331,114 sq Km. Population:81 million. Capital: Hanoi. Despite Vietnam’s on going economic liberalization and the pressures of rapid development, this dignified country has managed to preserve its rich civilization and highly cultured society. Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by woman in conical hats and enchanting beaches along the coast too, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests. The country has discarded its post – war fatigues and the boom in budget traveling, coupled with the softening of government control, have enabled more contemporary and relevant portraits of the country to gain currency in the West. Vietnam offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.
Apporximately Dong 15.950 to one US. Dollar. Credit cards are generally only accepted in major cities. Money could be change at ATM, banks hotels and jewelry shops throughout the country.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam but there are various dailects spoken by hill tribe people in remote areas. Leaning foreign languages, particularly English and French, is currently in vogue among young people in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue Da Nang and other cities.
Customs and formalities
Arriving in vietname, all visitors must fill in declaration forms and show their laggage to customs officials on request. There are no limited amounts of foreign currency, objects mad of gold, silver, precious metal and gemstones or plated with silver or gold but visitors must declare these in detail on the customs forms.
The other way to get into Vietnam is by land, from China/Hekou(Kunning), Dong Dang (Nannning) from Laos/Laobao(Davavanh), Namphao (Laksao) from Cambodia/Bavet (Svay Riaeng) visa must be indicated clearly by Vietnamese Embassies.
No vaccinations are presently required. If travelling to remote or border areas, travelers should check with their doctor or travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against Typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis.
Passports and Visa
Most fo the courntries are required to have visa before getting into vietnam. Visa is usually delivered by Vietnamese Embassies require the original passport and 1 photo for three full working days in order to stamp the visa. Visa approval also could arrange Indochina Explorer upon the client request, stamp could get at Hanoi/Noi Bai airport, Danang/Danang airport and Ho Chi Minh/Tan Son Nhat airport.