Image: PHOTO: Terraced rice field landscape near Sapa in Vietnam. (photo via NanoStockk / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Image: PHOTO: Terraced rice field landscape near Sapa in Vietnam. (photo via NanoStockk / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
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Vietnam Travel Guide 

Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, bordered by Laos, Cambodia, and China. It is home to over 96 million people and is renowned for its rich culture and history.

From the lush jungles and soaring mountains of the north to the bustling cities and stunning beaches of the south, Vietnam has something for everyone. With a rich and fascinating history, diverse cultures, cuisine, and landscapes, it is a country that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home. 

With a wide range of activities, attractions, and experiences to explore, travelers can easily find something to suit their tastes and interests. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a cultural experience, or a laid-back holiday, Vietnam will not disappoint.

Getting around Vietnam is relatively easy. The country has an extensive network of buses, trains, and airplanes. You can get to almost any destination in the country. 

The main thing to remember is to plan your travel in advance, as we found that seats and tickets can fill up quickly!

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Welcome to Vietnam – a country of stunning natural beauty, warm hospitality, and a rich culture that spans centuries. From the vibrant cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the breathtaking landscapes of the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay, Vietnam is the perfect place to explore and experience the very best of Southeast Asia.

Important Things To Know

Currency

Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), symbolized as “₫.”

It’s simple to change foreign currency at banks or currency exchange booths, which you can find at airports, shopping centers, and popular tourist spots. You’ll also find ATMs where you can withdraw VND using a foreign debit or credit card. 

Unlike some other countries, tipping isn’t as obligatory in Vietnam, so you don’t need to worry about it.

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Cyclists exploring Vietnam. (photo courtesy of Exodus Travels) (Photo Credit: Exodus)

National Languages

Vietnam is a linguistically diverse nation, with over 80 distinct languages and dialects spoken. The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, which most of the population speaks. However, there are also numerous minority languages, such as Chinese, Khmer, Muong, and Cham.

English is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam. It is widely spoken in many cities and tourist sites and is taught as a foreign language in most schools.

Climate And Weather

Vietnam is a tropical country with a large amount of rainfall and high temperatures year-round. The climate varies depending on the region, with the north experiencing colder temperatures during the winter months (November to April) and hotter temperatures in the summer months (May to October). 

In general, the weather in Vietnam can be divided into two distinct seasons:

  • The dry season: November to April
  • The rainy season: May to October. 

 

During the dry season, temperatures remain relatively consistent during the day and drop slightly at night. The rainy season is characterized by heavy rain and the occasional typhoon.

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When To Visit Vietnam

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The best time to visit Vietnam is generally from November to April, as the climate is cooler and drier during this period. The cooler temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Best Places To Stay In Vietnam

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Epic Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City & Handmade Noodles (photo via GAdventures) (Photo Credit: Provided by GAdventures)

There are many fantastic places to stay in Vietnam but here are our top Vietnam destinations:

  • Ho Chi Minh City: If you want a large, exciting city to explore, Ho Chi Minch is for you! Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a vibrant metropolis with a population of over 8 million people. It is well-known for its bustling markets and nightlife, where you can find a mix of traditional and modern shops, restaurants, and bars. 
  • Hanoi: During our travels in Vietnam, we stayed in Hanoi to explore the Red River Delta. Hanoi Is an important economic and cultural center for the whole of Vietnam. It is known for its numerous lakes, French colonial architecture, and vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of tourist attractions, such as the ancient Temple of Literature and the Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Hoi An: If you’re after ancient culture, head to Hoi An. Hoi An is an ancient city in Vietnam located in the Quang Nam Province. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved ancient architecture, including old streets, canals, and covered bridges.

 

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