Vietnam Tourism Overview
Vietnam, a tiny unassuming country in Southeast Asia catapulted itself into infamy when the then divided country plunged into a war that devastated the country. Though the war is far behind, it still has a hold on an entire generation. Nowadays, the country is more known for its backpacking scene and breathtaking scenery than the war.
Geography of Vietnam
Vietnam is a South East Asian country surrounded by China,Laos and Cambodia on the west and Eastern Sea of the Pacific Ocean. Vietnam is geographically rich with scenic landscapes comprising tropical lowlands & Highlands. The climate is great to visit all year round with snowfall in the mountains of Northern highlands make for good skiing locations. The temperature is cool to moist with a tropical monsoon climate ranging between 22-27 C.
Why choose Vietnam as a travel destination?
Tourism in Vietnam is one of the major contributors to their GDP, accounting for at least 7.5% of the total GDP. Every year at least 10 million tourists visit the country hoping to take in the world famous sights, amazing food, and rich culture.
The most popular destination in the country is Ho Chi Minh City, followed by Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. All of these three places are considered to be one the top 100 most visited cities in the world. The country is also home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites making it a travel destination like no other.
Beauty of Vietnam
Vietnam has some of the world’s most stunning sights known to man. To the north, you’ll find sweeping views of valleys and mountains which are home to colourful ethnic communities. You’ll also find magnificent limestone karsts, ancient pagodas, and breathtaking caves. In the south, you’ll find mangrove forests, winding rivers, and floating markets. In between the north and south, you’ll be mesmerised by turquoise waters and sandy beaches, spa retreats, rivertowns and relics of ancient dynasties.
Here is a list of must-visit attractions
- Binh Dinh
- Quy Nhon
- Ky Co beach
- Eo Good
- Hoan Kiem and the French Quarters
- Imperial Citadel of Thang long
- Hanoi's historic Old Quarter
- Mai Chau's green rice paddies
- White Thai villages
- Dong Xuan Market
- Hoi An
- Mekong Delta
- Halong Bay
Local Food & Drinks
The Vietnamese are known for their fresh, healthy, and delicious food, You'll find bustling markets, cafes, and restaurants all across the country. Some of Vietnam's most famous dishes include pho, a simple noodle soup dish made from just four basic ingredients: clear broth, rice noodles, meat, and herbs. Banh mi, a sandwich made from baguettes and stuffed with all kinds of meat, vegetables, and fresh herbs. Hao Ga, a chicken rice porridge. Xoi Xeo, a sweet-savory sticky rice snack topped with mung beans and fried shallots. And so much more. One great thing about eating in Vietnam is that all their food is made differently everywhere so you get to try different variations depending on which city or province you are
Weather in Vietnam
Vietnam does not have a distinct weather to describe it. Every part of it, from north to south experiences different climate patterns.
The weather in North Vietnam is cool from December to March. It is sunny until June when the monsoon rains arrive. Winters are cool and misty, and nights are cold.
November and December can be wet and overcast in central Vietnam, but the majority of the year is sunny.
The southern part of Vietnam is always warm, and temperatures can soar during the summer. The months of June to August are characterised by daily downpours.
Currency of Vietnam
The official currency for Vietnam is the dong (VND, symbol: ₫). Payments are made in dong but US dollars are also accepted in some hotels, restaurants, and tours. But it is not recommended to use USD since the exchange rate can be confusing. Almost all hotels and shopping malls in Vietnam accept Visa and MasterCard, but not roadside stalls. Most big cities and tourist areas in Vietnam have ATMs, but chip-and-pin ATMs are difficult to find. A magnetic stripe-backed card is therefore the best option.
Currently, there are banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 y 500,000 Vietnamese dongs.
For tourists traveling to Vietnam for the first time one can pack lightly suitable to the soothing tropical weather. Warm clothing is necessary when visiting the Northern snowy region.
Transport through Vietnam is through flights, trains, buses and rental mopeds/bikes.
The 3 Vietnamese airports are Hanoi, Da Nang and HoChi Minh City.
There are flights available to the other parts within the country. Nha Trang & Phu Quoc are the other two airports.
The local taxi services charge anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 Dong
One can hail online cabs at Grabcar, GoViet etc whose services are comparatively cheaper.
Travellers to Vietnam require a visa. There are two ways to obtain a visa- offline with the help of a tour company and the closest Vietnam embassy or online. You can apply for a visa via a registered and government approved tour company who will apply for your visa pre-approval letter. Once you receive your pre-approval letter, you can collect your visa and directly go to the check in counter at the airport on arrival. Besides this, you can also apply for an e-visa for 30 days, single entry. There are a limited number of entry/exit points for the e-visa.
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COVID test is no longer required by Vietnam and the country is now open for all international travel. However, travellers must wear a mask and follow other COVID requirements.
Vietnam does not discriminate between vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. All travellers regardless of vaccination status will follow the same entry requirements.
If you show symptoms of COVID, please notify the nearest hospital or health agency. If you’re fully vaccinated
To travel to Vietnam, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive.