Officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, it is a country in Southeast Asia, at the eastern tip of the Indochina peninsula.
Vietnam is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, and cities teeming with life.
Its capital, Hanoi, pays tribute to Ho Chi Minh, revolutionary and president of the communist era, with a large marble Mausoleum.

Beautiful beach with golden sand & palmtrees at Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, with its Colonial flavour, highlights its iconic French-style buildings, its Vietnam War museum and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Modern Vietnam was born after the Proclamation of Independence from France in 1945. After Vietnam’s victory against the French in the First Indochina War, which ended in 1954, the nation was divided into two states: the communist north and the anti-communist south.
The conflicts escalated into the Vietnam War, where there was extensive intervention by the United States in support of South Vietnam and Soviet and Chinese support for the North, which ended with the victory of North Vietnam in 1975.

Best Beaches In Vietnam.

Where is Vietnam located?

It is in Southeast Asia at the eastern tip of the peninsula known as Indochina. It borders China to the north and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The South China Sea lies to the east and south.

How many languages ​​are spoken in Vietnam?

Vietnamese is the only one official and national language of Vietnam. It is the first language of the majority of the Vietnamese population and uses the Latin alphabet.
However, the languages of Vietnam have a rich tradition whereby you can get to know the vast linguistic diversity of the country, with its 110 officially recognized dialects and languages spoken in Vietnam in a more authentic way.

Is English spoken in Vietnam?

Many Vietnamese speak English in the most touristy spots, however in the more rural areas, they will not speak it at all.
Some of the older citizens surely speak more French than English.

 

 

Vietnam Beach.

Social Conduct in Vietnam.

Never show affection in public places.
Never touch someone’s head.
Never point your finger, use your hands.
Never wear short clothing in public places.

What is the dress code in Vietnam?

Both Vietnamese women and men dress conservatively, with long pants and shirts WITH short or long sleeves, NOT SLEEVELESS.  Most tourists wear shorts so it’s not a big deal, but you won’t be able to visit Pagodas wearing them.

Hạ Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam.

What country is Vietnam in?

Vietnam is a country in its own right, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. One of the five communist countries that still exist, along with China, Cuba, Laos and North Korea.
The United States participated from 1954 to 1975 in the well-known Vietnam War.

Between 1862 and 1867, the southern third of the country became the French colony of Cochinchina. By 1884, the entire country was under French rule.
The Vietnamese were formally integrated into the union of French Indochina in 1887.
The French maintained full control over their colonies until World War II, when the war in the Pacific led to the Japanese invasion of French Indochina in 1940.
Vietnam was under Japanese rule until March 1945.
The colonial administration ended and French Indochina was dissolved in 1954.
On July 2, 1976, North and South Vietnam were merged to form the current Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Is Vietnam a safe country?

Vietnam is, in general, a very safe country to travel in.
The police maintain strict control over the social order and assaults of any kind or  robberies are rare.
You might come across small scams in the main cities, especially involving taxi or cyclo fares, but they are more annoyances than safety concerns.

How much cash can bring in Vietnam?

There is no legal limit on the amount of cash you can bring into the country, however, you must declare it if you bring an amount equal to US $ 5,000 or more.

Halong Bay, Vietnamese women canoeing.
Halong Bay, Vietnamese women canoeing.

Can I use my debit card in Vietnam?

Yes, in big hotels, shops and restaurants although there will be a 3-4% charge, but small shops, local markets, budget guest houses and food stalls usually only accept cash.  

Vietnam Currency

Vietnamese Dong, code, VND.

How is the Vietnamese dong divided?

A single đồng is made up of 10 hào and 100 xu, neither of which is used in Vietnam.
The bank minted 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 đồng coins. Although they are no longer actively produced or used, these coins remain legal tender.

Vietnamese banknote, Dong 50 000, Obverse. 2003. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 50 000, Obverse. 2003. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 50 000, Reverse. 2003. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Complex of Hue Monuments, also known as Hue Imperial City.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 50 000, Reverse. 2003. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Complex of Hue Monuments, also known as Hue Imperial City
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 200 000, Obverse. 2006. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 200 000, Obverse. 2006. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 200 000, Reverse. 2006. Ha Long Bay, with its typical limestone karsts and traditional junk ship.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 200 000, Reverse. 2006. Ha Long Bay, with its typical limestone karsts and traditional junk ship.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 500 000, Obverse. 2003. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 500 000, Obverse. 2003. Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese banknote, Dong 500 000, Reverse. 2003. Hồ Chí Minh’s childhood home in the village of Kim Liên, President of Vietnam.

What vaccines do I need for Vietnam?

The National Travel Health Center and Network and WHO recommend vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and tetanus for travel to Vietnam. Ask your doctor advice.

How common is typhoid fever in Vietnam?

The national typhoid incidence rate of 14.7/100,000 per year was estimated around the new millennium in Vietnam. That’s 0.15%. Make sure you drink bottled or treated water and wash your hands regularly.

Vietnamese man on bicycle with rattan handicraft
Vietnamese man on bicycle with rattan handicraft

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