Vietnam is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands and rainforest regions yield new species and teem with exotic wildlife. Its islands and beaches are among the finest in all of Southeast Asia and its cuisine offers exquisite dishes. With an intriguing history spanning back over 4,000 years, including occupations from both the Chinese and French, strong cultural influences can be found in the architecture and cuisine.
Neighbouring countries: China to the North, Cambodia to the south-west and Laos to the West. The South China Sea borders the country to the East.
Area: 331 041 km².
Population : 94,933,248 (Dec 2016)
Time Zone: GMT+7 hours
People: 53 ethnic minorities
Vietnam has a diverse climate that varies significantly from region to region:
The North (Hanoi to Sapa)
• April to October: temperatures between 30-35°C with occasional bursts of heavy rain.
• December to March: temperatures between 10-15°C. February and March can be damp with drizzle and overcast skies.
The Centre (Hue to Nha Trang)
• Nha Trang: sunshine all year round apart from November and December when the area has heavy rain.
• Central Highland: cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March.
• Da Nang and Hue: typhoons from mid October to mid December
The South (Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh)
• May to October: hot and wet
• November to April: hot and humid
Please note: The weather can be very unpredictable so it may be a good idea to carry an umbrella or raincoat with you. You can purchase these from supermarkets and general stores.
Passports should be valid for six months from the date of entry into Vietnam. We recommend you make a photocopy of your passport and keep it somewhere separate, or scan it and keep it in an accessible email account. Visitors must have a visa before entering Vietnam. WaytoVietnam Travel can arrange this for you. A visa on arrival can only be obtained with a letter of approval.
– Make sure your passport is valid with at least 6 months before the expiry date
– Consider medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance.
– Check with your doctor re vaccinations and medicines needed.
– Hat and sunglasses
– Clothes with covered shoulders and knees for sacred buildings and temples
– Good shoes for trekking and for walks around temples
– Personal First Aid Kit (bring in small amounts and in small containers)
– ID pictures for visa
– At least 30 USD in cash for the visa fee
– Passport and important documents’ photocopies in case of loss
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