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Vietnam in General Introduction





 

Capital: HANOI

LANGUAGE
National Language:Vietnamese.
Foreign Language :
Russian: mostly in North, but increasingly in the south and central.
English: mostly in whole Vietnam, especially in tourist region.
French:amongst older Vietnamese in tourist areas.
Mother tongue: Each minority group have their own language.


CLIMATE
Climate varies from Northern to Southern, see local info.
Generally summer, (Apr-Sep) is hot, very hot.
Winter is dry and relatively cool, the best time to travel.

  Best season Wet Dry Hot Cool Storms
North (Hanoi) Nov - Mar May - Oct Nov - Apr Apr - Sep Nov -Mar  
Middle (Hue) May - Jun Sep - Jan May - Apr May - Aug Dec - Jan Aug - Sep
South (Saigon) Nov - Apr May - Sep Mar - Apr All year None  

Clothing:North:In the highlands Nov-Mar, it is very cold, especially mornings. Warmly Cloths as Jacket necessary. South:T-shirts are enough all year around, except in the highlands, where it can be cooler. Apr-May is very hot. Hats are essential to avoid sun stroke.

TRAVELING COSTS
Vietnam has been changed a lot since 1986 with its "open policy". For tourist services, there are many reasonable hotels in most of the tourist destinations. The transportation system as train & Automobile is so good now. Its fares are reasonable while quality is perfect. The bargaining in markets or on street is not hard as it used to be. ( Only the old ladies are tough to bargain. Avoid them.)
Some basic minimum prices example for tourists:( as own experience )

Room:  single $10 , twin $15, dm $2 -3
Restaurant Meal: 80,000 VND+ 
Tourist Cafe: 50,000 VND+
Breakfast:          15,000D VND+
French bread sandwich: 20-30,000 VND
Black coffee: 10,000 VND 
Coffee with milk:  15,000 VND
Mineral Water 1.5-liter: 10,000 VND+
Beer:  10-15,000 VND / bottle or can
Coke (can):  10 - 15,000 VND
Coke (bottle): 7,000 VND.
Ice cream:  5,000D
Fruit shake:  15 - 30,000 VND.
Post Card:  5,000 VND.
T-shirt:  80-120,000 VND

CURRENCY
US dollar is the best. The rate and T/C commission varies slightly between banks and cities.
Not much difference in rate between T/C & cash. The rate is slightly higher for larger notes.
When price is quoted in US$, you can pay in dollar or Vietnamese Dong. Sometime paying in VD is better because of the exchange rate they use.

* Exchange Rate:( up date on 15 / October / 2008 )
US$1 =  22,800 VND.

* Best currency to take: USA dollars, EUR. Cash can be used at many places. The exchange rate is better than for other currencies. Exchange Commission: Cash to VND - None,
Payment by credit card: + 3%.* Best currency to take: USA dollars, EUR. Cash can be used at many places. The exchange rate is better than for other currencies. Exchange Commission: Cash to VND - None,
Payment by credit card: + 3%.

* Bank Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8:30-11:30,13:00-16:00, Sat: 8:30-11:30, Sun: Closed.

* Payment by Cards : Visa Card, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, Traveler Cheque... are accepted at every hotels, restaurants, Travel agencies and tourist areas with a 3 % commission for local banks.

* ATM's:Available in all major cities and towns.
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