China Sea, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Bitexco Financial Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower
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The Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest building in Vietnam, inaugurated in 30 october 2010. It offers visitors a panoramic view of the city.

Củ Chi tunnels

Củ Chi tunnelsCu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Ho Chi Minh City HallCity Hall of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam at night.

Independence Palace

Independence PalaceIndependence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Independence Palace is known as Reunification Palace and was established on the site of the former Norodom Palace.

Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City

Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City-edit
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Saigon Opera House or Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was established in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene.

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Saigon Notre-Dame BasilicaSaigon Notre-Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum exhibits captured American military equipment and shot down planes.

Map

Tipping

Restaurant – 5% -10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – $3 -$5 per day per person
Hotel –  USD $1-2 per day. Bell man $1 per lugguage
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – 15%- 20% of the bill

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Dông:  VND with symbol : ₫
Vietnam Dollar Notes denominations: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, 500,000
Vietnam Coin denominations: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted in major banks. In US dollars recommended.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1600

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dial 113 Police. 114 Fire

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.